Farms see tax relief, amidst concerns

Lawmakers heard from members of 90 county Farm Bureaus and like-minded organizations this week in Albany for the annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Day. The record turnout was not unexpected, given what’s at stake this year. A drop in farm income — to the tune of $1 billion in 2015 — signals a trend along with rising labor costs, low prices on a number of commodities and weather-related crop losses.

“The high turnout is a testament to our organization’s strong grassroots support, and it demonstrates the value our members place in meeting face-to-face with their elected officials,” stated New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher.

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