Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford) today joined fellow lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate in supporting the Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act. The purpose of the legislation is to provide assistance to farmers and apple growers who have lost significant amounts of their crops due to the extreme weather that has hit New York State in 2012.
“I am very pleased to join my fellow legislators in supporting this act to benefit our state’s apple farmers,” said Crouch. “Farming is a major part of our economy and the poor weather conditions this year have impacted our farmers in a serious way.”
New York farmers suffered widespread damage and loss at the beginning of this growing season because of extreme frost. Damage estimates indicate that New York experienced one of its worst statewide crop losses ever; apples alone suffered a 50 percent loss.
New York is the second-largest producer of apples in the nation and the state’s 694 family-owned apple farms employ 10,000 people and support another 7,500 jobs that depend on a robust apple crop, according to the New York Apple Association. The Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act will create a tax credit for 2012 that will allow farmers to claim up to 35 percent of their lost crops for the year.
“Apple farming is a $233 million piece of our state’s economy and, in difficult economic times, we need to ensure we keep these jobs strong,” said Crouch. “This act is very important for them to make it through this difficult year.”