From left to right – 1st Row: Winnie Nelson, Dolores Benedict, Donna Burr; 2nd Row: Assemblyman Pete Lopez, Alicia Terry, David Huse; 3rd Row: Richard Ball, John Radliff, Jim Barber, Art Boreali
During his run for office, Lopez stated that supporting farmers was among his top priorities, and has kept true to his word by holding his first meeting with representatives of the New York Farm Bureau.
“Small farms are the lifeblood of our communities,” stated Lopez. “We need to do everything that we can to ensure the prosperity of our farms and farm families.”
Many of the farms in New York have been experiencing extreme hardships, and the meeting was centered on finding ways to bring relief to farmers and stimulate the agricultural industry which is so vital to his district and the upstate economy. Family farms represent a huge portion of upstate New York’s economy; and as agriculture goes, so does the economy.
“The upstate economy relies on farms,” said John Radliff, a Schoharie County dairy farmer and board member of the New York Farm Bureau. “And keeping our farms healthy is critical.”
“Supporting our farms and farm families must remain a top priority,” Lopez said.