Suffolk County’s Agricultural Industry

Suffolk County is ranked 4th in the state in Market Value of Agricultural Products Sold. When we speak about agriculture in Suffolk County, we’re not talking only of traditional farming. Agriculture in Suffolk includes horticulture, nursery crops, greenhouse, floriculture, sod, non-specialty crops, wool, livestock, dairy, aquaculture, and sod. (In New York, Suffolk County is ranked #1 in nursery crops, greenhouse, floriculture, sod, and aquaculture.)*

I will always advocate for proposals to support the Suffolk County agriculture industry, and I’ll do all that I can to help ensure their continued success. This includes fighting to increase research and development in soil health, carbon sequestration while protecting and cleaning up our natural waterways.

Farmers feed the world and the farmers of Suffolk; we cannot and should not forget them during these difficult economic times, and as the rules surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions keep shifting. I will make sure farmers in Suffolk County who have lost direct markets, and income receive their fair share of any relief provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). To help ensure farmers get the resources and assistance they need, we must bring together the USDA and local stakeholders. By reexamining the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and lifting its payment cap, relief will be available even more to farmers. We cannot forget those who worked to serve and feed our community at this time of dire need.

The profession of farming, more than any other, is built on hope. We must do all we can to protect our farmers and to help them keep hope alive. We must recognize the vital work they do, and that starts by ensuring the 2020 Farm Bill works for all farmers, especially new farmers and small to mid-size farms here in Suffolk. I will always continue to advocate for policies that support Suffolk’s farmers and will strive to see that the folks of Suffolk County have access to their fresh, quality products.

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