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2013 Senate Agriculture Committee Annual Report

2013 Senate Agriculture Committee Annual Report

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2013 Annual Report of the NYS Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture
2013 Annual Report of the NYS Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture

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report of thestanding committee on agriculture
Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair December 2013
2013 Senate Committee on  Agriculture Members
Senator Patty Ritchie
Senator Patrick GallivanSenator Thomas F. O’MaraSenator Michael H. RanzenhoferSenator James L. SewardSenator Catharine YoungSenator Terry W. Gipson (Ranking Member) Senator Velmanette Montgomery Senator José M. Serrano Senator Cecilia F. TkaczykSTAFFTheodore T. Kusnierz, Chief of Staff/Committee DirectorPatricia McMurray, Committee ClerkSheila O’Sullivan, CounselJames Salamy, Legislative DirectorBreAnna Avery, Legislative AssistantSenator David J. Valesky
December 2013Senator Dean G. SkelosRepublican Conference Leader Senator Jeff KleinIndependent Democratic Conference Leader Te Capitol  Albany, NY 1224
Dear Leaders Skelos and Klein:It is my pleasure to present the annual report o the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture detailing the activities o the Committee in 2013.As you know, agriculture is the leading industry in New York State. Our 36,000 amily arms work daily to generate over $5.7 billion worth o agricultural products annually. Tey accomplish this by utilizing 23 percent o the state’s land area, or 7 million acres, to produce a diverse array o ood products.In an effort to address a number o key agricultural issues, the Committee reported 30 bills, o which five were signed into law, and eight await action by Governor Cuomo. Highlights o the 2013 Legislative Session include approval o a 2% cap on annual increases in agricultural assessments and adoption o a budget that significantly in-creased unding or key agricultural programs.I wish to thank my colleagues on the Committee or their support and commitment to important agricultural issues throughout 2013, which allow our amily arms to keep New York a leading agricultural state.Sincerely,Senator Patty RitchieChair, Senate Agriculture Committee

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