State Senator James Seward met yesterday (March 3) in Albany with local producers and farming advocates from Cortland and Tompkins Counties, during the New York Farm Bureau’s annual “Taste of New York” legislative day.
Meeting with Seward for a discussion on budget and legislative priorities were members of Farm Bureau chapters in Cortland, Tompkins and four other counties in the 51st Senatorial District (photo at bottom of page).
“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry and I always stand ready to work with our New York Farm Bureau members to ensure farming will continue to be a viable business,” said Senator Seward. “Along with sampling the many foods and beverages that are produced in our state, the annual lobby days are a great opportunity to learn from farmers and producers about their changing needs and how best the state can respond to help them succeed.”
Seward also got a chance to learn about some of the different offerings in the area – such as Dragonfyre Distillery in Marathon, owned by Vincent Pedini – during the “Taste of New York” legislative reception (see photo below).
During his more than 30-year tenure, Seward has consistently supported initiatives and programs to assist New York’s farmers.
He’s presently working to restore funding cuts proposed in Governor Cuomo’s latest state budget that support vital agriculture programs.
“Farmers deal with countless challenges every day. Anything to ease their financial burden, increase productivity, open markets for their products, and help get new farmers off the ground has my strong support,” said Seward. “New York also needs to take steps to reduce unnecessary regulations and costs that hold back our farmers and agri-businesses.”
Seward is also a regular recipient of the Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” award for his work on agricultural legislation.
Additionally, he was recently recognized with a national “Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America” award for his many years supporting the New York Rollover Protection System Rebate Program.