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National Issues

NYFB works closely with Congress and federal agencies to ensure the future of farming in New York. Farmer members and staff visit Washington, D.C., and spend time with Congressional members in their districts to educate and advocate on behalf of agricultural and rural issues.

Advocate with NYFB in Washington, D.C.

NYFB makes several trips a year to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of the New York agriculture industry. These trips include visiting with Senators, Representatives and staff to discuss NYFB policy priorities and other legislative and regulatory actions that affect farm businesses in New York. Trips also include meeting with regulatory agencies and foreign embassies to discuss farm regulation, policy and programs administered by the agencies or foreign governments.  NYFB members interested in attending a trip should contact their NYFB Field Staff.

There is an opportunity for NYFB Young Farmers to attend national advocacy trips at 50% cost-share. Click here for more information.

2021 Issue Sheets

Farm Bill

Summary of the Final 2018 Farm Bill

Explanation of the 2018 Farm Bill Dairy Provisions

Summary of the 2018 Farm Bill Dairy Provisions

NYFB 2018 Farm Bill Summary

2018 Farm Bill Text

What's in Title 1 of the 2018 Farm Bill for Field Crops

2018 Farm Bill Baseline Spending

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Series #1 - Background of Produce Safety Rule

Series #2 - Produce Safety Rule Requirements

Series #3 - Produce Safety Rule Exemptions

Series #4 - FSMA Trainings

Testimony & Comments

Topics and Scientific Questions for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Submitted by David Fisher, NYFB President

National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, Submitted by David Fisher, NYFB President

Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey, Maple Syrup and Certain Cranberry Products; Draft Guidance for Industry, Submitted by David Fisher, NYFB President


NY Farm Bureau Requests USDA COVID-19 Assistance for Farmers

Farm Bureaus Supporting Dairy Farmers in Joint Letter to USDA

Self-Employed Needs in Response to COVID-19