State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced the first two listening sessions of the 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour. The Farm Bill Listening Tour provides an opportunity to engage with and hear from constituents about the importance of the 2018 Farm Bill to New York State. Hosted jointly by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the tour began in Watertown on Monday, October. A second listening session will take place on October 16 at 12 p.m. at Morrisville State College.
Commissioner Ball said, “We are looking forward to launching this tour and hearing directly from the community on the 2018 Farm Bill. We will bring all thoughts and concerns directly back to Albany, which will help the State advance its policy goals as we move forward. It is important that we have participation from all sectors impacted by the Farm Bill and encourage stakeholders in these industries to join us either in Watertown or at one of the other stops we’ll be scheduling across the State in October.”
Feedback gathered during the tour will be provided to Governor Cuomo to help develop New York’s Farm Bill priorities for critical funding and policy changes in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, and the environment.
Additional sessions held across the State will be announced in the coming weeks. Written comments can be submitted to FarmBill@agriculture.ny.gov.