Category: Farm

DAILY DEBRIEF: Creating resources for farm workforce during COVID-19 pandemic

DAILY DEBRIEF: Creating resources for farm workforce during COVID-19 pandemic

– By Gabriel Pietrorazio Communication is key, especially when combatting a pandemic. How are immigrant farmworkers remaining educated on the facts about COVID-19 here in New York state? Libby Eiholzer, a bilingual dairy specialist at the Cornell Cooperative Extension explains how her ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Dairy farms suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Dairy farms suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic (podcast)

Cows still need to be milked, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dairy farms across New York state are financially suffering with the unprecedented dropping of milk prices, which has prompted co-ops dump milk – and even considered an early indicator of a ... MORE
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