Bill Hinchey to create a list of agricultural products signed into law – Daily Freeman

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SAUGERTIES, NY – A bill pushed by a Saugerties state senator to allow an agency to track products offered by farms has been enacted by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Hinchey, D-Saugerties, announced that the bill allows agriculture and state markets to develop and maintain a public online directory of agricultural businesses and their products.

Hinchey represents the 46th Senate District.

In a press release, Hinchey’s office said the legislation, passed unanimously by the legislature in 2021, aims to increase farmer profitability while expanding access to fresh local food for New Yorkers.

“We are seeing a resurgence of the local food movement – a time when food grown, harvested and produced locally has never been more valued and appreciated in New York State and our country,” Hinchey said. in the press release. “If there has ever been a better time to connect the dots between farmer and consumer, it is now. “My bill to create a centralized online directory of New York City farms and their products will make it easier for families, schools, restaurants and other major consumers to buy New York-grown food directly from local producers, added Hinchey.

Jeff Williams, director of public policy for the New York Farm Bureau, agreed.

“Customers at all levels, from individual consumers and restaurants to schools and large institutions, are eager to purchase food grown and produced in New York City,” Williams said in the release. “This was particularly evident during the early days of the pandemic, when national supply chains were disrupted. The legislation that Governor Hochul has enacted will establish a database, opening the door wider for farms and food processors to connect with new customers.

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