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Hochul orders state agencies to increase local food purchases

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On the opening day of the New York State Fair, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an executive order mandating state agencies to ramp up their purchases of food sourced from within New York. The order seeks ... more
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Local lawmakers advocate for whole, 2% milk in schools citing health benefits

Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard to provide customers milk, thanks to cooler from American Dairy Association North East
Members of the New York State Senate’s Agricultural Committee, including Sen. Pam Helming, R-54 of Canandaigua, are pushing to reintroduce whole and 2% milk in schools. They've reached out to the state's congressional delegation, promoting ... more
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Federal aid approved for counties across Finger Lakes after deep frost ruined crops

Federal aid approved for counties across Finger Lakes after deep frost ruined crops
In response to the severe spring freezes that ravaged crops across 31 counties in New York State, the federal Department of Agriculture has approved the New York State Farm Service Agency's appeal for an Agricultural ... more
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Thurston poised to ban field spreading of sewage sludge: How did this complicate Casella’s plan to bring it from Long Island?

Thurston poised to ban field spreading of sewage sludge: How did this complicate Casella’s plan to bring it from Long Island?
The Thurston Town Board is preparing to enact an outright ban on the spreading of sewage sludge on fields within its jurisdiction, threatening Casella Organics’ plan to spread sludge from Long Island on 2,789 acres ... more
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Finger Lakes, Southern Tier seek agriculture disaster designation after frost damage

Colloca Estate Winery will have a dinner in celebration of its expansion
Half of New York, including the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, is petitioning the USDA for an Agriculture Disaster Designation following a detrimental early season frost in May. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand advocate ... more
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55th annual butter sculpture takes shape at the New York State Fair

55th annual butter sculpture takes shape at the New York State Fair
The New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse buzzes with anticipation as sculptors Jim Victor and Marie Pelton craft the iconic 55th Annual American Dairy Association North East Butter Sculpture, sponsored by Wegmans. This year's sculpture, ... more
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DEC official touts use of sewage sludge of fertilizer: Warns that local spreading bans may violate right to farm law

DEC official touts use of sewage sludge of fertilizer: Warns that local spreading bans may violate right to farm law
A senior state regulator said Thursday that any town law that purports to ban the practice of spreading municipal sewage sludge on farmland risks running afoul of the state’s “very strong” Right to Farm law ... more
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Waterloo Container collaborates with NYS Agriculture Commissioner on beverage industry growth

Waterloo Container collaborates with NYS Agriculture Commissioner on beverage industry growth
Waterloo Container Company, under the leadership of its President Bill Lutz, recently hosted New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball, and Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Wolters. The visit to the packaging headquarters in ... more
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Fleetwood Mac tribute band hurt in Ontario County Thruway crash

Fleetwood Mac tribute band hurt in Ontario County Thruway crash
A traffic accident involving local rock band, The Seven Wonders, occurred Thursday on the New York State Thruway in Ontario County. The members of this Fleetwood Mac tribute band were en route to a performance ... more
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New hybrid broccoli variety paves way for East Coast cultivation

New hybrid broccoli variety paves way for East Coast cultivation
After 15 years of research and development, Thomas Björkman, a Cornell University professor, has successfully developed a hybrid broccoli that can thrive on the East Coast, where it's typically too hot in summer for conventional ... more
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Schumer continues warning of ‘dairy cliff’ as 2018 bill expires this fall: Will milk prices rise?

Byrne Dairy to sell its Syracuse fresh milk bottling plant and direct story delivery operation
Senator Chuck Schumer has issued a warning about potential significant supply chain disruptions and a subsequent spike in milk prices, referring to the impending 'dairy cliff.' The issue stems from the uncertainty surrounding the renewal ... more
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Despite impact of avian flu at Tompkins farm, the 2023 pheasant hunting season will go on, DEC says

Despite impact of avian flu at Tompkins farm, the 2023 pheasant hunting season will go on, DEC says
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that the Fall 2023 pheasant season will go ahead as scheduled, despite the loss of the Reynolds Game Farm pheasant flock earlier this year due to ... more
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Congress considers options to protect, help Upstate dairy farmers

DEC investigating after massive manure spill at Genoa dairy farm
Congressman Marc Molinaro introduced the Dairy Farm Resiliency Act to strengthen the safety net for Upstate New York dairy farmers grappling with soaring feed costs. This legislation aims to improve the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) ... more
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Lawmakers move to ban pesticide-treated seeds amid declining bee population in New York

Lawmakers move to ban pesticide-treated seeds amid declining bee population in New York
The New York State Legislature is set to vote on a bill banning the sale of seeds pre-treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been linked to a decline in the bee population, despite strong opposition ... more
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$50 million available for farmland protection across New York: How will it be spent?

New York Rural Development Director optimistic about the future
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that nearly $50 million in funding is available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program. The program, which celebrated a significant milestone of reaching 100,000 acres of farmland protected across the state in ... more
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From frost to dry weather: Finger Lakes vineyards hopeful that weather will normalize soon

Colloca Estate Winery will have a dinner in celebration of its expansion
The Finger Lakes region was struck by a devastating frost just a couple weeks ago causing extensive damage to vineyards and orchards in the area. Mark Karasz, owner of Rock Stream Vineyards, told WETM-TV that ... more
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State and local leaders tour frost damage at Finger Lakes vineyards

State and local leaders tour frost damage at Finger Lakes vineyards
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball, along with representatives from various state and federal agencies, toured vineyards in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions on Friday to assess the impact of a recent freeze. The ... more
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Farm leaders across New York oppose pesticide ban

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Several agricultural organizations and business leaders across New York are objecting to a legislative move aimed at prohibiting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides (commonly known as "neonics"). These chemicals are frequently applied on treated corn, ... more
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Federal lawmakers call for emergency funding to support frost ravaged Finger Lakes farms

Federal lawmakers call for emergency funding to support frost ravaged Finger Lakes farms
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have made an urgent appeal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid Finger Lakes farms, vineyards, and orchards, which suffered significant crop losses due to a recent ... more
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