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State officials learn about drought impact

Local lawmakers and state officials held an agriculture forum at Prattsburgh Central School Tuesday and toured several farms throughout Steuben and Yates Counties to grasp the many issues that are facing local farms and producers throughout the area.

Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, were joined by Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-Watertown) and state agricultural commissioner Richard Ball. A representative from Rep. Tom Reed’s office, as well as officials from the Cornell Cooperative Extension and other agricultural organizations were also present.

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