Press Releases

Lupardo & Hinchey Custom Operators Bill Signed by Governor

Albany – Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo signed into law (A1889/S2135) for agricultural custom operators sponsored by Agriculture Chairs, Assemblymember Donna Lupardo and Senator Michelle Hinchey. The bill will extend some agricultural district...

Senator May and Assemblymember Lupardo Announce New Law to Expand the State’s Grown and Certified Program to Textile Products like Wool and Hemp

Senator Rachel May (D-Onondaga, Madison, Oneida) and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (D-Broome) are pleased to announce that their legislation to expand the state’s Grown and Certified Program to include fiber-based textiles has been signed by Governor...

Bill by Senator Hinchey and Assemblymember Lupardo to Protect Animals During Emergencies and Natural Disasters Signed into Law

Albany, NY – Today, State Senator Michelle Hinchey (SD-46) and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (AD-123) announced that their bill to keep animals safe in disaster situations was signed into law by the Governor. The legislation, S.6713/A.7122, authorizes...

Assemblywoman Lupardo Visits Local Honeybee Apiary

Johnson City, NY – On Thursday, June 24th, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo visited the apiary of local beekeeper and Southern Tier Beekeepers Association member Bob Talkiewicz to commemorate Pollinator Week (June 21-27). She was also there todiscuss...

Assemblymember Lupardo and Senator Hinchey Sponsor NYS Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act, Nation-Leading Legislation Making NY Farmers Key Part of Fight Against Climate Change

Albany, NY – Today, Assemblymember Donna Lupardo (AD-123) and State Senator Michelle Hinchey (SD-46) gathered a broad coalition of environmental and agricultural organizations to discuss the NYS Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act (S.4722A-Hinchey/A.5386A-Lupardo),...

Senate and Assembly Agriculture Chairs Secure Record Funding for New York Agriculture in FY 2022 State Budget

Albany, NY – Record levels of funding for agriculture are included in the New York State Budget, finalized by the Legislature on Wednesday. The two Agriculture Chairs in the State Legislature, Senator Michelle Hinchey and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo...

Historic Support for Agriculture in Assembly & Senate Budgets

Albany, NY – The importance of New York’s agriculture and food economy is being reflected with historic support in the State Assembly and Senate one-house budget resolutions. On Tuesday, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Michelle Hinchey,...

FFA Member Addresses Assembly Ag Committee as State Assembly Recognizes FFA Week in New York State

Albany, NY – The National FFA Organization is being recognized across the country this week. As part of the NYS Assembly’s effort to celebrate FFA Week in New York, Cristian Gilces, Secretary of FFA Chapter at John Bowne High School in Queens,...

Lupardo, Hinchey Call for Ag Workers to be Eligible for Vaccine

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (AD-123) and Senator Michelle Hinchey (SD-46) sent a letter Tuesday advocating for one of the state’s largest groups of essential workers to be added back into the state’s COVID vaccine eligibility list. The Chairs...

Assembly and Senate Agriculture Chairs React to Proposal to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

As part of his 2021 State of the State announcements, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday a proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis in New York. The Governor’s proposal would create an Office of Cannabis Management to oversee the new adult-use...

Governor Signs Food Supply Chain Bill

Albany, NY – New York State will look at strategies designed to strengthen the state’s food supply chain under a bill (A10607/S8561) sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Jen Metzger signed into law this week. A diverse group...

Letter from Ag Chairs to USDA Regarding Interim Final Rule on the US Domestic Hemp Production Program

The Honorable Sonny PerdueSecretary, United States Department of Agriculture1400 Independence Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20250Dear Secretary Perdue:We are writing to express our concerns over the Interim Rule being proposed by the USDA regarding the growing...

Testimony Submitted by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Agriculture, to the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act Wage Board Hearing

Thank you for allowing me to submit testimony regarding the overtime threshold for farm workers in New York State. As you may know, I did not support the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practice Act when it passed in 2019, where farm laborers were given overtime...

Bill that Aims to Make New York's Food Supply Chain More Resilient Passes Legislature

Albany, NY – Legislation designed to improve the resiliency of New York’s food supply chain passed both houses of the State Legislature this week. The bill (A10607/S8561) from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Jen Metzger, the Agriculture...

Lupardo Introduces Bill to Strengthen Food Supply Chain

Albany, NY – Legislation designed to improve the resiliency of New York’s food supply chain has been introduced by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.The bill (A10607) would create a working group to...

Agriculture Committee Hears Testimony During Budget Hearing Groups Highlight Priorities for the 2020-21 Budget Year

(ALBANY, NY) – With the Legislature scheduled to return to the Capitol in just three weeks, the Assembly Agriculture Committee gathered Thursday for a budget hearing ahead of the new session. Representatives from various farm, food, and animal welfare...

Broome County Students Get Taste of The Maple Experience Lupardo, Schools Welcome NYS Maple Producers for Exhibit

Broome County, NY – Students at three Broome County elementary schools got a taste of how syrup gets from tap to table courtesy of the NYS Maple Producers’ Association’s Maple Experience. The traveling exhibit visited Johnson City Elementary...

Cayuga farm tour provides glimpse of important ag research

(CAYUGA COUNTY, NY) – In an effort to learn more about the important research taking place in New York’s agricultural industry, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture, joined the New York Farm Viability Institute...

Assemblymembers Get a Taste of Long Island during Agricultural Tour

Riverhead, NY – With nearly 600 farms and approximately 31,000 acres of farmland, Long Island boasts one of the largest agricultural regions in New York State. Hosted by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, and...

Letter to NYC Schools Commissioner Regarding Proposed Ban on Chocolate Milk

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