New York Farm Bureau

NY Farm Bureau

Severe restrictions on people crossing our borders could present a problem for Central New York’s farmers.  The New York Farm Bureau is asking for state and federal help to make sure farms have labor to plant, harvest and produce food.

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Farmworkers in Central New York and across the state are claiming victory after a state appellate court ruled Thursday that they have a constitutionally protected right to organize.  Crispin Hernandez filed suit in 2016 after he had gathered his co-workers after work hours in his personal residence to discuss workplace and living conditions.

Governor Cuomo presented what he called his “justice agenda” Tuesday, highlighting a series progressive issues in his state of the state and budget address.  We’ve already seen examples with voting reforms approved by lawmakers Monday, and protections for transgender people yesterday. 

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Many Central New York farmers are probably breathing a sigh of relief now that the Farm Bill has made its way through Congress.  Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer claimed success in securing many of its provisions, including relief for struggling dairy farmers. 

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This holiday season farmers from around New York State are giving the gift of food. The New York Farm Bureau announced on Tuesday that they donated more than 10,600,000 pounds of food this year through November, and dropped off another shipment to the Food Bank of Central New York. The food donation is the largest from state farmers in a single year, and translates to almost 9,000,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.

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Farmers in Central New York and across the state say they’re feeling the pinch of retaliatory tariffs placed on some of their products in the escalating trade war with the U.S.  They welcome the $12 billion aid package offered by the Trump Administration, but worry the damage may be permanent.