"New York Farm Bureau is pleased to see the quick work performed by both the Senate and House agriculture committees in moving the 2013 farm bill. The expediency both houses demonstrated this week reinforces the need to get this passed on the floor of both houses this summer. The farm bill invests in a stronger, more efficient safety net for New York's dairy and specialty crop farmers, and continued protections for commodity growers. It simplifies conservation programs and provides additional farmland protection efforts and new market opportunities for local food. All of this will support New York farms as leading economic drivers in their rural communities," said Dean Norton, President of New York Farm Bureau, on Thursday. "NY Farm Bureau is also grateful we have a strong delegation working on our farmers' behalf in Congress. Sen. Gillibrand along with congressmen Chris Gibson, Sean Patrick Maloney and Chris Collins all serve on the agriculture committees in their respective houses and fought for a number of programs and policies that will strengthen the farm economy in New York. For that, we sincerely thank them for advocating for our farms."