New York task force suggests ways to reduce regulatory burden on farmers

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that the state’s task force for reducing obstacles to agriculture has identified new opportunities to improve the regulations for pesticide registration that don’t compromise the environment.

The first-ever Strategic Interagency Task Force on Lessening Obstacles to Agriculture was tasked with finding ways to streamline the regulatory burdens on New York farmers.

Cuomo said his administration remains committed to supporting farmers and cutting red tape to make it easier for agricultural businesses to grow and thrive in New York.

"Through this task force, we are implementing common-sense solutions that will improve business for our farmers and maintain this state's strong commitment to protecting the environment,” Cuomo said.

The task force, which includes state government leaders and agriculture industry representatives, met five times during 2014 and heard farmers’ concerns on a variety of regulations.

The solutions they developed include an easier pesticide registration process, faster re-certification for pesticide applicators and simpler categories for pesticide applicators.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said that based on the recommendations, the department has identified actions that will reduce the regulatory burdens on farmers and help them use approved products without weakening environmental protections.

“Farmers are excellent stewards of the environment, and we will continue to work with the agriculture community to promote New York’s agricultural economy and natural resources," Martens said.

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