Governor signs bills into law that promote NY products

ALBANY New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced that Governor Paterson signed into law several bills that will help bolster New York's agricultural industry, in particular the State's wine and dairy industries. "Agriculture fared very well this legislative year with the support and forethought of Governor Paterson," the Commissioner said. "These two bills are small, but important victories for the agricultural industry and will help New York expand its marketing potential with a new product and greater visibility at the State Fair." Wine Ice Cream A relatively new food product manufactured in New York State, this law clarifies the conditions under which ice cream made with wine may be manufactured and sold in New York State. The product will be regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Markets as a food product in a manner similar to confectionaries that contain alcohol. The law also prohibits sales to anyone under 21 years of age and requires that it be labeled with warning statements similar to those currently required for confectionary products containing alcohol. This law allows New York's dairy industry to further diversify its product line, a key element in agricultural economic development and integral to its survival in a tightly regulated environment. Wine at the State Fair Previously limited to only at a designated area at the New York State Fair, this law allows licensed wineries holding a concessionaire's license to sell wine by the glass and wine to be consumed anywhere on the fairgrounds. The law creates parity with beer sales and consumption at the State Fair. This law will also encourage a larger number of people to visit New York's wineries at the Fair, gain a greater understanding of New York wine production and enjoy a sampling of the quality New York wineries offer. The 162nd New York State Fair will run August 21 through September 1, and attracts nearly one million people every year. Annual highlights include the butter sculpture, a daily parade, animal shows, midway rides, incredible food and much more. New this year are major exhibits highlighting New York agriculture, innovation, tourism and "green" technology. There will also be new entertainment ranging from medieval jousting and high-wire acrobatics to pig racing and science magic.

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