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September 26, 2018

Ritchie Announces Measure To Cut Costs For Farmers Signed Into Law


State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther announced their legislation to save farmers across the state millions of dollars by cutting fees to register trailers used for transporting produce, livestock and other items in half has been signed into law.

Currently, trucks used for farming activities can be registered for a lesser fee than those used for other purposes.

In contrast, there is no reduced fee for agricultural trailers.

Under the measure (S. 4241-B) sponsored by Senator Ritchie, who serves as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Assemblywoman Gunther, who serves on the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, trailers used for farming purposes will be charged a smaller fee, bringing the cost in line with trucks used for agriculture.

“Farming isn’t just a land intensive businesses, it’s a transportation intensive business, with agribusiness professionals logging countless miles annually to move produce, livestock, supplies and other goods,” said Senator Ritchie. “By lowering the registration fee for agricultural trailers, we are cutting costs for farmers, which in turn, will allow them to further expand their businesses and support the continued growth of New York’s leading industry.”

“Supporting our farmers is one of the best investments we can make,” said Assemblywoman Gunther.   “Agriculture contributes over $37 billion to New York’s economy.  While this measure may seem small, it will result in more money being invested into farming and will stimulate other areas of the economy as well.  I am thankful to the Governor for signing this important bill into law.”

Currently, the fee to register a trailer is $5.39 per 500 pounds.  Under the new law, the registration fee for agricultural trailers will be reduced to $2.50 per 500 pounds.

Senator Ritchie’s sponsorship of this measure continues her efforts to support our state’s hardworking farmers and agribusiness owners.

This year, Senator Ritchie advocated for passage of a state budget that included record

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