North Country state senator seeking input from farmers following unusually wet summer
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:06 pm

A North Country state senator wants farmer input on a number of issues related to the industry, including the effects of the wetter-than-usual summer.

Sen. Patty Ritchie’s “Farm Family Survey” is open through Aug. 31.

In addition to the effects of the recent weather, she said she wants to hear about milk prices, farm expenses the state could help offset and other issues.

Farmers can take the survey on her website,, or call her office at 315-782-3418 and have one mailed.

“New York’s farmers are critically important when it comes to providing people with fresh, healthy foods, as well as to supporting our state’s economy. Your feedback on my survey is essential to providing me with the information I need to better advocate for our state’s farmers and help our state’s agriculture industry thrive for generations to come,” she said in a column talking about the survey.

Ritchie, a Republican from Heuvelton, chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Her 48th Senate District covers most of northern and western St. Lawrence County, including Ogdensburg, Canton and Gouverneur. It stretches to the south and west into Jefferson and Oswego counties.