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I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named Sen. Patty Ritchie to our annual “Circle of Friends” list.

This legislative award is granted based upon her record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.

Sen. Ritchie joins a number of other legislators in the Senate and Assembly who have a superior voting record on issues and have shown strong support for New York farming during the 2012 state legislative session.

Each member of the Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” has demonstrated an understanding of the important issues impacting farmers and the considerable impact the industry has on our economy and quality of life.

The Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm advocacy organization, works closely with the state Legislature to strengthen and enhance the agricultural industry in New York state.

This year’s legislative session proved to be a challenging one for farmers, but with significant support from key legislators, such as Sen. Ritchie, agriculture will continue to be one of New York’s most important industries.

We are pleased to provide the “Circle of Friends” designation to Sen. Patty Ritchie to thank her for her hard work on behalf of farmers in her district and across New York state.

Dean Norton

Albany

The writer is president of the New York Farm Bureau.

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