Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I –Canandaigua) is the latest recipient of the New York Farm Bureau’s 2007 “Circle of Friends” award in recognition for his support of pro-agriculture initiatives and legislation supporting the hard-working farm families of New York. The award is given to “farm-friendly” legislators by the Bureau, which is a non-partisan, volunteer organization representing hundreds of farmers and their businesses across the state.
“The farming families in the Finger Lakes region have been providing bountiful harvests despite the hardship of operating with low profit margins in a difficult business climate,” said Kolb. “It is important we acknowledge the contribution farmers make to our state’s rich agricultural history and support them today through legislative measures that ensure they can adequately provide affordable, healthy foods for New Yorkers now and in the future.”
Farming is the largest and oldest industry in New York State, employing thousands in a trade that firmly has roots founded in principles and traditions of providing food for New York’s families. Kolb has long supported policy initiatives and legislative measures that would lessen tax burdens as well as encourage high school and college graduates to enter the agricultural field.
Kolb has been recognized with the "Circle of Friends" designation every legislative year by the Farm Bureau since he was first elected to the state Assembly in 2000. Kolb is also a member of the Assembly Task Force on Agriculture, and was one of the leaders in the creation of the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva.