Rath says birds and bees bill would hurt state's farmers
“The legislation that passed the Senate today, S.699b, is detrimental for our farming community and a clear disregard to their knowledge and expertise.
“I have heard from many farmers from my district, as well as statewide organizations, such as the Farm Bureau, the New York State Turfgrass Association, and the New York State Corn, Soybean and Vegetable Growers, who have voiced their extreme concern with this legislation. This legislation will tie their hands and prohibit them from protecting their crops.
“Unfortunately, this is just another example of a Downstate politician proposing legislation from a conference room that will negatively impact the agricultural community without taking the time to understand the effects. Farmers take great care in assuring their crops and products are safe and healthy, while also having an obvious vested interest in the environmental impacts.
“I would encourage the agricultural community to contact Assembly leadership to share their opposition to this dangerous legislation.”