May introduces bills to aid state’s fiber-based textile manufacturers

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State Senator Rachel May, D- Syracuse, has introduced legislation to expand the state’s Grown and Certified Program to include fiber-based textile manufacturers. 

The bill (S.3396) would enable animal and plant-based fiber products, including wool, alpaca, cashmere, hemp, and linen, to receive the state’s approval. 

The bill was reported from the agriculture committee this week. 

The New York Grown and Certified program was launched in 2016 to raise the profile of New York farm products and encourage development of local supply chains. Brand recognition of NY-based products has elevated markets for items ranging from maple syrup to cheese, yogurt, beer, and even Christmas trees and firewood. May said products made from wool, hemp and other local plant and animal fibers should also be made eligible.

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