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October 7, 2012

Farm briefs: Oct. 7, 2012

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“The TPP presents a tremendous opportunity for farmers in New York to make their products available in new or expanded markets,” said Owens. “As we look for ways to increase U.S. exports, we must ensure local farmers and businesses are given full and fair consideration throughout the process.”

Virtually all U.S. dairy and poultry products were excluded from the U.S.-Canada portion of NAFTA. Despite Canada’s restrictions on imported dairy products, it remains the United States’ second largest export market, totaling $443 million in 2011. 

The letter also urges the Administration to reach an agreement that strengthens and reinforces the World Trade Organization’s sanitary and phytosanitary measures by including safety measures based on sound, objective science. Agricultural producers, processors and exporters have for years complained about non-tariff restrictions from other countries that are not science-based.

Earlier this year, Owens applauded Canada’s invitation to join the TPP negotiations. Last year alone, Canada imported more than $280.9 billion in U.S. goods and $56 billion in U.S. services, making it the United States’ largest export market.

Northeast New York Maple Producers elect officers

PLATTSBURGH — The Northeast New York Maple Producers Association have elected the following officers for 2012-14:

President, Angela Swan of Homestead Maple, Chazy; vice president, John St. Mary, coordinator of the Brushton-Moira Central School FFA program; secretary, Joy Hastings of D&H Hastings Family Maple, Dickinson Center; and treasurer, Dean Lashway of Lashway’s Flat Rock Maples in Altona.

Delegates to the State Committee include Mike Parker of Parker Family Maple, West Chazy; alternate delegate, Scott St. Mary of Cedarbrook Farms Maple Products, Malone.

The Northeastern New York Maple Producers Association is a regional chapter of the New York State Maple Producers Association covering Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. The state association supports maple production, marketing and education for all levels of sugar makers from backyarders to commercial, representing their interests in Albany through lobbying efforts with the Farm Bureau and also through free webinars through Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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