Monday, May 6, 2013

Gillibrand to Discuss Farm Priorities Today at Noon

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will talk today at noon about the upcoming vote on the Farm Bill.

As 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 farmers.

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. 

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