State budget awards millions to agriculture, thousands for farm business and education programs

April, 2017

APRIL 12, 2017

Several programs that provide industry insight and educational opportunities to current and future farmers were given hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 2017-18 state budget passed Sunday.

State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, said the 2017-18 state budget allocated $51 million for agriculture, $10 million more than what was provided in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s budget proposal in January and about $7 million more than last year’s funding.

“Agriculture is our number-one industry,” Sen. Richie said. “It’s important that we continue funding programs that are providing cutting-edge research and programs that are completely necessary for our farmers to compete in the global market.”

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