Republican members of the New York state Senate are calling for increased investments in agricultural research and greater support for farms to encourage agriculture, the state's No. 1 industry

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ALBANY, New York — Republican lawmakers in the New York state Senate say they want to increase spending on agricultural research and do more to support farms.

The proposals include measures to increase and expand a tax break given to small and middle-sized family farms, boost spending on agricultural education, and set aside incentives for farmers looking to upgrade their technology.

The Republicans also say they want to restore spending on agricultural programs that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed to decrease in his state budget recommendation.

Senate Leader John Flanagan, a Long Island Republican, noted Tuesday that agriculture is the state's largest industry.

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