NYFB's State Budget Statement

The following may be attributed to New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher:

“New York Farm Bureau is overall pleased with agricultural funding in the final New York State Budget, especially in a difficult year financially with a new political dynamic at play. Important research, marketing and promotion programs farmers rely on were fully funded. Our farmers are also appreciative of the extension of the agricultural workforce tax credit to help offset a portion of rising minimum wage costs as well as making the 2% property tax cap permanent. In the end, Governor Cuomo and Assembly leaders, including Agriculture Chair Donna Lupardo, spearheaded efforts to work with the Senate to safeguard agricultural funding, a vitally important part of the spending plan that benefits farmers and consumers alike. We also appreciate Senate Agriculture Chair Jen Metzger and Rural Resources Commission Chair, Senator Rachel May, for their efforts to highlight the importance of farming in their conference,” said David Fisher, New York Farm Bureau President.