New York Farmers Push for Lower Taxes

A plan introduced to the New York state legislature by Republican senators and backed by the New York Farm Bureau would significantly reduce taxes for farmers, eliminate energy surcharges, and would increase local agricultural promotion and farmers markets.
New York’s farm industry has seen several years of serious slumps. With milk prices in near-constant flux, the important dairy industry has suffered through several major recessions, leaving many New York farmers in need of state and federal aid.
The Republican proposed plan would offer some measure of relief to embattled farmers. Legislators proposed the “Grown in New York” plan to help reduce the burdens placed on farmers within the state as well has helping to grow local connections and encourage local consumption.
“Our Grown in New York plan will dramatically strengthen New York’s critically important farming and agriculture sectors for years to come by reducing taxes on farmers and helping farmers expand their markets, boost productivity and increase their profitability,” said Republican leader Dean Skelos.
The latest plan is just the most recent effort by New York legislators to help the farm sector. “Over the past two years, we have worked to restore budget cuts to vital marketing, research, and educational programs farmers depend on to strengthen their bottom line,” said Senate Agriculture Committee chair Patty Ritchie.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer