NYS Budget Statement
The following may be attributed to New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher:
“New York Farm Bureau understands the dire straits that New York State is facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deficits are real, not only for the expected projections for state government, but also for New York’s farmers who are seeing drastic drops in their customer base and commodity prices because of the virtual shutdown of our economy.
The final budget deal is about as good as we could expect during these times. Many of the important budget lines that support research, environmental compliance, marketing and promotion remain intact and are appreciated. There are also much needed updates to the recently enacted farm labor law that address fixes New York Farm Bureau was seeking, including clarification for family and salaried employees. However, some of the requests to address serious financial needs on farms that we were hopeful would make the final budget only weeks ago, like the refundable investment tax credit for farms, are no longer in it. Farms and agricultural businesses are in great need and we hope that New York State will continue to work with us to support our farms and food system that are clearly essential in good times and bad.”