U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will talk today at noon about the upcoming vote on the Farm Bill.
the Farm Bill moves through the Senate Agriculture Committee as early
as this week, reaching the full Senate the following week, Gillibrand will outline
her priorities for the legislation to strengthen New York State’s
agriculture industry and rural communities.
Gillibrand, New York’s first member of the Senate Agriculture
Committee in nearly four decades, is fighting to include measures that
can strengthen specialty crop insurance, improve access to credit for
struggling farmers, invest in rural broadband,
and connect locally grown, farm-fresh produce with communities that
need it, as well as reform dairy pricing and strengthen income for dairy
As of 2010, New York State is home to more than 36,000 farms that
stretch across nearly 7 million acres of land, according to USDA data.