The New York State Farm Bureau – the voice of the state’s vitally important farm community – released its 2016 legislative priorities last week.

Their number one concern this legislative session is the Governor’s proposed minimum wage increase, which they say would essentially result in a $500 million annual tax increase on the state’s agriculture industry. If the state’s minimum wage is increased, they see consumer food costs increasing, and New York’s farmers suffering because they have to compete with neighboring states where the minimum wage is lower.  They would prefer to see any actions taken relating to the minimum wage be done at the federal level.