Bales of hay in the foreground with New York State farmland behind.

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Farming in New York State
Supporting the Agricultural Community

We are always focused on our core goal: supporting New York State's farmers. Our Divisions administer a variety of diverse programs that connect the agricultural community with the right resources and help them reach new customers, steward their land, keep their livestock healthy, safeguard their food and plants, and more. 

Notice: New Law Effective January 1, 2020
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The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act establishes new rules for farm laborers and takes effect on January 1, 2020. The new law establishes a 60 hour work week, mandates 24 consecutive hours of rest each week, ensures disability and Paid Family Leave coverage, unemployment benefits, and the right to collective bargaining, and other labor protections.

Farmers and farm workers: visit the resources below to learn about these important changes and how to comply with the new law.
The Department works to promote the development of the dairy industry and to protect public health.