Category: Farm

Agricultural District enrollment going on in Wayne County

Agricultural District enrollment going on in Wayne County

Wayne County is accepting landowner applications for including new parcels of viable agricultural land in the existing certified Agricultural District, according to the Finger Lakes Times. The Board of Supervisors established the annual Agricultural District Open Review Period from January 1st to ... MORE
Farm, News, Wayne County
Marijuana legalization could help struggling farms in rural, Upstate NY

Marijuana legalization could help struggling farms in rural, Upstate NY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to begin the new year pushing for the legalization of recreational marijuana, which could be good news for farmers. The growing number of vaping-related lung illnesses, however, could complicate the debate. Sen. Jen Metzger, the chair of ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Waterloo applies for intervenor funds for solar farm review

Waterloo applies for intervenor funds for solar farm review

Trelina Solar Energy Center LLC has made $28,000 available to parties that want to intervene in the Article 10 Preliminary Scoping Statement process for the company’s proposed 80 megawatt solar farm in the west end of the town of Waterloo. The town ... MORE
Branchport resident named executive director of NYAAC

Branchport resident named executive director of NYAAC

A Yates County resident is taking the lead with a statewide agency, giving the Finger Lakes more leadership energy on a variety fo statewide issues. Eileen Jensen has been appointed Executive Director of the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition. She previously served ... MORE
Lee Newspapers takes over Empire Farm Days

Lee Newspapers takes over Empire Farm Days

Empire Farm Days has new owners. While it’s been around for 90-plus years, the multi-day event, held at the Rodman Lott & Son Farm on State Route 414 has been growing steadily over the years. Now, Empire State Potato Growers has sold ... MORE
Reported suicide spiking among farmers, Sen. Schumer calls for action

Sen. Schumer calls for action as suicide rates spike among farmers

Farmer Patrick McCormick of Robbiehill Family Dairy says the suicide crisis on farms has hit upstate New York the hardest and placed a dark cloud, especially on Wyoming County. “I know farmers not too far from here. Two of them this past ... MORE
Farm, Health, News
Weather, debt, milk prices all factors in farmer’s mental health

Weather, debt, milk prices all factors in farmer’s mental health

The numbers show Wyoming County has the highest suicide rate among farmers in the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions. The rural county has the 8th highest suicide rate in the state, and nationally, the trend shows farmers have a suicide ... MORE
Farm, Health, News
How farmers in FLX, CNY prepare and clean up after winter storm

How farmers in FLX, CNY prepare and clean up after winter storm

People in Cortland County saw over a foot of snow, and farmers in the area have to prepare and clean up so their business isn’t impacted. On the snowy hills of Cortland sits a fifth generation dairy farm. Branden Brown runs Trinity ... MORE
Farm, News
Farmers and business owners push for regulations in hemp industry

Farmers and business owners push for regulations in hemp industry

Farmers and business owners are pushing for regulations in the growing hemp industry. New York Hemp Lab held a panel at the University of Rochester on Saturday. The focus of the discussion was the lack of standards for hemp products, testing, and ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Farm succession fair in Auburn tackles communication

Farm succession fair in Auburn tackles communication

Farm owner Donald Bowden will turn 90 next year, and he isn’t sure of the next step to take with his farm. Bowden has lived on Bowden Farms, a mile south of Weedsport, his entire life, and currently rents the land. So ... MORE
Auburn, Cayuga County, Farm, News
Farmers working non-stop to harvest before winter weather takes over

Farmers working non-stop to harvest before winter weather takes over

Farmers across the region have been in a race against time and Mother Nature to beat the winter weather and harvest their crops. Down at Meisenzahl Farms in Honeoye Falls, Dave and Jeremy Meisenzahl have been busy harvesting their corn with their ... MORE
Wayne County hemp farmer believes thieves are mistaking his plants for pot

Wayne County hemp farmer believes thieves are mistaking his plants for pot

Dale Weed is a farmer and food processor who, just this year, started growing industrial hemp because of an increasing popularity in the CBD industry. “This is an opportunity for farmers to be able to save the farm, and for people to ... MORE
Farm, News, Savannah, Wayne County
Hemp farms growing rapidly across NYS, but regulation stands in the way

Hemp farms growing rapidly across NYS, but regulation stands in the way

New York is experiencing a boom in new hemp farms as the CBD oil industry has grown rapidly. But without guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the industry can’t reach its potential, Sen. Charles Schumer warned Tuesday. Schumer urged the FDA to ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Senator Chuck Schumer calls for hemp farming regulations

Senator Chuck Schumer calls for hemp farming regulations

Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for new regulations for a booming business in our area — hemp farming. Forbes says hemp farming has quadrupled in the country this year, and there are a number of hemp farms in Monroe and Ontario Counties ... MORE
Farm, Health, New York State, News
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Wet spring delaying prime apple picking season in some isolated cases across Finger Lakes

Fall means apple season in the Finger Lakes. However, there were some meteorological factors at play over the last 12-months that have had an impact on this year’s crop, according to the experts. Professor Susan Brown of Cornell University spoke with the ... MORE
Growers say this was one of the best seasons for pumpkins in a long time

Growers say this was one of the best seasons for pumpkins in a long time

In the town of Onondaga, business is booming at The Pumpkin Hollow. “This is the best year for pumpkins we’ve seen in a long time,” said supervisor Gwendolyn Cox. Vegetable industry expert Steve Reiners from Cornell University said the quality of this ... MORE
Farm, News
New York Assembly Agriculture Chair tours local farms

New York Assembly Agriculture Chair tours local farms

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, chair of the state Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, toured several Cayuga County farms on Friday, where she had the chance to learn about some of the industry’s latest advancements and challenges. Lupardo, D-Endwell, visited Spruce Haven Farm, a 2,000 cow ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News, Politics
INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with

INSIDE THE FLX: Discussing rural challenges with leaders from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration (podcast)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration are two federally funded agencies that work hard to improve quality of life in rural communities. What many people may not realize, though, is that these agencies are not nearly as one-dimensional as ... MORE