Republicans in the New York state legislature recently unveiled a proposed “Grown in New York” label, hoping that it will boost local agricultural consumption and strengthen the state economy.
New York agriculture is a $5.2 billion industry, representing a significant chunk of the state’s economy. With the dairy slump experienced in the last few years, many New York farmers have been struggling in a rough economy. The Grown in New York label was designed to help struggling local farmers and expand local markets.
“Agriculture is New York’s leading industry, and Senate Republicans have been at the forefront of efforts to bolster agriculture and help farmers grow,” one Republican Senator said. “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. ‘Grown in New York’ is the Senate Republican plan to build on that success and help farmers grow and build for the future.”
“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,” Senate Republican Leader Dean G. Skelos said.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer