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Farm income will drop 25% in 2024, USDA forecasts

Farm income will drop 25% in 2024, USDA forecasts
American farms are facing a tough year, with net income projected to drop by 25% in 2024, according to the USDA's latest forecast. The USDA's report highlights a significant decrease in government payments, down $1.9 ... more
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Fighting sour rot: How damaged grapes, fruit flies can impact wine quality

Fighting sour rot: How damaged grapes, fruit flies can impact wine quality
Damaged grape berries combined with vinegar flies are a recipe for promoting sour rot, a disease that lowers vineyard yields and wine quality, according to a Cornell University study reporting on field experiments in New ... more
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Renewable natural gas project proposed for Cayuga County

Renewable natural gas project proposed for Cayuga County
Developer Novilla RNG is planning a renewable natural gas project, titled Morning Light RNG, at O'Hara Farms in Aurelius. The project, located at 1136 Chamberlain Road, will involve a 2.5-million gallon digester, producing the equivalent ... more
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Cornell researchers bet on rhubarb for NY craft beverage industry

Cornell researchers bet on rhubarb for NY craft beverage industry
Cornell University researchers believe rhubarb could become New York state’s next big thing in the craft beverage industry. With its unique combination of sour, sweet, and vegetal flavors, rhubarb has the potential to significantly enhance ... more
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Sen. Gillibrand urges White House to act as Avian Flu cases rise

Lollypop Farm takes new measures to protect its birds from avian flu
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has called on the White House to address the increasing number of avian flu cases. Last month, the CDC confirmed the first transmission of bird flu to humans via dairy cows in ... more
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Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office issues road safety reminder for spring planting season

Cayuga County Sheriff's Office issues road safety reminder for spring planting season
With the arrival of spring, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office is urging residents to exercise caution on roadways as local farmers begin their planting season. Increased farm traffic and slow-moving vehicles are expected during this ... more
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Gillibrand advocates for farm bill proposals that would help NYers

Gillibrand advocates for farm bill proposals that would help NYers
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a key member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, emphasized the importance of the upcoming farm bill for New York during a virtual press call. The senator discussed the ... more
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Cherry Lawn Fruit Farm harnesses solar power for sustainability

Cherry Lawn Fruit Farm harnesses solar power for sustainability
Cherry Lawn Fruit Farm in Sodus has significantly enhanced its sustainability by harnessing solar energy to power its extensive cold storage facility. The solar panels installed on the facility's roof now supply a major portion ... more
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USDA declares Cayuga County disaster area after dairy farm fire

USDA declares Cayuga County disaster area after dairy farm fire
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Cayuga County as a primary natural disaster area following a severe fire at Rodan Farm in Genoa. The fire, which occurred on February 28, resulted in the loss ... more
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REPORT: Cayuga County leads New York as top agriculture producer

REPORT: Cayuga County leads New York as top agriculture producer
Cayuga County has emerged as the leading agriculture producer in New York, surpassing all 62 counties in the state, according to the latest Census of Agriculture results. Previously ranked second in 2017, Cayuga County has ... more
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Empire State Development launches sixth round of Grow-NY competition

Grow NY Farms, a coalition of farm businesses, is pushing to keep the 60 hour overtime in place
Empire State Development (ESD) has officially opened the application window for the sixth installment of the Grow-NY competition, a pivotal initiative aimed at fostering innovation in the food, beverage, and agriculture sector. With a prize ... more
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Cayuga County recognized as disaster area, clearing way for federal aid to farmers

$10.5 million state settlement for RGE, NYSEG’s 2018 ‘storm failures’
Following a severe windstorm in January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Cayuga County, along with five other New York counties, as primary natural disaster areas. This designation is a response to the extensive ... more
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Seneca County will host workshop on solar developments for farmers on April 10

Seneca County will host workshop on solar developments for farmers on April 10
In Seneca County, an increasing trend of solar development on agricultural lands is sparking discussions among the local farming community. To address the rising interest and concerns, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County together with ... more
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New bill aims to expand tax credits for farmer worker housing in state

DEC, Finger Lakes Land Trust permanently protect 234 acres at Casa Farms in Niles
New York lawmakers, Senator Jim Tedisco and Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon, have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at expanding the state's 20% investment tax credit for farmers to cover housing construction costs for farm workers. This ... more
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New York launches free soil testing program for community gardens

Rural Health Network offer garden grants to Sothern Tier, Tompkins County schools
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in collaboration with the Cornell Soil Health Lab, announced a new initiative offering free soil testing for food-producing community gardens across New York State. Part of ... more
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Sen. Helming advocates for family farms on National Agriculture Day

Sen. Helming advocates for family farms on National Agriculture Day
On National Agriculture Day, State Senator Helming emphasized the crucial role of farming in both the economy and daily sustenance of families. Highlighting the USDA Census of Agriculture's recent findings, Senator Helming pointed out the ... more
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Yates Crop Congress set for March 27 in Penn Yan

Yates Crop Congress set for March 27 in Penn Yan
Cornell Cooperative Extension-Yates County, in collaboration with the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team, is scheduled to host the Yates Crops Congress on March 27 at the Benton Firehouse in Penn Yan ... more
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Waterloo Container, Seneca Co. Farm Bureau in Albany for advocacy efforts

Waterloo Container, Seneca Co. Farm Bureau in Albany for advocacy efforts
Waterloo Container's President Bill Lutz represented the company at the Taste of New York Reception in Albany, where he engaged with Governor Kathy Hochul and Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball on issues with ... more
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Invasive species like spotted lanternfly pose major risk to New York’s environment and agriculture

Spotted Lanternfly: Is climate change spreading the pest to more states? Vineyards aren’t hit as hard as expected in New York
Invasive species are causing significant harm to New York's environment and agriculture, according to state officials. With National Invasive Species Awareness Week underway, the spotlight is on pests like the spotted lanternfly, European starlings, purple ... more
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