FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 15th, 2020
CONTACT: Brianna Coyle
TOM QUITER, ASSEMBLYWOMAN LUPARDO MEET,
QUITER CAMPAIGN RELEASES AG PLAN
(Binghamton, NY) Last Thursday, Tom Quiter, candidate for New York State Senate in District 52, met with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (District 123), Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Quiter and Lupardo had a pleasant conversation, discussing several core parts of Tom’s agriculture plan. As a result of their exchange, Tom’s campaign released its agriculture policy for the district, which should, according to the campaign, provide much-needed support and relief to our district’s struggling small farms.
Quiter and his team have met with many small farmers throughout the district and learned about the enormous burdens they face. The released policy acknowledges many of these problems: “One issue that is deeply concerning to us is the prevalence of suicides among farmers in Upstate New York. Our local small farmers have been victimized by excessive government regulation. This comes in the form of an expensive and lengthy food processor market, unfair tax treatment, and regulations that benefit corporate farms at the expense of small farmers.”
In response to these problems, the policy proposes novel solutions, such as establishing a Farmer Freedom Policy which makes it easier for local small farmers to process and sell their products through state food safety certifications which would supersede burdensome federal regulations.
Quiter stated, “Small farmers are essential to the food supply and economy of our communities. As the son of small farmers and resident of a rural community, I have seen first-hand how hard they must work in order to stay afloat, and that struggle has only worsened over the last thirty years. I appreciate having the opportunity to speak with Assemblywoman Lupardo about these realities and being able to release a thorough policy that would address many of the issues our local small farmers face. We look forward to continuing the conversation with more small farmers in the area and address their concerns.”
The campaign will be organizing a small farmer press panel in the next week, with more details to come. The detailed agricultural policy can be found at www.tomfor52.com/agriculture-policy.
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