Barn fire at Peters Dairy Farm quickly extinguished in Cayuga Co.

Multiple fire departments in Cayuga County were called to Peters Dairy Farm for the report of a barn fire in Auburn. Scanner traffic indicates that Poplar Ridge, Scipio, and Aurora Fire Departments, as well as Aurelius RIT Team, and Southern Cayuga Ambulance were called to the area of Route 34 and Gary Rd. for a reported barn fire. When Poplar... more

8-year-old killed in Varick farm accident

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says an 8-year-old was killed in a fatal farm accident that happened during the early-afternoon hours on Friday. Around 1:40 pm deputies were called to an address on McCulloch Rd. in the Town of Varick for the report that Wilmer Zimmerman, of Romulus was caught between a John Deere Gator utility vehicle and a loaded... more

Empire Farm Days set for Aug. 8, 9 and 10 in Seneca Falls

Yes, it’s still a month away. But you’ll need time to pump up your energy reserves to “Come see for yourself!” — the theme for the 2017 Empire Farm Days at Seneca Falls, N.Y. You’ll be hoisting hoods, climbing into cabs and taking tractors, trucks, applicators, UTVs or construction equipment for a test spin. You’ll be loading up on equipment... more

Back to the roots: Local students return for apple rootstock research

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree … or the ground. A recent wave of agriculture uses rootstock from disease-resistant dwarf apple trees to increase production, decrease the need for sprays, and eliminate the danger of ladders. Branches or buds are grafted into dwarf tree roots to create apple trees planted by millions today. In these orchards, the trees... more

Cayuga County Legislature chooses not to support lawsuit against DEC

The Cayuga County Legislature chose not to file a friend-of-the-court brief for a lawsuit against the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding its new permit for large animal farms. Cayuga County Farm Bureau President and chair of the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District Ray Lockwood had submitted a letter to the body on June 2, requesting they not... more

Here’s why they are growing hemp at Cornell

New York is well-positioned to become a major producer of industrial hemp. An interdisciplinary team of Cornell University researchers is studying possible barriers to the development of this industry, including seed issues and disease and insect pests, and will determine the best commercially available varieties for diverse New York conditions. In 2017, Cornell University’s Industrial Hemp Program will test seventeen... more

Farmers waiting for it to dry out in the region

It’s a slow start for farmers this season. Many are waiting for their farm fields to get dry enough to start planting crops like tomatoes, beans and sweet corn. “Last year we were begging for rain, and now we want it to get shut off,” said Dave Borrelli of Borrelli Farms. “We could use some drier weather.”   Borelli says... more

Ontario County ag leaders recognized

Outstanding agriculture leaders recently were honored at the Ontario County Agriculture Appreciation Banquet at Club 86. The banquet celebrating agriculture in Ontario County during National Agriculture Week attracted 160 agriculture producers, educators, county officials, county supervisors, state Sen. Pam Helming and representatives of state legislators. During the evening, themed “Down Memory Lane,” the Jerome, Zimmerman, Kunes, and Lightfoote families shared... more

Depot property assessed at $8.2M

The long-awaited tentative assessment on the nearly 7,000 acres at the former Seneca Army Depot that Earl Martin wants to buy is in. The number is $8,212,600, according to Ann Morgan, assessor for the towns of Romulus, Varick, Ovid, Lodi and Covert. Morgan divided the land into three parcels and assessed each one separately. The total acreage of the three... more

Solar farm moratorium proposed

The Town Board voted last week to introduce a local law imposing an indefinite moratorium on the installation of large, commercial solar farms in the town. A public hearing on the proposed local law will be conducted at the board’s May 16 meeting. Town Supervisor Drew Wickham said the moratorium affects new solar arrays built for commercial, electricity-generating purposes. It... more

FARM ACCIDENT: 2-year-old airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after Penn Yan incident

A farm accident on Welker Rd. left a Penn Yan boy hospitalized at Strong Memorial Hospital, according to deputies. Deputies in Yates County say the incident happened around 9 am, when the 2-year-old and his brother were in a barn with their father. The younger child then climbed onto an operating feed conveyor and became pinched by the large machine.... more

Catalpa Farm in Canandaigua preserved

Gary Pritchard can breathe a sigh of relief. The Canandaigua resident has been farming for 50 years and he knows the multi-generation Catalpa Farm in the north section of town, alongside Route 332 near Trenchman’s Hill, will be conserved forever, thanks to a conservation easement through the Finger Lakes Land Trust. “Our livelihood is farming,” Pritchard said. “We’re under a... more

Cornell Cooperative Extension offices across NY struggle with stagnant state funding

Despite inflation and the rise in the cost of living, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County and across the state have operated under the same budget since the 1970s. The Wayne County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution last month calling for the state to increase funding to the 56 Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations across New York state by a... more
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