Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle visited with local farmers during a campaign stop Wednesday at Sorbello Farms in Granby.
Buerkle, who is running for the newly formed 24th congressional district against Democrat Dan Maffei, addressed agricultural issues with about 25 farmers and local officials.
Oswego County Legislator Morris Sorbello, an onion farmer, hosted the event.
“I’ve been involved in politics for a while, going into the federal government and other places,” noted Sorbello. “As I have gotten to know the congresswoman over these past couple of months, I have found her to be a hard-working lady, a very pleasant lady, and someone I feel very strongly in. When someone stops and listens, acts interested, and does the job for all of us in agriculture, it is very nice.”
Buerkle, a former nurse and attorney, said she was interested in hearing the concerns and questions from local farmers.
“We need you,” she told the farmers. “The community needs you. Upstate New York needs you. New York State needs you and the country needs you. You are such an integral part of the New York State’s economy.”
The congresswoman said there is a lot of focus on agriculture in New York State because it is the state’s leading industry.
“We need to work with you and partner with you,” she said. “That’s what we’ve done over the last 18 months.”
When she was first elected 18 months, Buerkle said she formed an agricultural advisory council to pay “very close attention to the agricultural industry in Upstate New York.”
Among the issues that surfaced over the past 18 months was a proposed law that would ban children of farmers under the age of 16 from working on the family farm.
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