Friday, January 23, 2015

Ritchie Re-Appointed Chair of Senate Ag Committee

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie, R-Oswegatchie, has been re-appointed as chair of the state Senate Agriculture Committee.

She also was named to the powerful Finance and Transportation Committees. 

“In recent years we’ve made great progress to grow the agriculture industry, increasing funding for critical programs and making investments in initiatives that support our state’s hardworking farmers,” Ritchie said in a release. "I am thrilled to once again be named as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues and New York’s farmers to help the industry continue to grow.”

Since first being appointed Senate Agriculture Committee chair in 2011, Ritchie has helped increase funding for critical agriculture programs by more than $21 million above the governor's  recommendation, repeal costly mandates affecting farmers, launch new initiatives including the innovative “Young Farmers NY” — a program that aims to protect the future of agriculture by attracting young people to careers in the industry — and leading the fight against deadly diseases like EEE and rabies. 

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