Agriculture and Markets, Department of

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All amounts are in dollars
Category Available
Change From
State Operations 139,075,000 137,227,000 -1,848,000 169,992,000
Aid To Localities 49,727,208 34,760,000 -14,967,208 54,662,800
Capital Projects 13,750,000 3,750,000 -10,000,000 54,731,000
Total 202,552,208 175,737,000 -26,815,208 279,385,800

Full-Time Equivalent Positions (FTE)
Program 2008-09
Estimated FTEs
Estimated FTEs
FTE Change
    General Fund 69 68 -1
Agricultural Business Services
    General Fund 179 179 0
    Special Revenue Funds - Federal 11 11 0
    Special Revenue Funds - Other 43 41 -2
    Private Purpose Trust Funds 5 5 0
Consumer Food Services
    General Fund 141 108 -33
    Special Revenue Funds - Federal 14 14 0
    Special Revenue Funds - Other 105 136 31
State Fair
    Enterprise Funds 49 49 0
Total 616 611 -5

Note: Most recent estimates as of 12/16/08.


The Department of Agriculture and Markets is charged with fostering a competitive and safe New York food and agricultural industry for the benefit of producers and consumers. Over the next year, the Department will continue to carry out its major responsibilities for encouraging the growth and economic health of the State’s agricultural and food industry and conducting various inspections and testing programs to enforce laws on food safety, animal and plant health, and accuracy of labeling. The Department will also continue to act to preserve agricultural resources, improve soil and water quality and operate the annual State Fair in concert with the Industrial Exhibit Authority.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $175.7 million All Funds ($47.7 million General Fund; $48.4 million Special Revenue Fund; $79.6 Other Funds) for the Department of Agriculture and Markets. This is a decrease of $26.8 million All Funds ($19.7 million General Fund) from the 2008-09 budget. This change primarily reflects the recurring impact of across the board reductions implemented in 2008-09, and a reduction in funding for local initiatives and one time capital projects, partially offset by year to year growth in personal service and non-personal service spending.

The Executive Budget recommends $1.75 million for capital projects to maintain, repair, and rehabilitate the State Fair’s 20 major buildings and other structures and $2 million for a capital special revenue fund to continue support for development of private partnerships at the State Fair. Funding from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is also provided for Soil and Water Conservation Districts, non-point source pollution control, and farmland protection programs.

The Executive Budget recommends $14.8 million from the General Fund for local assistance to continue programs which provide valuable services to the State’s agricultural community, including continued funding for the Agribusiness Child Development program (Migrant Childcare) and the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Continued Federal appropriation authority will allow the Department to apply for Federal grants to fund Federal nutrition programs for senior citizens, animal health initiatives and food safety programs, including essential funding for the State Food Laboratory.

2009-10 Executive Budget — Agency Presentation
Agriculture and Markets, Department of (PDF)