Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces new ‘Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act’

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced brand new legislation Friday that would expand markets for farmers and make nutritious locally grown food available to more consumers.

Sen. Gillibrand toured the brand new Healthy Living Market at Wilton Mall – a market that focuses on local products.

The “Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act” would support job creation by improving federal farm bill programs that support local and regional farms.

According to the USDA, local food sales total $5 billion annually and the amount of farmers markets have increased by 150 percent.

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