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Consignment sale draws thousands of horse lovers from across state

The Countrymax Saddle and Tack Consignment Sale is just a week away, but there’s still time to drop off items to sell. Known as the Black Friday in February in the equine world, the sale is next Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th. Countrymax representative Mandi Lenhard said people come from all over the state to buy and sell... more

Wegmans, Wal-Mart pay Cayuga County fines for scale violations

Wegmans and Wal-Mart have both paid fines after the Cayuga County Weights and Measures Department found violations with some of the stores’ scales. Larry G. Roser, director of weights and measures, said January was supermarket scale testing month, where he inspected scales at all 13 supermarkets in the county. In his report to the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee, Roser... more

Inside the FLX: IDA Exec. Director Bob Aronson talks depot, development, and more

“It was a great opportunity to do something for the home team.” That’s how Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Bob Aronson views his role in driving economic development. The IDA serves as an arm of government, which organizes and establishes deals to foster economic development. His roots run deep in Seneca County, as his grandfather’s business in downtown... more

NOT SO FAST: CEO refutes rumor of immigration raid at Red Jacket Orchards

Reports have swirled that U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement members performed a raid in the area and detained 50 people who are classified as illegal immigrants. Those reports, posted on social media and through emails, suggested they were at Red Jacket Farms in Geneva. However, Brian Nicholson, president and CEO of Red Jacket, based in Geneva, said Monday that no... more

After the drought in Ontario County, what now?

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, meaning six more weeks of winter weather – or so the legend goes. But as last year’s drought and other extreme weather events have taught us in recent years, don’t expect to have the slightest idea what’s coming next. Ever, even from a furry creature that some say has a reputation for... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust conserves 470-acre West Hill farm

The Finger Lakes Land Trust today announced that it has accepted the donation of perpetual conservation easements that will conserve the 470-acre Sheffield Farm on Ithaca’s West Hill. This extensive property is one of the largest remaining privately owned parcels within the town of Ithaca and features extensive fields and woodlands as well as frontage on State Route 79, Bundy,... more

DEC issues new permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the renewal of its Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permits, ending an approximately year-long public comment and review process but also disappointing some water quality advocates in Cayuga County. The Citizen: Read More more

NY Farm Bureau eyes farm-to-food bank bill, investment tax credit for farmers in 2017

Under new leadership, the New York Farm Bureau has a handful of priorities for the 2017 state legislative session. New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher, who was elected in December, outlined the organization's agenda during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. The Citizen: Read More more

DEPOT DELAY: Seneca Co. Board members sound off over IDA bid process, lease agreement

For Seneca Falls Supervisor Stephen Churchill and Fayette Town Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti there were always questions about controversial Depot sale. The sale of the former Seneca Army Depot has been a contentious issue within the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, as well as with bidders and constituents who now feel they were misled through the IDA’s process. It was a... more

Developments in 30-year-old tower dispute in Hopewell

Disagreement over a communications tower installed on Route 488 in 1987 is still ongoing. A petition for reconsideration was submitted Jan. 6 to the Federal Communications Commission, seeking to overturn a Dec. 8, 2016 ruling that Verizon Wireless has to review the impact of the communications tower on the adjacent historic 1867 Oliver Warner Farmstead. It is the latest development... more

Proposed tomato farm may head to Ontario in Wayne County

A grower who is behind a controversial greenhouse project in Webster is now considering sites in Ontario, Wayne County. Intergrow owner Dirk Biemans proposed a tomato farm near the intersection of Salt and State Roads in Webster. Back in September, the town board said the plans could move forward. WHEC: Read More more

Seneca Co. Supervisors weigh future solar, wind, farm waste energy tax exemption

The meeting didn’t even last 90 minutes, but the Seneca County Board of Supervisors heard a number of issues on Tuesday. Two public hearings were scheduled for potential adoption of local laws; one addressed the salaries of select officials in Seneca County, while the second addressed a tax exemption in New York for property owners with solar, wind and farm... more

CCE presents Friend of Extension awards

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County recently presented its Friend of the Extension Award to Canandaigua Tractor Supply Store and Ontario County Undersheriff Dave Tillman. Canandaigua Tractor Supply and manager Steve Torkelson has been a strong supporters of the Ontario County 4-H program and are always willing to give 4-H clubs and members opportunities to display their 4-H projects and... more

New York Apple Association leader retiring in Victor

He was raised on a potato farm in central New York, but when people speak of Jim Allen, it’s apples that come to mind. Allen, 65, is retiring as president and CEO of the New York Apple Association, a group he joined in 1996 and has led since 2000. “I’m going to miss all of it,” said Allen from the... more
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