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ALBANY — New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine is reminding farmers to only sell to licensed farm product dealers this growing season. Article 20 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law, more commonly known as the Agricultural Producers Security Law, requires dealers to be licensed and contribute to a security fund in order to offer protection to farmers in the event of a defaulted payment.
“The Agricultural Producers Security Law has been effective for many years in ensuring that our farmers receive the payment they are owed for the products they produce,” the Commissioner said. “In order for farmers to be protected under this important and effective law, they must make sure they are selling to a licensed dealer, and they must notify the Department immediately in the event of nonpayment. It is critical that farmers become familiar with the details of the Agricultural Producers Security Law so they can be protected financially in a swift and effective manner.”
Farm-product dealers are required to be licensed with the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Dealers’ licenses expire on April 30 of each year and must be renewed for the license year beginning May 1. The Department maintains a current list of licensed dealers on the Department’s website and will provide a hard copy upon request.
For up-to-date information about the law, a copy of the brochure or a list of licensed dealers, visit the department’s website or call 1-800-554-4501.