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Farmworkers overtime threshold will drop to 40 hours in New York

Farmworker advocates applaud new tax credit for farmers in state budget
New York has made a decision on lowering the 60-hour threshold for overtime among farmworkers to 40-hours. Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon announced the move, accepting the recommendation of the Farm Laborers Wage Board ... more
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Pick’n Patch: A place for family and all things fall, farm, and fun

Pick'n Patch: A place for family and all things fall, farm, and fun
There's no other place like it. With a corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower field, and future apple picking, Pick'n Patch has it all. Pick'n Patch is a family-owned and operated farm in Stanley, New York ... more
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Farms in Central New York, Finger Lakes awarded over $3M to combat climate change

Business leaders urge Hochul to scrap farm overtime change
More than 70 farms across New York will benefit from $7.9 million being awarded through the Climate Resilient Farm Grant Program, according to Governor Kathy Hochul. The program will help the farms and state reduce ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca County Cooperative Extension looks ahead to the fall, classes and updating programs (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca County Cooperative Extension looks ahead to the fall, classes and updating programs
On today's edition of Inside the FLX, host Ted Baker is joined by three staff members at the Seneca County Cooperative Extension in the new FingerLakes1.com studio! Ted is joined by Mo Tidball, Candace Riegel, ... more
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Solar farm brings new opportunity for residents to save money in Cayuga County

Solar farm brings new opportunity for residents to save money in Cayuga County
Solar farming and renewable energy are expanding to Cayuga County. Solar Farms New York just opened a state-of-the-art Solar Farm in Auburn with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, September 13th. This new solar farm ... more
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3rd annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend happening September 24-25

3rd annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend happening September 24-25
Nine Schuyler County farms are opening their doors to the public this month for tours, tastings, hayrides, demonstrations, apple picking and more. The 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend will occur on September 24 ... more
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Tour Schuyler County’s finest farms during the 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend

Tour Schuyler County's finest farms during the 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend
Discover a variety of Watkins Glen area farms during the 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th. Nine Schuyler County farms are opening their doors to the public, offering tours, tastings, hayrides, demonstrations, apple picking, shopping, and opportunities to meet the farm animals.  These authentic farm experiences are entertaining and informative, fun for families, couples, ... more
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Overtime threshold reduction moves ahead for farmworkers in New York

Farmworker advocates applaud new tax credit for farmers in state budget
The Farm Laborers Wage Board submitted its final report Tuesday to Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon, recommending reducing the state overtime threshold for farm workers to 40 hours. It was a 2-1 vote, which ... more
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New York State Fair 800-pound butter sculpture recycled into energy at Western New York dairy farm

New York State Fair 800-pound butter sculpture recycled into energy at Western New York dairy farm
The 54th Annual Butter Sculpture at the New York State Fair has come down, but it isn’t going to waste. American Dairy Association North East, in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and Noblehurst ... more
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Business leaders urge Hochul to scrap farm overtime change

Business leaders urge Hochul to scrap farm overtime change
Three business groups have sent a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul calling on her to support a State Senate bill that would overturn a plan to reduce the threshold for paying overtime to farm workers ... more
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The New York State Department of Labor announces Farm Laborers Wage Board virtual meeting on September 6

The New York State Department of Labor announces Farm Laborers Wage Board virtual meeting on September 6
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) announced the next meeting of the Farm Laborers Wage Board will be held virtually at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. The board is expected to deliver ... more
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$110,000 coming to grow farm-to-school program in New York

Ontario County Supervisors to consider farm housing grant application
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has been awarded a $110,000 USDA Food and Nutrition Service grant to grow its Farm-to-School program. The grant will support producer readiness training that will help ... more
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Victor man dies after truck hauling manure overturns along Bird Rd. in Clifton Springs

Victor man dies after truck hauling manure overturns along Bird Rd. in Clifton Springs
First responders were called to a field along Bird Road in Clifton Springs on Thursday for a reported tractor-trailer rollover. Calls to 911 indicated that the driver was trapped inside the vehicle. Investigation revealed that ... more
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Quality from the soil up: New Geneva creamery owned by farmers (video)

Quality from the soil up: New Geneva creamery owned by farmers (video)
Sweet Acres Creamery opened its new flagship store about three weeks ago, but co-owner Jerry Stewart says he and his partners have been working toward this for five years. "We started out in home delivery ... more
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“Farming in upstate NY is already very complicated:” Concerns abound over lowering farm worker overtime threshold

"Farming in upstate NY is already very complicated:" Concerns abound over lowering farm worker overtime threshold
It's been three years since the Farm Workers Law was signed into law by former Governor Andrew Cuomo. Fast forward to the present day, and the state is looking to change overtime rules concerning farm ... more
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Jasper Sunflower Maze open every weekend in August

Jasper Sunflower Maze open every weekend in August
A new sunflower maze in Jasper has had a busy few days since its grand opening on July 30. Brianna Siegrist always wanted a sunflower patch of her own. Last year, her husband Ezra planted ... more
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Ontario County Supervisors to consider farm housing grant application

Ontario County Supervisors to consider farm housing grant application
At its meeting this week, the Ontario County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider applying for Community Development Block grant funds to build new farmworker housing in the towns of Hopewell, Seneca, and West ... more
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Board decision on 40-hour farm overtime proposal coming in September

Board decision on 40-hour farm overtime proposal coming in September
The state Farm Laborers Wage Board is expected to issue a decision in September on whether to lower the threshold for paying farm workers overtime to 40 hours per week. Final decision could come by ... more
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Two Cayuga County dairy plants to benefit from $1.1 million grant awarded to IDA

Two Cayuga County dairy plants  to benefit from $1.1 million grant awarded to IDA
The Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency was awarded a $1.1 million grant through the federal government to help construct a new wastewater pumping station and make improvements to its existing sewer infrastructure. The money is ... more
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