Last Tuesday, during the same meeting at which they officially adopted a long-term agricultural stewardship plan, Suffolk County legislators also gave another nod to the vital role farming plays in the county’s economy. They mandated that the Suffolk County Planning Commission include one member from the agricultural community at all times. READ
In a ceremony Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo — flanked by Democratic legislators and his lieutenant governor — signed a state law that will gradually raise the minimum wage on Long Island to $15 an hour. READ
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed minimum wage increase would have a devastating effect on the agricultural community and possibly send consumers to neighboring states to purchase products, farmers and business owners said at a Monday press conference opposing the proposal ahead of the April 1 state budget deadline. READ
It may be hard to picture now, but in a few weeks flowers will be springing up across the North Fork’s yards, fields and parks.
Suffolk County officials announced Thursday that newly approved legislation will help farms and businesses upgrade aging fuel tanks with larger, state-of-the-art systems.
A commercial slaughterhouse in Yaphank may soon be open for use by local livestock farmers.
A proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to eventually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour — a 66 percent increase from the current rate — has members of the agriculture industry on edge.
“That would put us at a huge disadvantage,” said Jeff Rottkamp, owner of Fox Hollow Farm on Sound Avenue. “A monstrous disadvantage.” READ
The annual Long Island Agricultural Forum will take place Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14-15, at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Riverhead. READ