Sen. Helming sees first sponsored bill pass; will go on to Assembly

The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – 54th District) as part of a comprehensive package of bills that would strengthen and preserve agriculture as the state’s leading industry. This bill is the first piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Helming to pass the Senate. Senate bill 4535 encourages farmers – particularly those located... more

Finger Lakes farms need migrant workers

In answer to allegations that “illegal” immigrants are draining our welfare system, we want to point out that they cannot and do not apply for our social services. You must be a U.S. citizen or at least a permanent legal resident in order to qualify. Mexicans, specifically, do not understand the concept of having the government support them. They come... more

Wayne County egg farm going cage-free

A Wayne County egg farm will be converted into a cage-free operation as part of a $64 million expansion at two egg-producing sites, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday. Newstead Ranch Inc. of Clarence, Erie County, is expanding operations at its egg farms in Wayne and Genesee counties, and it’s expected to create up to 55 jobs over the next five... more

Farms see tax relief, amidst concerns

Lawmakers heard from members of 90 county Farm Bureaus and like-minded organizations this week in Albany for the annual Taste of New York Reception and Lobby Day. The record turnout was not unexpected, given what’s at stake this year. A drop in farm income — to the tune of $1 billion in 2015 — signals a trend along with rising... more

Nyrop returns to roots: Interim leader of Experiment Station began his career in Geneva

Jan Nyrop looks around his new digs on the campus of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and admits it doesn’t have the look of a modern office, beyond the laptop and monitor on his desk. The meeting room table is a solid piece of furniture that has been refinished. Same for the solid chairs that wrap around it.... more

Local laws and litigation: Recent history of landfilling debate in Seneca Falls

The polarizing nature of the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls has folks from every walk of life weighing in. While the community remains largely split on the issues at play — this year is shaping up to be as important — if not more important than 2016. On March 14th a Public Hearing is scheduled to take place at... more

Canandaigua man charged after his livestock repeatedly wandered onto highway

A 74-year-old Canandaigua man was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and Ontario County Humane Society. Deputies say 14 calls were placed in the last month to the 911 Center regarding Donald F. Nolan’s livestock, which were not fenced in properly — and had been walking onto the highway. Nolan was charged due to... more

Finger Lakes Wines and Grapes: February weather helped water table

February wasn’t too bad. It was more of the same: cold and snow, then warm and rain. Actually, there was some record warmth for Presidents’ Day week! This cycle certainly helps raise our water table, which was badly depleted last summer. And the lack of subzero temperatures is a great thing. As long as we get some more typical colder... more

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
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