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For Release: IMMEDIATELY, October 21, 2011
Contact: Doug Finch (315) 781-2030
Still The One: Agriculture And Family Farming Remain The Strong Backbone Of New York's Economy
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)

Do you know where today's breakfast came from? The quick answer to that question is to simply point toward the local grocery store as the source for the morning bowl of cereal and milk or bacon and eggs that nourished you and your family. Unfortunately, such an answer misses all the hard work it took local family farmers to bring those delicious breakfast foods to your kitchen table.

It is the tireless efforts of New York's farmers that produce the nutritious, affordable food that families rely upon and maintain our status as a national leader in the field of agriculture - not to mention all the award-winning wines produced right here in our Finger Lakes community!

NEW YORK: A NATIONAL LEADER IN FAMILY FARMING AND AGRICULTURE

According to the New York Farm Bureau - the state's leading grassroots advocacy group comprised of 30,000 members - our Empire State remains a national leader in the areas of family farming and agriculture. The following are a few examples of family farming and agriculture's continued importance to our state and economy, all of which are listed on the New York Farm Bureau's website:

STANDING UP, SPEAKING OUT AND VOTING IN SUPPORT OF NEW YORK'S FAMILY FARMERS

One of my top priorities as Assemblyman and one of only four Legislative Leaders in state government - and the only one living in, working in, and representing upstate - has been recognizing the important role of family farming and New York agriculture. I was honored that the New York Farm Bureau again named me to its prestigious "Circle of Friends" for the 2011 Legislative Session, one of the highest honors the New York Farm Bureau gives state legislators. This year's designation marks the eleventh time I have received the award, having been first named to the Circle of Friends back in 2000 and recognized every year since then.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA RECOGNIZING FAMILY FARMING'S IMPORTANCE

Besides sponsoring the annual "Dairy Day" event in Albany - a non-partisan gathering that raises awareness of the critical role played by New York family dairy farmers and showcases their award-winning products - I have introduced, sponsored and supported a whole host of non-partisan legislative initiatives designed to strengthen and support agriculture including:

All of these are common sense public policies that will ensure agriculture remains New York State's strong economic backbone and that we continue the proud tradition of family farming here in the Empire State. As the saying goes: "No farms, no food!"

As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic, or any other state-related matter should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at kolbb@assembly.state.ny.us.


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