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Niagara County Farm Bureau has recognized three state legislators with its “Circle of Friends” award. Formally given by New York Farm Bureau, the accolade recognizes state-elected officials who support the legislation NYFB promotes.
Niagara County Farm Bureau President Kevin Bittner said, “At our recent board meeting, we looked at a number of factors. The voting record was important. However, we also took into consideration other efforts our elected officials made. Our concern with the various newly imposed labor regulations was part of the discussion. In addition, we wanted to acknowledge the willingness of our local representatives to meet with us and discuss these issues. They were always just a phone call away.”
Bittner then presented a certificate to Assemblyman Angelo Morinello. New York State Sen. Rob Ortt and Assemblyman Mike Norris could not attend. They will receive their certificates at PX Days, lobbying days in Albany.
In accepting his award, Morinello said, “This has been a stressful year for the agricultural industry. I appreciate your taking the time to teach me about it. There are so many challenges. People from other areas of the state who have no concept of what farming is. The Farm Labor Bill that was meant to appease some people, but then offer farmers a tax credit to lessen the impact. Farm preservation is important. I am concerned about the number of solar farms taking land away from agriculture. I don’t want to rely on foreign countries for food. I have deep-rooted support for your industry. I know what it takes to get up before dawn and face the many issues, whether planting, harvesting or caring for your farm. I will stand by you and continue to fight to overcome these challenges.”
Membership in Farm Bureau is open to all who are involved in agriculture. Visit www.NYFB.org to learn more.