Category: Farm

Apple farmers feeling the effects of a cold spring

Apple farmers feeling the chill of a cold spring as harvest season continues

From being shot out of a cannon to being distilled down to a cider, Western New York apple farmers have found many ways to make use of their crops. But this year, as farmers go through harvest season, some say there’s been a ... MORE
New local technology promises longer lasting milk

New local technology promises longer lasting milk

New York state is home to a revolutionary new technique that could improve the lives of the dairy farmers. A new pasteurization technique for milk was presented during the Rochester dairy conference this week. It’s called millisecond technology or MST. Researchers say ... MORE
Soy processing plant could have big impact for area farmers

Soy processing plant could have big impact for area farmers

“The goal is to strengthen New York agriculture,” Todd Du Mond said. Du Mond, owner and operator of DuMond Ag, was speaking at the official unveiling of a new $3.27 million soybean extrusion facility Thursday, a project he hopes can benefit all ... MORE
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls for investigation into produce, agriculture pricing

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls for investigation into produce, agriculture pricing

While the prices of fruits and vegetables have increased for both consumers at the grocery store and for wholesale buyers, the prices that farmers receive for these same products has not kept up with these increases. According to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Cornell researchers look to turn apple waste into good tasting, nutrition packed products

Cornell researchers look to turn apple waste into good tasting, nutrition packed products

A Cornell University professor is leading research into ways to take apple waste and turn it into nutritional and tasty products. The process to produce apple juice, jams and cider ends up leaving roughly one-third of the fruit as waste. Processing apples ... MORE
Environment, Farm, News
West Haven Farm transitioning to new family of farmers

West Haven Farm transitioning to new family of farmers

West Haven Farm, the longest-running Community Supported Agriculture program in Ithaca, is changing hands. Founders of West Haven John and Jen Bokaer-Smith are retiring this year, after 27 years. The new owners, Carlos Aguilera and Lorena Aguilera-Mendoza, are passionate about continuing the ... MORE
Farm, Ithaca, Life, News, Tompkins County
Yates ag tour includes Potter ‘muck’

Yates ag tour includes Potter ‘muck’

You would have a hard time finding someone who likes getting their hands dirty more than Christy Hoepting. Then again, it is her job — and judging by the ever-present smile on her face Monday, it’s a job she truly enjoys. Hoepting, ... MORE
Events, Farm, Life, News, Potter, Yates County
Potential chocolate milk ban in New York City schools draws opposition from farmers

Potential chocolate milk ban in New York City schools draws opposition from farmers

The state’s largest farm organization is warning New York City officials against a proposal to ban chocolate milk from school meals. The New York Farm Bureau wrote in a letter this month to New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza that banning ... MORE
Farm, Health, New York State, News
Local researchers using drones and rovers to increase resiliency in agriculture

Local researchers using drones and rovers to increase resiliency in agriculture

Cornell University has been using Musgrave Research Farm to conduct studies for the past 80 years. Recently they’ve added something new: Digital technology. They are using new technology and working with the United States Department of Agriculture to create resiliency in the ... MORE
Farm, Ithaca, News, Tompkins County
Mega-dairies shun state permitting requirements related to manure management plan disclosures

Mega-dairies shun state permitting requirements related to manure management plan disclosures

Not a single large dairy in New York State has applied for a newly rewritten state permit that includes court-ordered reforms, including public disclosure of farm manure management plans. An Albany judge ordered the rewrite last year after environmental groups sued the ... MORE
Apple Shed in running for ‘best orchard’

Apple Shed in running for ‘best orchard’

A trip to the Apple Shed is a must-do each autumn for fans of the fruit. For others, it’s a weekly excursion. The Apple Shed, on an idyllic spot among the drumlins off of Fairville Maple Ridge, is certainly off the beaten ... MORE
Farm, Food, Life, News, Wayne County
Dairy producers continue to struggle across New York

Economic impact of changing agriculture across New York

New York State farms brought in $5.7 billion in revenue, according to a recently released report from the state comptroller’s office for 2017. Dairy is what leads the way for state farms.  A new report says there was $2.5 billion in milk ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News
Republican lawmakers in Assembly send letter to Congressional leaders, Trump to boost Upstate farmers

Republican lawmakers in Assembly send letter to Congressional leaders, Trump to boost Upstate farmers

Republican lawmakers in the state Assembly last week sent a letter to congressional leaders and President Donald Trump urging the approval of a new North American trade pact they say will be a boon to upstate farmers. The U.S.-Mexico-Canda trade deal will ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News, Politics
Work begins on nation’s only hemp seed bank in Finger Lakes

Work begins on nation’s only hemp seed bank in Finger Lakes

Work has begun on creating the nation’s only hemp seed bank in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The “Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository” will be established at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva. Sen. Charles Schumer announced the launch of the new ... MORE
Looking at how farmers keep cows cool in the heat

Looking at how farmers keep cows cool in the heat

It’s important to be able to cool off in the summer heat, but that’s especially true for cows. At Barbland Dairy Farms in Fabius there are 2,000 cows to take care of. For milking, farmers like to keep a cow’s temperature somewhere ... MORE
Farm, News
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Sun setting in Junius (photo)

A shot from Junius as the sun set. Photo by Justin Shaw ... MORE
Programs outline possibilities, future of Hemp at Empire Farm Days

Programs outline possibilities, future of Hemp at Empire Farm Days

Hemp is hot … and a little bit complicated. New this year at Empire Farm Days is a Hemp Center, and programs were planned for each of the event’s three days to explain different facets of this up-and-coming crop in New York ... MORE
Local farmers weigh in on Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act

Local farmers weigh in on Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act

The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act grants collective bargaining rights to laborers, provides a 60-hour work week, a day of rest, overtime pay, and allows for disability and paid family leave pay. Governor Andrew Cuomo says this will give, “100,000 farmers ... MORE
Farm, New York State, News