Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica Ziehm

April 22, 2011

Commissioner Schedules Work Groups For 2012 Farm Bill

Five Meetings Scheduled to Identify, Discuss Priorities for the Federal Farm Bill

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today announced a series of discussions with stakeholders to address various components of the upcoming Farm Bill.  For five weeks, starting April 29th, the Commissioner will meet with invited guests and the public to discuss and prioritize New York’s areas of concern and interest with the Farm Bill that will be reauthorized in 2012.

“One of my first priorities as Commissioner is getting to work early on the federal Farm Bill, which is scheduled for reauthorization in 2012,” the Commissioner said.  “Due to the comprehensive nature of this legislation, a systematic “early and often” approach to determining policy objectives is necessary.  Therefore, starting next week, I will be assembling a series of meetings with industry stakeholders to discuss each title of the bill individually.  I hope that this approach can more swiftly and effectively address the needs and concerns of New York’s farm and food sectors as a whole.”

            Each work group will meet from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Bistro of the Arts and Home Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.  At the start of each session, invited stakeholders will have an opportunity to present their ideas for that particular title in the Farm Bill.  Those ideas will be used to garner discussion with a panel of subject-matter experts.  Members of the public are also invited to participate and will have the opportunity to submit written questions during the session.  Following are the dates and titles for each scheduled work group.

  • Friday, April 29, 2011 - Conservation Title    
  • Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Rural Development, Forestry & Energy Titles        
  • Friday, May 13, 2011 - Horticulture & Organic Agriculture Title
  • Friday, May 20, 2011 - Nutrition Title
  • Friday, May 27, 2011 - Commodities Title (including Milk Pricing)   


            The scheduled work groups are open to the public.  Because space is limited, the Department is requesting those interested in attending to RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the meeting by calling 518-457-8876. 

            Once the sessions are completed, the information gathered will be compiled into a working document that the Commissioner will use to communicate New York’s positions on federal agriculture policy. He will also be working with neighboring states to develop northeastern positions on agriculture.
The Federal Farm Bill is negotiated every six years and sets the parameters for America’s agriculture, nutrition, forestry and conservation policies. It provides nutrition assistance to millions, strengthens America’s energy independence, and builds our rural communities. A successful Farm Bill helps keep America’s agriculture sector the world’s leader in efficiency and productivity. New York’s 36,000 farm families depend upon the Farm Bill to help keep New York a leading state in the dairy, apple, vegetable and wine industries.

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