Category: Farm

DAILY DEBRIEF: Rural & Migrant Ministry celebrates May Day for important labor (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Rural & Migrant Ministry celebrates May Day for important labor (podcast)

This year the Rural & Migrant Ministry is celebrating essential workers on the frontlines, who haven’t received the benefits that many of us have enjoyed to date. Today, a conversation about May Day efforts to highlight an important group of the workforce ... MORE
FREEZE WATCH:

FREEZE WARNING: Plants, crops at risk tonight as temps tumble into 20s, 30s

The National Weather Service has upgraded the Freeze Watch to a Freeze Warning in anticipation of chillier-than-normal temperatures tonight that could impact sensitive vegetation. Most of the region is included in the Warning, which runs from 1-9 a.m. Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, ... MORE
Farm, News, Weather
Kolb leads Republican push for ag funding to mitigate devastation caused by COVID-19

Kolb leads Republican push for ag funding to mitigate devastation caused by COVID-19

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Victor) and his Assembly Republican colleagues are fighting for new funding to mitigate the devastating impact of the ongoing public health crisis on New York state’s agricultural sector. “Our local farms need help right now, period. We need ... MORE
Assembly Republicans write letter to Trump, Congress calling for relief to farmers

Assembly Republicans write letter to Trump, Congress calling for relief to farmers

Assembly Republicans have authored a letter to President Trump and members of the state’s Congressional Delegation urging them to take swift action to assist farmers suffering devastating impacts from the economic downturn associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. A letter signed collectively by ... MORE
Small farms across NYS see big problems as demand shifts, shrinks amid pandemic

Small farms across NYS see big problems as demand shifts, shrinks amid pandemic

Local farmers are worried about the next several months, as they stare down a pandemic that’s going to add stress, to an already-stressful environment. John Bolton, owner of Bolton Farms in Hilton, has been growing fresh greens in a greenhouse behind his ... MORE
New York Farm Bureau releases 2020 legislative priorities

New York Farm Bureau releases 2020 legislative priorities

New York Farm Bureau released its 2020 state legislative priorities during a press call today that look to address important budget and economic needs of its farmer members who make up the diverse agricultural community in New York. NYFB President David Fisher ... MORE
Helming bill to establish small farm disaster grant program makes it through committee

Helming bill to establish small farm disaster grant program makes it through committee

Senator Pam Helming says a bill she sponsors to establish a small farm disaster recovery grant program has advanced through the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture with unanimous support. The proposed legislation would provide financial relief to small farms that have been ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News, Politics
Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate ... MORE
Despite lawsuit to stop farm labor rights law, changes will take hold on Wednesday

Despite lawsuit to stop farm labor rights law, changes will take hold on Wednesday

A lawsuit is coming as part of an effort to stop a farm labor rights law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2019. The Auburn Citizen reports that a legal challenge is being brought by a coalition of farm groups including the ... MORE
Courts, Farm, New York State, News
Restraining order placed on parts of new farm labor law

Restraining order placed on parts of new farm labor law

A temporary restraining order is complicating a new law that went into effect on New Years Day. A lawsuit filed by a group of dairy and vegetable farms caused the restraining order, which covers certain parts of the law. During last legislative ... MORE
Courts, Farm, News
Why did the Potato Growers sell Empire Farm Days?

Why did the Potato Growers sell Empire Farm Days?

The Empire State Potato Growers made headlines a couple weeks ago when they announced a sale. That sale was of the Empire Farm Days show, which is held annually at Lott Farms in Seneca Falls. Lee Newspapers Inc., publishers of Country Folks ... MORE
Farmers face uncertain, difficult times in Finger Lakes

Farmers face uncertain, difficult times in Finger Lakes

It’s not easy being a farmer. Between weather, fluctuating prices for produced goods that sometimes leave farms at a loss, and uncertainty in trade – it’s difficult to manage. Patrick O’Hara, a licensed clinical social worker has spent the latter part of ... MORE
Phelps farmers argue their herd was killed off by DOT along Thruway

Phelps farmers argue their herd was killed off by DOT along Thruway

On Monday a trial will begin for a case involving cows in Ontario County. John and Jan Fredericks will be in court, finally getting the opportunity to prove what they believed happened over a 15 year period at their farm alongside the ... MORE
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