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New report highlights decline in NY farms: Where are they going?

New report highlights decline in NY farms: Where are they going?
A recent federal report has revealed a significant decline in the number of farms in New York State, with dairy farms experiencing a one-third reduction over the past five years. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, ... more
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Seneca County farms get $950,000 for climate resilient agriculture

Seneca County farms get $950,000 for climate resilient agriculture
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a significant financial boost for Seneca County farmers, with nearly $950,000 in grants awarded to enhance soil health and implement climate-resilient farming practices. This funding is part of a larger ... more
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New York introduces overtime tax credit for farmers

New York introduces overtime tax credit for farmers
Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the opening of the Farm Employer Overtime Credit advance portal, a new initiative to support New York's farmers and farm workers. The program allows eligible farm employers to apply for ... more
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Farmworkers face reduced hours amid new overtime rules

Farmworkers face reduced hours amid new overtime rules
New York State's new overtime threshold for farmworkers, effective January 1, 2024, has led to confusion and reduced working hours, affecting both farm owners and their employees. The rule, lowering the overtime threshold from 60 ... more
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USDA declares agricultural disaster in Cayuga, 13 other counties

USDA declares agricultural disaster in Cayuga, 13 other counties
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an agricultural disaster declaration for 14 counties in Upstate New York, opening the door for much-needed assistance to farms impacted by extreme weather events. This declaration comes ... more
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Schumer says temporary farm bill extension means NY farmers avoid ‘dairy cliff’

Schumer says millions of federal dollars coming to region to battle HABs
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced a critical extension of the federal farm bill for one year, effectively averting a potential "dairy cliff" for New York farmers. The extension, part of a stopgap spending ... more
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Steuben County awarded $500,000 for climate-friendly manure storage facility

Steuben County awarded 0,000 for climate-friendly manure storage facility
The Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District has received a significant financial boost from New York State, securing over $500,000 to construct a manure storage facility aimed at combating climate change. The $511,125 grant, ... more
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Schuyler man suffers severe injuries after becoming entangled in combine harvester

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A 40-year-old man was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with grave injuries to his right foot and ankle following a farming mishap on Friday, Oct. 13. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office reported that ... more
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Wayne County celebrates 26th annual apple tasting tour

Wayne County celebrates 26th annual apple tasting tour
Wayne County is ringing in the fall with its 26th annual apple tasting tour, inviting families to journey through 10 distinctive apple orchards. As part of the tour, attendees can savor diverse apple varieties and ... more
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Finger Lakes apple crop hurt by spring frost, but fall activities will go on as planned

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Apple growers in the prolific apple-producing region of Finger Lakes, especially in Wayne County are experiencing varied impacts on their harvest this year due to a late frost in May. Gregory Peck, an associate professor ... more
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USDA allocates $65M to aid state ag employers amid labor challenges

USDA allocates $65M to aid state ag employers amid labor challenges
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released $65 million in grants to support agricultural employers in New York, experiencing labor shortages and adjusting to new labor regulations. The availability of these funds comes ... more
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Public health warning issued for cheese from Tompkins County due to listeria risk

Public health warning issued for cheese from Tompkins County due to listeria risk
The New York State Department of Agriculture has issued a public health warning against the consumption of Connecticut Hill Melter raw milk cheese from Remembrance Farm in Tompkins County, due to a possible contamination with ... more
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Sheriff Spike: Motorists need to use caution during fall harvest season as farm equipment travels on local roads

Sheriff Spike: Motorists need to use caution during fall harvest season as farm equipment travels on local roads
With fall ushering in harvest season, there’s a substantial increase in the presence of slow-moving vehicles (SMV), such as agricultural equipment, on rural roads. These vehicles, which usually travel under 25 mph, move between farms ... more
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$500K+ grant aims to enhance water quality in Seneca Lake Watershed

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The Yates County Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $505,770 by the state, targeted to benefit 11 farms within the Seneca Lake Watershed. This grant is a component of a $13.8 million fund ... more
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Raw milk contamination detected at Schuyler County dairy

Raw milk contamination detected at Schuyler County dairy
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is urging consumers in Schuyler County and neighboring areas to avoid consuming raw milk from Sunset View Creamery LLC due to potential contamination with Campylobacter jejuni ... more
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USDA invests over $7.6M in renewable energy projects: Wayne County farm among grant winners

USDA invests over $7.6M in renewable energy projects: Wayne County farm among grant winners
Brian Murray, the New York State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, today unveiled a $7.7 million package for 27 rural New York projects focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency ... more
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After Thurston officials say they’ll vote on law to ban sewage sludge spreading, Casella issues legal warning

After Thurston officials say they’ll vote on law to ban sewage sludge spreading, Casella issues legal warning
A Steuben County town’s plan to hold a final vote Sept. 20 “at the latest” on a proposed local law banning field-spreading of municipal sewage sludge prompted warnings last night that the law would be ... more
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Casella urges state agriculture commissioner to help it derail Thurston’s plan to ban sewage sludge spreading

Casella urges state agriculture commissioner to help it derail Thurston’s plan to ban sewage sludge spreading
Casella Waste Systems Inc. is seeking to rally support from two state agencies in its bid to sidetrack the Town of Thurston’s proposed ban on the spreading of sewage sludge on local farm fields. The ... more
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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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