Yesterday, the State Assembly passed the “Farm Worker Fair Labor Practices Act” (A.1792a). Without getting into the weeds to much on this legislation, it basically would impose factory style labor mandates on family farms. Those very farms that have faced increased scrutiny and over-regulation from both the state and federal level in recent years. Those very farms that have dealt with devastating weather events that have crippled and curtailed production. Those very farms that already are dealing with a narrow profit margin and can ill afford new and costly mandates.
Consider the impact farming has on New York’s economy.
- New York is among the top producers of apples in the U.S.
- New York is a leading dairy producer.
- New York ranks in the top five in terms of production in a variety of other products such as maple syrup, cherries and cabbage.
- This production yields an average of more than $3 billion into the state’s economy.
And none of the above is taking into consideration the emerging success of greek yogurt, farm distilleries and wineries here in New York.
So why would any lawmaker (and in this case, NYC and downstate lawmakers are pushing this bill) deem it necessary to stifle such a valuable piece of New York’s economy?
The New York Farm Bureau has been steadfast in defeating this legislation and NFIB/NY is proud to stand with them. To stand up for our farmers and protect our communities and economic future.
Throughout this legislative session, a New York City dominated legislative agenda has run rampant here in Albany, threatening small businesses, taxpayers and our fragile economic recovery. We cannot allow them to do the same to our farms. NFIB/NY strongly urges the State Senate and the Governor to resist this unnecessary batch of new mandates and help our farmers sustain and grow.
Think this is just spin…check out this video produced by the New York Farm Bureau and hear from actual farmers..