United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hosting the 12th annual “New York Farm Day” in the Russell Senate Office Building’s Kennedy Caucus Room in Washington, D.C. today.
This year, local wineries and farms will be showcased, including Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, Jamesport Vineyards, Lieb Cellars in Cutchogue, One Woman Wines & Vineyards in Southold, Palmer Vineyards in Riverhead, and Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic.
Farm Day was created to bring together producers of New York’s award-winning wines, farm-fresh products and seafood, as well as leading restaurateurs from across New York State, to showcase some of New York’s "very best" in the nation's capital, according to a release.
“I’m proud to continue the Farm Day tradition in Washington, D.C.,” Senator Gillibrand said. “As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I am focused on improving the health of our economy and the health of our families. From rising childhood obesity and outdated nutritional standards to the economic crisis facing our dairy farmers and specialty crop farmers, agriculture issues in Washington affect families in every corner of New York. Strengthening our agricultural sector and promoting good nutrition for New Yorkers are essential to our long-term health and economic growth.”
“New York Farm Day is a tasteful and effective way to educate policy makers that New York is a major farm state, and that agricultural is a major part of the state economy,” said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
Gillibrand is the first New York Senator in nearly 40 years to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee, giving a voice to New York farm communities. In her four years on the committee, Gillibrand has traveled across New York State, visiting farms and holding listening sessions to hear concerns and ideas from farm communities with the most at stake in the Farm Bill.
The bill included provisions Gillibrand advocated for, including strengthening specialty crops, expanding rural broadband, reforming dairy pricing, expanding markets, increasing access to capital, and extending disaster relief to commercial fishermen, and other important measures.