Herkimer County Farm Bureau recently sent several members to the state capital in Albany to talk about the Farm Bureau’s top priorities during the current legislative session. Members met with State Senator James Seward and Assembly member Marc Butler, along with several Downstate Adopted New York Legislators.
County leaders talked with legislators about funding for agricultural and environmental programs in the state budget, allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores, farm labor laws, and the current state of the dairy economy.
Herkimer County Farm Bureau members and Assemblyman Marc Butler as the Assemblyman is being recognized once again for being part of New York Farm Bureaus Circle of Friends and his continued support of New York Farm Bureau’s legislative agenda. (Photo submitted)
“This was an important opportunity for the farmers in our county to meet with legislators and explain the real-life impacts of the laws that are being considered,” said Herkimer County Farm Bureau State Policy Committee Chair Debbie Windecker. “It is essential that our lawmakers understand what we are experiencing on the farm so the state continues to protect the valuable economic and environmental contributions that farms provide to our communities.”
Windecker was joined by John Clark, Kim Nelson and Herkimer County Dairy Princess Breanna Douglas in Albany on March 3.
These meetings were held in conjunction with New York Farm Bureau’s annual “lobby day” which brings hundreds of county farm leaders from across the state to meet with elected officials and government agencies.
Herkimer County Farm Bureau is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues challenging the agricultural community. The county is part of New York Farm Bureau, the largest agricultural advocacy group in New York State, known to members and the public as “The Voice of New York Agriculture.”