Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) has been named to the New York State Farm Bureaus Circle of Friends. The distinction is given by the agricultural advocacy group to legislators who champion policies which support family farms and agriculture in the state.
Family farms and the entire agricultural sector play such an important role in New Yorks economy and communities and we must do everything possible to support them, said Ashby. It is an honor to be included in the Farm Bureaus Circle of Friends and to have spent time working alongside the many family farmers and advocates in my Assembly District. I will always support the work of family farms and fight for their best interest.
Ashby voted to provide $33.2 million for numerous agricultural programs. This money will fund programs such as Cornell Agriculture in the Classroom, Cornell Future Farmers of America, Cornell Veterans to Farms, several dairy programs and other supportive programs. This funding also created a new $1 million Agriculture Economic Development program. The assemblyman also worked closely with family farmers in the district to fight legislation which limits their ability to grow and thrive, including the Farmworker Bill and other job-killing legislation.
According to the 2017 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture, New York is home to more than 33,400 family farms with nearly 7 million acres of farmland. The USDA Economic Research Service reported in 2017 that the value of New Yorks agricultural production was nearly $6 billion. According to the Farm Bureau, all agricultural sectors provide nearly 200,000 jobs in New York, with its largest farming sector being dairy. The state is third in milk production in the country.