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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 00:00

 Benefits offered with your Erie Co Farm Bureau Membership 

Workmans Comp Insurance                                                               Discount at Choice Hotels

Medication discounts                                                                         World's Largest Online Tack Shop

Grainger Discount                                                                             John Deere Rewards Program

Discounted Disney World Tickets                                                         Nationwide Discounts - Auto, Farm etc

Wyndham Hotels                                                                               Avis & Budget Discounts

CAT Ag Equipment Discounts                                                              Regal Cinemas

Thruway Toll Discounts through BestPass                                             Case IH Discounts

FB Accidental Death & Specific Loss Insurance  








 New, Streamlined eApplication Makes Applying for Coverage Easier and Faster

NYSIF is pleased to announce the launch of its streamlined eQuote and electronic
application that significantly reduces the time it takes to apply for NYSIF workers'
compensation insurance and to receive a quote.

NYSIF designed the new application to accommodate all types of employers. Potential
policyholders can now answer only 10 questions, with simplified required responses,
based on the applicant's business size and type. Processing time is also reduced,
thanks to electronic submission of the application, which eliminates mail delays.

Among other advantages, the new eApplication offers fewer questions and a fully
electronic process. Potential policyholders and brokers can complete the
application, sign documents, and make premium deposits in one, convenient online
transaction. New businesses with no payroll history or accident experience can take
advantage of the streamlined application, receive a quote and complete the process
in one day.

Potential policyholders can now expect a more efficient application process and
quicker quotes, allowing NYSIF to bind coverage and respond to New York businesses
at a faster pace.



BC/BS Health Insurance is offered by the Erie Co Farm Bureau.  Call for details at 716-652-5151.





 On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Dan Neenan with the National Education Center for
Agricultural Safety housed at Northeast Iowa Community College brought a grain bin
rescue simulator to Varysburg to train Emergency Medical Services personnel on these
particular types of rescues.  Coordinating the request for this training by Erie
County Vice President Jeff Simons and Wyoming County President Pat McCormick was
Wyoming County Bureau of Emergency Management Fire Coordinator William Streicher.
The Erie and Wyoming County Farm Bureaus sponsored the event along with Reisdorf
Brothers Inc, The Evans Agency and XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Approximately 65 EMS personnel from Erie, Niagara and Wyoming Counties participated
in some general agricultural safety training then training specific to grain bins
and even more specifically then to rescue of a person trapped in grain inside a
grain bin.  The hands-on demonstration allowed some personnel to experience being
trapped by grain in an open bin (this simulator prevents actual danger) and allowed
some to experience saving of a trapped person.  Future agricultural safety training
events will be planned.  Anyone wishing to sponsor future events should contact
their local Farm Bureau.








   NYFB on $15 minimum wage report

Farm Credit East releases report on higher minimum wage impact on ag


The greatest impact would be on dairy, fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and nursery sectors of the state’s agricultural industry. (, Flickr/Creative Commons)

ALBANY — Farm Credit East’s new report analyzing the impact of a $15 minimum wage on agriculture is both telling and deeply concerning. It found that, “The additional labor costs resulting from this proposal could clearly impact many farms’ financial viability and affect future decisions to expand or modernize facilities.”

The respected financial institution says it used conservative and historical projections to reach its conclusions, estimating a $15 minimum wage in New York State would cost farmers between $387 and $622 million in 2021 at the peak of the wage rollout. This figure resembles similar economic analysis from American Farm Bureau Federation that estimated a $500 million impact on New York agriculture’s labor costs or 25% of farm net income.

What is also worthy of note in the Farm Credit East report is the number of farms that will fall out of profitability. The report, using USDA Agriculture Census data, stated about 10,000 farms in New York have hired employees. Of that number, 1,365 to 1,995 (13 to 19 percent) would be in a profit loss situation if there is no significant change in the farm economy.

The greatest impact would be on dairy, fruit, vegetable, greenhouse and nursery sectors of the state’s agricultural industry. The report says, “Over time, the impact of a significantly higher minimum wage in New York and not in competing states will shift agriculture in two ways. Labor intensive agriculture operations will consider agricultural enterprises that are less labor intensive (such as fruit production shifting to grain production).” The other would be “more full-time farms will transition to part-time farms to avoid hiring labor. Overall, this will reduce the size of New York’s agricultural industry.” The conclusion is that this would also effect the state’s food processing and marketing businesses.

New York Farm Bureau’s opposition to the increase in the minimum wage has always been based on factual numbers from both experts and member farmers who know their balance sheets better than anyone. We have long held that farmers routinely pay their workers above minimum wage, on average of $12.40/hour as noted in the Farm Credit East report. But a $15 minimum wage will lift all wages as well as payroll taxes, and create an uncompetitive situation for the state’s farmers in the marketplace.

New York’s lawmakers need to pay heed to the warnings outlined in this report and reject a nearly 70% increase in labor costs for the state’s family farmers and small businesses that are the least able to afford it.

A link to the full report can be found on Farm Credit East’s website:

—New York Farm Bur  




Thank a farmer

Special tribute to the farmers who feed us and take care of the land


"Farming is the hardest work I’ve ever done and I’m grateful to have earned my 'dirt cred' while gaining an inside view on agriculture," states Naomi Starkman of Civil Eats. (Shutterstock)
Originally published on July 6, 2015:

WASHINGTON — It’s high summer and we’re lucky to be reaping the bounty of the hard work that farmers did earlier this year. Having worked on several farms across the U.S., I know that this is serious crunch time. Farmers are not only harvesting the fruits of their labors, but they’re also planting fall crops.

Farming is the hardest work I’ve ever done and I’m grateful to have earned my “dirt cred” while gaining an inside view on agriculture. In this month’s note, I want to pay special tribute to the farmers who feed us and take care of the land by sharing some of the many stories we’ve published about them over the years.

Young and New Farmers: We’ve reported on the growing movement to engage and support beginning farmers in this country since our inception. With the average age of the American farmer at 57 years old, young and beginning farmers are stepping up to answer the call to feed our future.

— Naomi Starkman

Civil Eats 


ALBANY — “Today the Environmental Protection Agency released the final rule on the definition of “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act. New York Farm Bureau members have been strongly opposed to the changes proposed by the EPA because of the potential regulatory overreach that will allow for federal control over land that is typically dry. Clean water has always been a priority and necessity for farmers, but we are concerned that the rule will strip property owners of long held land rights.

“New York Farm Bureau has serious concerns that the EPA has failed to take into consideration the thousands of comments from farmers, business owners, and property owners, who feel this rule would add unnecessary burdens on their land. EPA would have accomplished much more working with farmers than just brushing their legitimate concerns aside. We will be carefully reviewing the final rule, but based on comments from EPA, we remain concerned that the agency did not listen to our nation’s farmers or made significant changes to the rule,” said NYFB President Dean Norton.

—New York Farm  Bureau 


   For OSHA compliance, the Erie Co Farm Bureau is selling PTO Replacement Shields - Small Shields $59 - Large Shields $77.  Plus $8 shipping.  Small shields are 2 1/8" and under - Large shields are 2 1/8" and over. To order call the office at 652-5151.




NYFB Members can now receive an incentive on:

Utility  Sport Vehicles (UTV) $300

Full Size All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) $200

GEM Electric Vehicles $300 

Must be a NYFB Member for 30 days

Call Kevin or Michele for details - 1-800-342-4143



















Erie County Farm Bureau Member:

Niagara Lubricant - Matt McLeod   1-800-688-5823 or 716-874-2300

Cell: 716-220-1416

Has several Spring Specials during March- April - May receive 10 grease tubes free with any 55 gallon drum order


Amerigas offers a 5 cent per gallon discount to NYFB members on

propane fuel

 Erie County Farm Bureau, 21 So. Grove St., Suite 260, East Aurora, NY 14052

  2016 MEMBERSHIP July 1st marks the beginning of the new membership year. All new members signed as of that date will be for 2015. New member’s dues are $75.00.  The NYFB will be sending out dues renewal notices the first of September. Re-newal dues rate is $85.00 and as of 11/1/2015 it increases to $95.00 renewal. We encourage you to forward your renewal ASAP to save the extra $10.00.  Our county goal for 2015 was set at 771 members and we DID reach that number. The membership committee asks that you contact them with any leads for new members. If you are hesitant or want assistance to make the initial contact they will for you. Call the office at 652-5151 or via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the information. Thanking you in advance for your support in this vital endeavor. 


MARILLA AG DAYS  - September ; Noon - 4 


ERIE COUNTY FAIR  2016 Fair dates are . We  still need many volunteers to work in our booth for four hour shifts – 10-1, 1-5 and 5-9. Free admissions pass for worker. Call the office at 652-5151 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.


2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS  There will be an open board position to fill this year and the nominating committee under the chairmanship of Bryant Zilke will be seeking regular farm bureau members in good standing to serve. Board meets once a month on the first Thursday, except May and October, at 7:30PM in the Farm and Home Center in East Aurora. Meetings are generally over by 9:30. You serve a two year term, by-laws state a director absent more than two successive times during the fiscal year for causes other than sickness or other business of the corporation shall cease to be a director, so dedication is important. ECFB pays the membership dues for all board members. If you can serve your Farm Bureau in a Board position please contact Bryant Zilke at 655-4821 (evenings) or the office at 652-5151 and you will be contacted.  



 NEW MEMBER SERVICE PROGRAM  As of February 18, 2015 the new incentive program with CASE IH is off and running. This should be an excellent benefit for our members. Members talk to the Case IH dealer, make their best deal then apply the $300 to $500 Farm Bureau incentive. Members must have certificate to present to the dealer. Certificates are obtained at:                       will be NO incentive applied AFTER the sale. This is a Point of Sale incentive only. Case will be very strict about this. Eligible equipment for $300 – Farmall Compact tractors (A&B), Round balers, Small square balers, disc mowers conditioners, sickle mower conditioners, Case IH Scout$500 – Farmall Utilities – C, U, and J series, Maxxum Series and Farmall 100A series, Self- propelled windrowers and  large square balers 

 FARMERS MARKETS  Below is a list of the farmers markets in Erie County. Encourage your friends and neighbors to support our agricultural industry by buying local:   

 *Alden Farmers Market, 13119 Broadway , Alden     8:30 – 1:00PM Saturdays

*Blasdell Farmers Market, 3785 South Park, Hamburg     9:00 – 2:30PM – Wednesday

*Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, 10717 Main St., Clarence     8:00 – 1:00PM Saturdays

*Clinton-Bailey Market, 1443 Clinton St.     7:00 – 6:00PM Sunday – Friday     6:00 – 6:00PM Saturday

*Downtown Country Market, 403 Main St., Buffalo      8:00 – 2:30PM Tuesday & Thursday

*Colden Farmers Market, 8745 Supervisor Ave., Colden     8:30 – 1:00PM Saturday

*East Aurora Farmers Market     7:00 – 1:00OM Wednesday & Saturday*Elmwood-Bidwell Market, Elmwood @Bidwell Parkway     8:00 – 1:00PM Saturday

*ECMC Market, 351 Grider St.     10:00 – 3:00PM Friday

*Hamburg Farmers Market, Main & Buffalo St., Hamburg     7:30 – 1:00PM Saturday

*Holland Farmers Market, 49 N. Main St., Holland     M8:30 – 2:00PM Sunday

*Kenmore Farmers Market, 2919 Delaware Ave.     8:00 – 12:30PM Saturday*Larkin Square Market, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo     5:00 – 8:00PM Wednesday

*Lancaster Farmers Market, 4913 Transit Road     8:00 – 1:00PM Saturday & Sunday

*Orchard Park Farmers Mkt @ Fox Run, 5689 Big Tree Rd     9:00 – 1:30PM Thursday

*Riverside Farmers Market, 2607 Niagara St     9:00 – Noon Sunday*Roswell Park Market, Elm @ Carlton, Kaminski Park     11:00 – 2:00PM Wednesday

*Springville Farmers Market, 341 W. Main St. (Gentners)     7:00 – 6:00PM Wednesday thru 10/10     10:00 – 5:00PM October – May

*University Community Market, UB So Campus, Main &                                                                                           Kenmore     8:00 – 1:00PM Saturday

*Williamsville Farmers Market, 56 E. Spring St.     8:00 – 12:30PM  Saturday 

RIGHT TO FARM  Hand Mobius (741-6900) chairman of the ECFB Right to Farm is actively working on a RTF law in Buffalo. 23 of the 25 Erie Co. towns have passed a RTF law and he is still looking for Cheektowaga and Tonawanda to come onboard. 

I-9 FORMS  A member who faced this issue in an audit advises you take time to check your files and make sure you have an I-9 form for every employee in your operation. YES, this includes your wife, husband, and children.

 E-MAIL ADDRESSES   NYFB will be sending out 2016 dues renewal notices the first of September. We encourage you to include your email address on your renewal. This information is not shared with anyone except the NYFB office and your county office. This form of communication is being used very efficiently for quick contact for meetings and important information notices etc. but we have to have the email addresses for it to be successful. Note: The AFBF monthly newspaper has gone 100% digital !   .


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Written by Timothy Bigham   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 00:00
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:42