Category: Farm

INSIDE THE FLX: Kim Skellie from El-Vi Farms on the state budget from an ag perspective (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Kim Skellie from El-Vi Farms on the state budget from an ag perspective (podcast)

n recent episodes, we’ve been getting reaction to the recently-passed state budget from various segments of business and industry. This time, we get reaction from the ag community. Our guest is Kim Skellie from El-Vi Farms in Newark. EL-VI Farms is a ... MORE
White House releases rural infrastructure playbook

White House releases rural infrastructure playbook

The White House has released a playbook for the development of rural infrastructure. Rod Bain has the story.  According to a White House news release, the plan: Identifies programs and sources of funds set aside for rural communities under the law. Over ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Geneva Town Board postpones vote on ag zoning change for winery, brewery events

Geneva Town Board postpones vote on ag zoning change for winery, brewery events

The Geneva Town Board did not vote Tuesday night on a proposed change to the town’s zoning laws concerning agricultural commerce. The change was designed to clarify language covering events and wineries and breweries, which are generally in areas zoned agricultural. At ... MORE
Geneva Town Board to hold hearings on PUD, ag zoning clarification tonight

Geneva Town Board to hold hearings on PUD, ag zoning clarification tonight

The town of Geneva holds a public hearing tonight on a proposed zoning map change to accommodate a Planned Unit Development. (PUD) Jacob Fox has purchased property that formerly belonged to Red Jacket Orchards off Route 14 south of the city. Geneva ... MORE
Farmworker advocates applaud new tax credit for farmers in state budget

Farmworker advocates applaud new tax credit for farmers in state budget

Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. commended the New York State Legislature and Governor Kathy Hochul for taking steps to ensure that the labor rights of farmworkers are protected. The recently adopted state budget facilitates lowering the overtime threshold for farmworkers from 60 ... MORE
Mushroom company first to set up lab at Cornell AgriTech’s new

Mushroom company first to set up lab at Cornell AgriTech’s new coworking space

The average consumer may not be familiar with the benefits of mushrooms, but that could soon change. A company specializing in mushrooms is the first business to set up shop at Cornell AgriTech’s new coworking space at the Center of Excellence for ... MORE
USDA offers CLEAR30 option for producers to enroll land with expiring conservation contracts

USDA offers CLEAR30 option for producers to enroll land with expiring conservation contracts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the signup period for its Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative (CLEAR30) — a nationwide opportunity for certain landowners and agricultural producers currently implementing water quality practices through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to enroll in ... MORE
USDA encourages producers to enroll grasslands into special Conservation Reserve Program signup

USDA encourages producers to enroll grasslands into special Conservation Reserve Program signup

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages producers and landowners to enroll in the Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) starting next week through May 13, 2022. Grassland CRP provides a unique opportunity for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural landowners to keep land in agricultural production ... MORE
Seneca/Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Partners host Soil Health Workshop for Area Farmers

Seneca/Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Partners host Soil Health Workshop for Area Farmers

Finger Lakes farmers are invited to join Seneca and Cayuga County Soil & Water Conservation Districts and their partners, Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension, USDA-NRCS and USDA- FSA for an inaugural Soil Health Workshop for farms looking to improve their soil health ... MORE
Mushroom company hopes to grow new business in Finger Lakes

Mushroom company hopes to grow new business in Finger Lakes

A Henrietta company specializing in mushrooms and related products is the first business at the Cornell Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture’s new co-working space at Cornell AgriTech. Empire Medicinals, which specializes in gourmet varieties of mushrooms under the Leep Foods ... MORE
Owner of Wayne County exotic wildlife farm speaks out amid DEC investigation

Owner of Wayne County exotic wildlife farm speaks out amid DEC investigation

The owner of a Wayne County exotic animal farm is speaking out following the state removal of animals- including alligators, foxes, wolves, and hundreds of rodents- from the facility. “To be honest with you I’m devastated. I’ve never had anything like this ... MORE
New York launches

New York launches license application portal for hemp farmers

On Tuesday, March 15, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a web-based portal for hemp farmers seeking a conditional license to grow adult-use cannabis. The portal is for those looking to obtain an adult-use cannabis grow license for ... MORE
Business, Farm, New York State, News
Avian Influenza presents threat to poultry flocks

Avian Influenza presents threat to poultry flocks

A strain of bird flu could become a threat to those who raise poultry in their backyards. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been found recently in commercial poultry flocks in the midwest. It spreads through infected droppings, and can begin with ... MORE
Farm, News, Seneca County
INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca County County Extension Farm-to-School, Home Gardening Kits and Avian Flu (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca County Cooperative Extension Farm-to-School, Home Gardening Kits and Avian Flu (podcast)

Ted Baker is joined in studio by members of the Seneca County Cooperative Extension on this in-studio Tuesday edition of Inside the FLX. Home Horticulture Educator Patti Paine, Senior Agriculture Economic Specialist Judy Wright and Nutrition Educator Candace Riegel stop in to ... MORE
INSIDE THE FLX: Glenna Colaprete on the benefits of CBD and the future of cannabis growing in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

INSIDE THE FLX: Glenna Colaprete on the benefits of CBD and the future of cannabis growing in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

Glenna is the owner of Glenna’s CBD, with locations in Rochester and at Eastview Mall in Victor. We talked about how the pain she was suffering led her away from corporate America and into CBD and growing cannabis. She explains how CBD ... MORE
New York Rural Development Director optimistic about the future

New York Rural Development Director optimistic about the future

The state Director of Rural Development for the US Department of Agriculture thinks rural New York’s best days are ahead. Brian Murray commented after President Biden’s State of the Union address, in which he called for a number of rural initiatives, including ... MORE
Torres Small testifies on Capitol Hill on expanding rural broadband access

Undersecretary Torres Small testifies on Capitol Hill on expanding rural broadband access

Following up on her remarks in an exclusive Inside the FLX podcast with FingerLakes1.com, Undersecretary of Rural Development with the US Agriculture Department Xochitl Torres Small testified on Capitol Hill this week on the importance of high speed internet in rural communities ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Senate passes bill doubling farm workforce retention tax credit co-sponsored by Senator Helming

Senate passes bill doubling farm workforce retention tax credit co-sponsored by Senator Helming

The New York State Senate today passed Senate bill S.3502 co-sponsored by Senator Pam Helming that doubles the agricultural workforce retention tax credit from $600 to $1,200 per farm employee. “At a time when our farmers are facing increased costs across the board, ... MORE