Senator James Seward says this year's state budget includes $250,000 to protect New York farmers through the continuation of the New York Rollover Protection System Rebate Program.

Seward made the announcement at the opening of the Central New York Farm Progress Show at Len-Lo Farms in Mohawk.

Funding for the ROPS program was not included in the governor's budget proposal, but Seward led the fight to reinstate the funding in the final state budget.

"New York farmers face countless daily challenges yet continue to deliver - providing us all with sustenance and fueling our state's number one industry," said Seward.  "Making certain our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception."

The rebate program will pick up 70 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing a roll bar system to help prevent tractor rollovers.