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Local Farmers Will Get Added Support Per Gov. Hochul, in 2028 - Requiring Groceries to Buy 30% Local

(photo: Willow Hill Farm)

ALBANY- Governor Kathy Hochul has signed an executive order directing state agencies to increase the percentage of food sourced from New York farms and producers to 30 percent of total purchases by 2028. This order was applauded by State Senator Michelle Hinchey (D, Saugerties), who serves as the Chairwoman of the State Senate’s Agricultural Committee. Additionally, Hinchey sponsors a similar measure in the Senate that prioritizes in-state food sourcing.

“Making New York’s vast homegrown food supply available to every person who utilizes a state agency – whether you’re living in a nursing home, on a SUNY campus, or in a correctional facility – while also delivering new economic growth opportunities to New York farmers is a huge win,” said Hinchey. “I applaud Governor Hochul for moving forward the goals of our legislation that passed the Senate to set first-ever purchasing thresholds for state agencies to buy New York food and for expanding the thresholds of our plan. I’m grateful for the Governor’s leadership in this space and her recognition of the profound importance of the role that state food procurement can play in supporting the health of our people, New York farm businesses, and rural food-growing economies.”

Source: Mid-Hudson News

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