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Farm Bureau pushes legislative agenda

Jan 31, 2024 12:15 pm

Breanna Fuss reports for New York State of Politics that New York's Farm Bureau's top priorities for 2024 include the switch to electric power, producer responsibilities, funding, and getting food into New York schools. The Farm Bureau wants New York to expand the Nourish New York and Healthy School Meals for All programs where pantries and food banks and school breakfasts and lunches are full of locally-grown food. The bureau also wants legislation that would allow direct-to-consumer shipping for all New York-produced farm beverages, including beer, cider and spirits. The Farm Bureau is pushing back against going fully electric until, they say, there are reliable battery-powered tractors and machinery for farms. David Fisher, president of the New York Farm Bureau, said, "We just need a common sense reliable energy policy and not go too far, too fast.... We must get this right for the sake of food production." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.