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Officials urge Governor Kathy Hochul to delay any further action from the Farm Laborers Wage Board

State Senator Tom O’Mara is continuing to voice his strong opposition to any move by the state’s “Farm Laborers Wage Board” to roll back the current 60-hour-per-week overtime threshold for farm workers. O’Mara has joined other members of the Senate Republican Conference ... MORE
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addresses flaws in the dairy industry

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a hearing Wednesday to discuss the topic of improving milk prices and other dairy reforms. A panel will discuss the need to modernize the Federal Milk Marketing Order System for dairy prices to meet the pricing market of ... MORE
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Apple crop is up nationally but down for New York State

Data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the national apple crop is up about 3% overall from last year, but for the state it’s down 2%. Grisamore Farms co-owner Joanna Cornell said the rain was hard because it could ... MORE
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What happens to the butter sculpture after the New York State Fair?

Many people love visiting the New York State Fair to see the butter sculpture, but what happens to it after the Fair ends? Noblehurst Farms helps to recycle the butter every year. The butter is turned into renewable energy for the community ... MORE
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Apple picking season is here and Apples and Moore is ready

Alec Moore, owner of Apples and Moore in Watkins Glen, says that the drought last year caused smaller apples, but this year they’re large and ready to be picked. He says the amount of rain, heat, and sunshine all led to a ... MORE
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Apple season in the Finger Lakes: What makes the region ripe for growth?

Apple season is here. Thera are plenty of them in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York, which begs the question: Why is this region so famous for apples? New York has been a major apple producer for decades. In fact, it’s ... MORE
Business, Farm, News, Wayne County
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Agriculture businesses in New York express concern if overtime hours change it will negatively impact the industry

Agriculture businesses in New York express concern if overtime hours change it will negatively impact the industry

Local farmworkers are expressing fear that a change is overtime by the farmworkers’ wage board will reduce or eliminate their hours. Cuomo had signed a bill in 2019 that required farmworkers to be paid overtime if they worked over 60 hours or ... MORE
Grow NY Farms, a coalition of farm businesses, is pushing to keep the 60 hour overtime in place

Grow NY Farms, a coalition of farm businesses, is pushing to keep the 60 hour overtime in place

A coalition called Grow NY Farms is working to get the New York State wage board to keep the 60-hour overtime in place for farmworkers. The groups involved include New York Farm Bureau, New York State Vegetable Growers Association, Northeast Dairy Producers ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Fire Departments respond to baler and field on fire Friday night

Fire Departments respond to baler and field on fire Friday night

A fire broke out in a field in the village of Penn Yan on Friday. Oliver Oswald was baling straw when the baler and field caught fire on Ferguson Corners Road. Oswald drove to a safe location and unhooked the tractor to ... MORE
Farmers in need of relief funding after both weather and the pandemic hit them hard

Farmers in need of relief funding after both weather and the pandemic hit them hard

As farmers share how the weather before the pandemic had a negative impact on their crops, the Senate is looking at ways to provide additional relief aid. Some farmers are forced to decide if they want to keep their cattle since they ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Intergrow expands their tomato growing operation with the completion of phase 2

Intergrow expands their tomato growing operation with the completion of phase 2

The New York Power Authority is helping Intergrow expand their indoor tomato growing operation. The expansion is worth $8.5 million dollars and 10 acres big with an expectation for tomato plants to arrive August 9. The goal is to continue to produce ... MORE
Farm, News, Ontario, Wayne County
DEC: Cayuga County farm will have to pay $110K fine after manure pit overflow

DEC: Cayuga County farm will have to pay $110K fine after manure pit overflow

A Cayuga County farm will pay more than $100,000 in penalties and adhere to a state monitoring plan after a consent order was agreed to last month. Ashland Farm was cited in March for a manure storage pit overflow. An unknown amount ... MORE
Elected officials take a 3-part farm tour in Cayuga County to see how farms protect the watershed

Elected officials take a 3-part farm tour in Cayuga County to see how farms protect the watershed

Partners for Healthy Watersheds, which was founded by organizations representing New York dairy farmers, hosted a three-part farm tour for elected officials as well as agricultural and environmental leaders this week. Partners for Healthy Watersheds works with surrounding communities to advocate for ... MORE
Cayuga County, Farm, News
Police help catch sheep that escaped on I-81 near Homer

Police help catch sheep that escaped on I-81 near Homer

On Thursday there was a complaint near the village in Homer on Route 90. The call was in reference to some runaway sheep. 16 sheep in total were caught by New York State Police with the help of the Homer Police Department, ... MORE
Local farmers say pandemic actually helped them

Local farmers say pandemic actually helped them

Some local farmers say the pandemic helped to put them on the map when the pandemic caused residents to be out of work and unable to afford food. Albanese Longhorns owners Ellen and Mike Albanese of Lafayette said that until the pandemic ... MORE