ALBANY — On Tuesday, the State Senate passed S2069, a bill introduced by State Senator Jen Metzger, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and representative for the 42nd district, to require the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets to provide a listing of New York growers and producers of holiday products to New York vendors and to municipalities where these products are sold. The Ag & Markets created directory would provide a direct connection between growers and vendors who may currently be selling out-of-state products in stores, at festivals, in lots, and on sidewalks in New York. Products in the listing may include Christmas trees, wreaths, pumpkins, flowers, turkeys, apples, and honey.
“New York produces almost 15 billion pounds a year of diverse agricultural products,” explains Senator Metzger. “It’s important that we empower our state’s farming communities to take advantage of local and regional markets. This legislation is a smart way to further promote New York products that are used during popular holidays, and will be a welcome boost to many different producers.”
Ag & Markets is charged with similarly promoting New York shellfish, wines, grapes and grape products. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
Jen Metzger represents the 42nd Senate District, which includes all of Sullivan County and parts of Delaware, Orange, and Ulster Counties. Senator Metzger serves as Chair of the Agriculture Committee and sits on the Environmental Conservation, Education, Health, Energy and Telecommunications, Local Government, Women’s Issues, Domestic Animal Welfare, and Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Committees.
–The Office of New York State Senator Jen Metzger
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