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Not all growers welcome Apple Growers Relief Act

By JOLEEN FERRIS

WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New York State Legislature is looking to provide relief to apple growers who fall victim to bad weather, but not all farmers are happy with the move.

The Apple Growers Relief Act would provide a 35 percent tax credit on the losses of the value of fruits and vegetable crops, but while some welcome the help, some local growers say they feel the law should be kept out of the garden. Some say there are enough measures available to farmers to help them protect themselves and their crops, but that they have to take advantage of them.

"My humble opinion is, keep the government out of it and we'll all respond a lot better," said George Joseph, owner of North Star Orchards in Westmoreland. "There've been instruments to hedge against losses like this for years."

Both the Senate and Assembly have to vote on and pass the bill for it to become law.

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