Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New York Farm Bureau Comments on Cuomo's Budget Proposal

Here is a statement from New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget:

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo is moving quickly on key tax reform proposals, including raising the estate tax threshold to match the federal level of $5.25 million. 

He also supports expanded funding for water quality and farmland protection programs within the Environmental Protection Fund. These initiatives will serve farm families well who are looking to preserve the environment, as well as their farms, from one generation to the next. 

The programs are widely used by farmers across New York who are always looking for ways to become better caretakers of our natural resources.

As New York Farm Bureau continues to examine specific details in the proposed budget, we believe the proposed funding for programs housed within the Department of Agriculture and Markets is a good start by the Governor and we appreciate his support. 

We are confident there will be many opportunities to work over the coming months to expand business and market funding opportunities for New York’s farmers. This includes promotional support and enhanced access for farm products in New York City and other urban markets, where consumers are increasingly wanting locally grown,” said Dean Norton, president of New York Farm Bureau.


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