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NY Senator Webb Announces Advancement of Farmers Legislation


New York State Senator Lea Webb (NY-52) has announced the New York State Senate has advanced legislation designated to support farmers within the state.

“Farmers are the heart of our communities here in the Southern Tier, feeding our families and growing our economy,”

said Senator Lea Webb.

The legislation passed by the senate include: Agricultural Land Use, Farming Hotline, Procurement Goals for NYS, Farm Ownership Succession Planning Program, Office of Urban Agriculture, Agricultural Representation on the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, Expansion of Regional Farmers’ Markets, Interstate and Intrastate Cider Shipment, Carbon Farming Tax Credit for Farmers, and NY Healthy Incentive Program.

Details to each bill may be found below:

● Agricultural Land Use: This bill, S1056-A, sponsored by Senator Michelle Hinchey expands the definition of “land used in agricultural production” to allow start-up, beginning, and small farms that are in production of the sale of crops, livestock or livestock products to receive an agricultural assessment if the farm is able to establish they have the ability to meet the currently required annual gross sales value within a certain timeframe. This bill provides these farmers an opportunity to receive this tax benefit, protect their land, and connect them with the resources needed to ensure success.

● Farming Hotline: This bill, S2236, sponsored by Senator Michelle Hinchey would establish a farming hotline with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. This would serve as a one stop hotline to connect farmers with information and support on needs, including, tax credit programs, beginning farmer loans, and sustainable practices.

● Procurement Goals for New York State: This bill, S3125, sponsored by Senator Michelle Hinchey would establish procurement goals for New York State food products purchased by state agencies which will incentivize these agencies to strengthen and expand local farm and food economies throughout the state.

● Farm Ownership Succession Planning Program: This bill, S2407, sponsored by Senator Jamaal Bailey would establish the farm ownership succession planning program to provide farm owners with a succession planning toolkit that can be used by such farm owners who plan on selling or closing their farm.

● The Office of Urban Agriculture: This bill, S2415, sponsored by Senator Jamaal Bailey would establish an Office of Urban Agriculture to assist with and promote various forms of urban farming throughout the state. This office would support and help facilitate various efforts to create and uphold urban agriculture structures around New York.

● Agricultural Representation on the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council: This bill, S1218-B, sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie would require that one member, appointed by the governor, to the State Fire Prevention and Building Council shall represent agricultural producers.

● Expansion of Regional Farmers’ Markets: This bill, S1365, sponsored by Senator Tim Kennedy directs the Department of Agriculture and Markets to increase the number of regional farmers’ markets for the direct marketing of foods and produce in the state.

● Interstate and Intrastate Cider Shipment: This bill, S1999, sponsored by Senator Rachel May would allow both intrastate shipment of hard cider in New York and interstate shipment to New York by cideries located in states that afford the same treatment to New York cideries.

● Carbon Farming Tax Credit For Farmers: This bill, S4270, sponsored by Senator Kevin Parker establishes a tax credit for farmers who maximize carbon sequestration potential through a “carbon farming” land management strategy and directs the Department of Environmental Conservation to develop regulations related to certifying the amount of carbon sequestered or emissions reduced. This would create a new financial incentive for land management practices undertaken by farmers which help improve soil health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, making New York a leader in promoting new agricultural strategies that combat climate change.

● New York Healthy Incentive Program: This bill, S3069-A, sponsored by Senator Roxanne J. Persaud establishes a framework to implement a statewide New York Healthy Incentive Program (NYHIP) to incentivize fresh and healthy food purchases using SNAP benefits and increase local investments in farms and farm-to-consumer entities.

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