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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