Priority Issues for 2017
Also cominng soon NYFB's budget analysis of the Governor's 2017 Executive Budget Proposal.
I. Oppose unworkable farm labor mandates, while making much needed updates and reforms to New York State labor laws and regulations and providing assistance with farm compliance
a. Oppose the omnibus farmworker labor bill and components thereof
II. Enact a Refundable Investment Tax Credit for farmers
This initiative would incentivize farm investment to meet the needs of global competition in a period of very low commodity prices and weather-related crop losses.
III. Double the minimum wage tax credit for farmers starting in 2017
Increasing the agricultural minimum wage tax credit will help offset increased labor costs on farms and help them better compete with farms in neighboring states.
IV. Support for funding for critical food safety, animal health and agricultural promotion and economic development programs in the Agriculture and Markets budget
V. Support for funding of Environmental Protection Fund programs that provide cost-sharing of critical farm water quality and farmland protection projects that allow farms to reinvest in their farm business
a. Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution and Abatement Program
VI. Provide and implement an institutional preference for New York-grown food for state institutional purchasing
VII. Support reform of New York’s inherent risk laws
VIII. Support a state tax credit for donations of locally grown food by farmers to food banks