SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Legislative and farm leaders alike are concerned about the uncertainty surrounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lump-sum agriculture spending, instead of identifying how specific programs should be funded.
In his executive budget, the governor is calling for $28.4 million in Aid to Localities for numerous ag programs such as Cornell’s Pro-Dairy project, a growing farm-to-school initiative and greater promotion of New York products from maple syrup to Christmas trees.
But unlike previous years, there is no line-item designation for each program. Cuomo has left it up to state agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball to decide how money should be allocated.