New York Farm Bureau

Animal Legal Defense Fund

New York is one of only 13 states where animal cruelty laws are not part of the penal code. That would change under a bill being considered in the state legislature.

With a depressed farm economy already hurting their prospects, many local growers and producers would have welcomed passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Instead, the House of Representatives voted it down last week. Steve Ammerman of the New York Farm Bureau says his agency is "disappointed" by the rejection which was fueled by a conflicting assortment of political priorities.

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American and Canadian dairy farmers are in a trade skirmish, as a series of Canadian governments want to cut off the flow of American milk products.


Despite his claims of support for agriculture, many New York farmers believe Governor Cuomo is supporting policies that will hurt their industry.

Karen DeWitt

Advocates for farm workers  are trying a new route to gain the right to form a union and be allowed benefits afforded to other laborers in New York. They are suing the state government.

Within the past several months the Buffalo area has gone from having too much snow to not enough rain.


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A pair of New York State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

New York's dairy industry continues to surge and now ranks as the third-largest producer of milk in the entire country.