Farm Bureau tells Albany to stop “plowing agriculture under”

ALBANY – Chenango County will be represented in the hundreds of farm advocates who will converge on the state capitol today with the intent of raising the awareness of legislators to the concerns of New York’s largest industry – agriculture.

“(We want) to stop Albany from “plowing us under,” explained Chenango County Farm Bureau President Bradd Vickers, who is leading the local contingent to the New York Farm Bureau’s annual Lobby Day.

Vickers, CCFB Vice-President Harvey Fletcher, Director Linda Denz and Annette Connick, a farm bureau member and retired Ag in the Classroom teacher, will be among the one thousand expected to attend the event this year.

The purpose of the trip, Vickers said, is to “reaffirm the importance” of agriculture to the state’s economy and to encourage legislators to stop increasing taxes, fees and the number of mandates with which farms are forced to comply.

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