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Seneca County draft Agricultural Enhancement plan available, program signups underway

Copies of the new Seneca County draft Agricultural Enhancement plan are now available to farmers and other interested members of the public. Hard copies have been placed at town halls and public libraries throughout the county. You can also read the plan ... MORE
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Wayne County Ag District open enrollment period now through the end of January

Wayne County is home to thousands of acres of agricultural land with productive soils that are used by multiple local farming operations. Many of these parcels are identified in one countywide Agricultural District. Landowners for properties that are used for farming purposes ... MORE
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Heavy rain right before harvest made bringing in the grape crop in 2021 a challenge

Cornell Cooperative Extension Viticulture Specialist Hans Walter-Peterson, who runs the Finger Lakes Grape Program, says a lot of rain right before harvest time made it a challenging 2021 harvest for wine grape growers.  Walter-Peterson says the crop was a large one ... MORE
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Republican State Senators urge no action on lowering farm overtime threshold

Republican State Senators urge no action on lowering farm overtime threshold

State Senators Tom O’Mara, Pam Helming and their GOP colleagues are urging the state Farm Laborers Wage Board not to lower the threshold for farm workers to receive overtime from 60 to 40 hours per week. Under the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices ... MORE
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Getting legal advice from immigration attorneys

If you love to travel, and you especially love taking vacations and beautiful areas like the Finger Lakes, you need to make sure that you understand what the immigration requirements are for people who you hire who are foreign citizens or your ... MORE
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The unmanned technology revolution in agriculture in 2021

Today, the reality of farming is faced with high costs and limited scale, along with the need to obtain the best harvest at the earliest stage of the spring calendar. Only using the latest technology can play a decisive role in achieving ... MORE
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Federal government makes $1.15 billion available for rural broadband

Federal government makes $1.15 billion available for rural broadband

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get access to high-speed internet. This ... MORE
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Montour Market receives grant to open physical location in Montour Falls

The Montour Market has been granted $91,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The store is the first ever farm-to-market store in New York that opened as a sustainability project. The market was opened in June of 2020 to give residents on ... MORE
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Yates County Sheriff’s Office reminds drivers that harvest season brings slow moving vehicles

With harvest season coming up, the Yates County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind drivers to be mindful of slow moving traffic and farm equipment. “Fall is my favorite season and many motorists enjoy seeing the vista’s and the foliage on our trees,” ... MORE
Farm, News, Traffic, Yates County
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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
Farm, New York State, News, Politics
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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
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