New York is expanding antibody testing survey to test FDNY and NYPD officers, health care workers and transit workers; opening five new drive-through testing facilities in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida counties; providing $25 million for food banks and providers most impacted by COVID-19; launches Nourish New York initiative to purchase food and products from Upstate farms and direct it to food banks.
The exact origins of the first pickle are unknown, but archaeologists believe ancient Mesopotamians were pickling food as far back as 2400 B.C., over 4,000 years ago. From Queen Cleopatra, Napoleon Bonaparte, to the Little Rascals, a love for pickles has lasted the test of time.
Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, of the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee, has introduced a bill to preserve and protect honey bee swarms and colonies from human threats, and support crop pollination across New York state.
The state enacted legislation this week establishing a regulatory framework for the production and sale of hemp and hemp extract in New York State. The measure also requires the hemp industry to test and label their products, protecting consumers from potential harm. The governor also announced that New York state will host a hemp summit in January to further develop policies and priorities related to this burgeoning industry.
On the last day of the 2019 legislative session, state lawmakers passed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, granting farm workers long-denied protections. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will sign the legislation, which opponents argue will cause "irreparable harm" to an industry that is already struggling.
New York state has awarded more than $900,000 to new and early-stage farmers around the state, to help them expand production or advance innovative agricultural techniques that increase sustainability.
New York state farms generated $5.7 billion in revenue in 2017, representing an increase of more than 20 percent in net farm income over the precious decade despite a decline in their number and acreage, according to a report released last month by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.