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NEDPA 2021 Legislative Priorities

On Tuesday, February 23rd, NEDPA will be participating in a virtual lobby day facilitated by Rick Zimmerman of Zimmerman and Associates, NEDPA’s lobbyist on retainer. The following handouts will be distributed to lawmakers to enhance our advocacy efforts.

2021 About Us

2021 NEDPA Legislative Priorities

2021 NEDPA NYCAMH One Pager

Cornell NMS Program One Pager

Joint Statement from the Northeast Dairy Producers Association and the New York State Vegetable Growers Association Following the Recommendation from the Farm Labor Wage Board


The Farm Labor Wage Board voted at their meeting tonight (December 31) to hold the overtime threshold at 60 hours and reconvene in late 2021 to reassess. 

On behalf of farmers across New York State, we thank New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher for representing the voice of agriculture, and we appreciate the Farm Labor Wage Board for recognizing that additional time and data is needed.

We expect that when the Board reconvenes in 2021, they will realize that information from multiple growing seasons is required to make a reasonable recommendation on the future of farming in New York State. Further we call upon expert resources from the Department of Agriculture & Markets and Cornell University to assist in the research and analysis necessary to render an informed recommendation.

We also recognize and thank all the farm workers, farm owners, and industry partners for taking the time to participate in this process. We encourage you to continue to share your message and stay engaged.

Richard Popp Memorial Leadership Award – Maureen Torrey-Marshall of Torrey Farms

Richard “Dick” Popp was a founding member of NEDPA and a passionate man of integrity, grit and conviction. Following his death in 1997 at only 58 years of age, NEDPA established a memorial award to recognize members who portray Dick’s leadership qualities, pioneering spirit, and selfless contributions to agriculture and their community.

NEDPA is honoring Maureen Torrey Marshall as the 2020 recipient of the Richard Popp Memorial Leadership Award. Maureen’s passion for agriculture, her persistence in advocating on its behalf, and her leadership in collaborating, fostering teamwork and empowering her peers has had an impact all farm businesses.

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