Blue ribbon task force formed on future of NY farming

ALBANY – County legislators from across New York have joined forces to reaffirm the importance of agriculture to the state economy with a series of recommendations designed to strengthen the many-faceted industry.

“For Chenango County, the farming industry is priority number one,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Decker in March, after the first meeting of the New York Association of Counties’ newly formed Blue Ribbon Taskforce on the Future of Farming in New York State. The Town of North Norwich Supervisor was one of the initial 25 representatives on the committee, which has since swelled to encompass 45 county leaders from across the state.



Over the last six months, the committee has worked in conjunction with other organizations - such as the New York Farm Bureau, American Farmland Trust, Farm Credit East and NYS Department of Agriculture - to craft a number of state and federal policy recommendations designed to support and promote agriculture with a goal of stabilizing the industry in the short term and “sow the seeds” of long-term growth.


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