Posted: December 31, 2019 in Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, In the News

Albany, NY / December 30, 2019 – New York Farm Bureau has released its annual “Circle of Friends,” naming Assemblyman Kevin Byrne among the distinguished list of New York State Legislators for a third year in a row. The award is an indication of the individual lawmaker’s support of New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau.

“Supporting our farmers and their families is important for our economic and agricultural future,” said Assemblyman Byrne. “This past year, the NYS Legislature passed a series of controversial policies, including some that will unfortunately add new burdens to New York’s farmers and their families. Despite these challenges, I was proud to remain a strong voice for farming in Albany. It is an honor to once again be recognized and named to the New York Farm Bureau’s ‘Circle of Friends.’  I look forward to returning to Albany so we can continue our work to strengthen New York’s agricultural industry and the valuable products it provides.”

“New York Farm Bureau recognizes these Senators and Assembly Members for their legislative work on agricultural issues that matter to our members. We appreciate their support of bills and budget items that benefit farm families, and we hope to continue this partnership in the 2020 legislative session. We aim to work together with all lawmakers to support local food production and address the needs of our rural communities,” said David Fisher, President of New York Farm Bureau.

The “Circle of Friends” honor is based upon each legislator’s voting record on issues of agricultural importance as well as other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that New York Farm Bureau has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session.

The “Circle of Friends” is not an endorsement, and this distinction only recognizes the 2019 legislative session.

A full list of the Circle of Friends can be viewed HERE