Brewster, N.Y. – (10/12/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s prestigious Circle of Friends. The awards are based on a lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau, as a whole.
Senator Ball is a huge proponent of the state’s agriculture industry. He is currently sponsoring a piece of legislation (S4955) that would create the Food Security, Empowerment and Economic Development program (SEED). The program would help to meet the nutritional needs of low-income New Yorkers by promoting accessibility to locally-produced farm goods. It’s also a big win for the industry because it gives farmers greater access to highly competitive farmers markets in the New York City region, which are traditionally difficult to break into.
“Look, the bumper sticker says it best, ‘No Farms. No Food.’ We must make sure that we maintain existing farms while getting young people to start new farm-based businesses, and by linking farmers in the Hudson Valley to markets in the city and beyond that have a real demand for humanely and locally grown, high quality products, these farmers will be able to make a real and lasting livelihood,” said Ball. “Many low-income communities are underserved with little or no access to locally grown, quality produce. My legislation would link these communities to affordable, nutritious food,” added Ball. (ARTICLE)