Tenney: State To Rescue New York Farmers

Providing tax relief to the fruit industry devastated by early bloom and hard frosts
June 6, 2012
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R,C,I-New Hartford) today announced that she has sponsored legislation – the Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act – to help farmers who have lost significant amounts of crops due to the extreme weather conditions the state has recently experienced.

“New York State is the second-largest apple producer in the nation. New York State apple farms employ nearly 10,000 people. The family farms and employees who rely on the growing season have been adversely affected by this spring’s extreme weather conditions. The culmination of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year, and this year’s uncharacteristically warm weather, combined with untimely frosts, has devastated New York crop yields,” said Tenney.

Cornell’s Lake Erie Regional Research Laboratory has estimated crop losses for grapes at 40-50 percent, cherries at 100 percent, peaches at 90 percent and apples at 50 percent.

The Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act would establish a tax credit that will allow a farmer to claim 35 percent of crop losses.

“Farmers are some of the most industrious and hardest-working New Yorkers I know. To think that natural conditions could plague New York’s largest industry – agriculture – to such a drastic level is harrowing. The state needs to step in and help these farmers get their footing back after these few years of natural catastrophes. I look forward to providing the help they need to get back on their feet and regain their prosperity,” said Tenney.