Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (R, I, C – Sag Harbor) has been honored by the New York Farm Bureau for his consistent legislative voting history in support of initiatives that will help protect and promote New York State agriculture.
“I am very honored to be chosen by the Farm Bureau and welcomed into their ‘Circle of Friends,’” said Thiele. “Our farmers are the backbone of our economy and truly the pride of New York. I am proud to support them.”
In Suffolk County, families or individuals operate more than 60 percent of farms, selling an average of over $300,000 in products per farm. With thousands of acres of farms in the county, this is clearly a hefty contribution to the county’s economy. Throughout his Assembly tenure, Thiele’s legislative initiatives and support have helped to increase the important economic contribution of family farmers.
This year, Thiele’s support helped pass pro-agricultural legislation, including creation of measures this year to establish a $30 million Dairy Assistance Program, capping the amount a base agricultural assessment can change year-to-year, as well as providing financial assistance to counties for farmland protection and for the construction of greenmarkets, among others.
The New York Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm advocacy organization, named Thiele among their “Circle of Friends” earlier this spring, although the awards will be formally presented next spring in Albany.