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April 7, 2013

Farm briefs: April 7, 2013

‘Sharing the Bounty’ a theme of new state fair

SYRACUSE — New Yorkers have chosen “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York” as the theme of the 2013 Great New York State Fair, according to State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine.

This theme was voted on by New Yorkers after Aubertine and State Fair Director Tom Ryan narrowed a field of suggestions down to 10. Kathy Denman from Syracuse created the theme that New Yorkers ultimately decided on.

“This was truly a statewide contest with nearly every region of the state submitting themes, voting and most importantly, making sure their voices were heard,” Aubertine said. “Our goal is to get more New Yorkers involved in this fair — not only during the 12-day extravaganza but throughout the year. With this contest, we did just that. In the end, New Yorkers made a super pick for this year’s theme.”

The fair is an annual celebration of New York’s economic, cultural and institutional strengths, with a special emphasis on agriculture as one of the state’s largest and most important industries. Theme submissions aimed to convey this message.

The new theme will now be the basis of a statewide marketing and public-relations campaign aimed at promoting the fair to all New Yorkers.

The fair will run from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow it on Twitter. New Yorkers are also encouraged to send any ideas they may have about the fair to statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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Gillibrand unveils plan to shore up dairy industry

WASHINGTOM. D.C. — As the U.S. Senate gets set to again take up the Farm Bill in the coming weeks, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is backing a comprehensive plan to help provide long-term support and certainty for New York’s dairy farmers by providing a fair safety net for small producers and improving inventory reporting and transparency.

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