responsible for legislation that relates to the Agriculture and Markets Law, oversight of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Agriculture and Markets budget. The Agriculture Committee works closely with institutions of higher education, such as Cornell University, to promote agriculture research and development through programs such as the Quality Milk Program and Integrated Pest Management. The Agriculture Committee works to ensure the viability of New York's farms, promote the state's agricultural products, support agricultural economic development and protect our state's farmland resources. As part of its legislative and oversight functions, the Agriculture Committee investigates issues related to food inspections and safety, farmland protection, farm product sales and marketing, agribusiness licensing and regulation, the humane treatment of domesticated animals, kosher laws, and animal diseases.
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