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Editor:

Assembly member Carrie Woerner continues to be a champion for the people of her district, including the hard-working farm families who put food on all our tables.

For starters, she fought to secure funding for agriculture in the recent New York state budget that helps to support many important programs. This includes money for research to benefit animal care on our county’s dairies, promote the growing craft beverage and maple syrup businesses, and to increase accessibility of New York grown products that help to grow our farms.

The New York state budget also made a significant investment into the Environmental Protection Fund that works with farmers to become even better stewards of our natural resources, including the Integrated Pest Management Program to reduce pesticide use. EPF also encourages greater use of cover crops, no-till to improve soil health and reduce run-off, and farmland preservation, all of which can help keep agriculture in the hands of the next generation of farmers.

Washington County Farm Bureau appreciates Assembly member Woerner’s leadership. She values the hard work of farmers and understands their contributions to the rural economy.

Patricia Lockwood, Washington County Farm Bureau President, Hudson Falls

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