farming http://wrvo.org en New Farm Bill makes transition to organic dairy farming easier http://wrvo.org/post/new-farm-bill-makes-transition-organic-dairy-farming-easier <p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:16:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51514 at http://wrvo.org New Farm Bill makes transition to organic dairy farming easier Proposed FDA rules for produce farms to be changed http://wrvo.org/post/proposed-fda-rules-produce-farms-be-changed <p>The Food and Drug Administration is, for the first time, proposing new food safety rules for produce farmers across the country. The FDA asked for comments on the rules this year and thousands of upstate farmers responded. Many of them criticized the rules, saying they could spoil their livelihood. So the FDA announced last week they would re-draft some of the contentious rules.</p><p>Richard Ball runs Scoharie Farms on Route 30 outside of Albany. He walks over to a metal gate closing in one of his fields and yanks up the hood on his coat, blocking the wind.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Monica Sandreczki 49111 at http://wrvo.org Hanna urges OSHA to consider delaying surprise dairy farm inspections http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-urges-osha-consider-delaying-surprise-dairy-farm-inspections <p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:15:39 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49021 at http://wrvo.org Hanna urges OSHA to consider delaying surprise dairy farm inspections Christmas tree farm branches out to grow new species http://wrvo.org/post/christmas-tree-farm-branches-out-grow-new-species <p>Every year Christmas tree farmers lose a portion of their crop to a fungus that attacks the root of the tree.&nbsp; One tree farm in the Southern Tier has started planting a species that seems to be more resistant to the disease.<br /><br /> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Matt Martin 48833 at http://wrvo.org Christmas tree farm branches out to grow new species Farmers on guard after armyworms found in St. Lawrence County http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-guard-after-armyworms-found-st-lawrence-county <p>An infestation of True Armyworms was identified last week in a hay field in central St. Lawrence County, prompting growers to take an extra look at their grass and corn fields.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:19:24 +0000 Gino Geruntino 41786 at http://wrvo.org Farmers on guard after armyworms found in St. Lawrence County Madison County farms see younger people take the helm http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-farms-see-younger-people-take-helm <p>According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average age of a farmer in 2012 was 57. Forty percent of all farmers right now are over the age of 55. But in an era of increasing age among the men and women who grow our food, there are some younger people bucking the trend. Some of these new farmers are sending down roots in Madison County.<br><br>The cadre of 20 and 30-somethings running Greyrock Farm in Cazenovia are as likely to have a smartphone in their pocket as a pitchfork in their hands.<br> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:01:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41683 at http://wrvo.org Madison County farms see younger people take the helm Wet weather straining farmers, but season not a washout yet http://wrvo.org/post/wet-weather-straining-farmers-season-not-washout-yet <p>Brian Reeves is plucking dead leaves off of pepper plants on his farm in Baldwinsville.</p><p>"If it keeps up, they will lose more and more leaves and you come back here in two weeks and it's like a stem with no leaves," he says. "It's just gone."</p><p>Low-lying spots in his fields are wetter than they should be with large puddles collecting in some areas. Crops trying to grow in those areas are showing signs of too much moisture - like dead leaves and disease.</p><p>It's a result of the wetter-than-average summer so far in upstate New York.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 09:19:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40736 at http://wrvo.org Wet weather straining farmers, but season not a washout yet Amish dairy farmers work with Agri-Mark to get milk to market http://wrvo.org/post/amish-dairy-farmers-work-agri-mark-get-milk-market <p>St. Lawrence County may be losing population, but there's one group that keeps growing: Old Order Amish. They've moved to northern New York because of cheap, available farmland. But in order to maintain their lifestyle, the Amish need a market for the milk the produce. So they've turned to an unlikely partner: dairy co-op Agri-Mark.&nbsp;</p><p>Drive down some roads in the county, and it’s like stepping back in time.&nbsp;Traffic comes from buggies, not cars. Children in dark clothes and straw hats and bonnets play in neatly kept farm yards.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:04:14 +0000 Sarah Harris 40086 at http://wrvo.org Amish dairy farmers work with Agri-Mark to get milk to market To the farmers market you go http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-market-you-go <p>According to Ben Vitale, the secret to successfully shopping at a farmers market comes down to one simple statement: “Know your farmer, know your food.”</p><p><strong>Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Ben Vitale.</strong></p><p> Sun, 26 May 2013 22:59:00 +0000 Take Care Staff 38322 at http://wrvo.org To the farmers market you go Farmers' property taxes rise as land values increase http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-property-taxes-rise-land-values-increase <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#222222">Agriculture is one of the most dynamic and innovative economic sectors in New York state. All this week, the Innovation Trail team is reporting on some of the current challenges and opportunities facing upstate farmers.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">One of those challenges is property taxes. Agriculture is a land-intensive industry, so rising property taxes can mean much higher costs for farmers. And taxes have been rising, thanks mostly to increases in the production value of farmland.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:59:06 +0000 Joanna Richards 38282 at http://wrvo.org Farmers' property taxes rise as land values increase Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-and-beekeepers-respond-colony-collapse <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">Since 2006, honey bees have been abandoning seemingly healthy hives in large numbers, raising alarm among beekeepers, farmers and researchers. But, the industries that are dependent on honey bees are finding ways to manage the losses. </span> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:45:28 +0000 Matt Richmond 38239 at http://wrvo.org Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse Fighting fire blight in New York's apple industry http://wrvo.org/post/fighting-fire-blight-new-yorks-apple-industry-0 <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New York is the second biggest apple producing state in the country. But, last year production dropped dramatically due to a warmer winter, early blooms, and harsh spring frosts. The total production from the state plummeted from 1.2 million pounds in 2011, to just 710,000 pounds in 2012. But, weather isn’t the only challenge growers are contending with. Tue, 21 May 2013 12:25:44 +0000 Kate O'Connell 38181 at http://wrvo.org Fighting fire blight in New York's apple industry New York's "local" beef, often not as local as you think http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-local-beef-often-not-local-you-think <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The steaks stacked in the coolers of butcher shops in New York may be marketed as local, but just what that label means varies widely.</span> Mon, 20 May 2013 12:07:53 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38111 at http://wrvo.org New York's "local" beef, often not as local as you think Once the dominant grower, New York is rediscovering hops http://wrvo.org/post/once-dominant-grower-new-york-rediscovering-hops <p>Dave Pasick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> moved back to his family’s farm just north of Utica a few years ago, naming it </span>Szaro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Farms, after an old family name.</span> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:54:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 36654 at http://wrvo.org Once the dominant grower, New York is rediscovering hops Farmers and foodies call for fracking ban http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-and-foodies-call-fracking-ban <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A coalition of farmers and foodies are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state right away. Groups across the state are expected to meet throughout the week to alert the public to the risks they believe&nbsp;fracking poses to the state’s agricultural viability. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:50:42 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 36395 at http://wrvo.org Farmers and foodies call for fracking ban State budget puts more focus on agriculture http://wrvo.org/post/state-budget-puts-more-focus-agriculture <p>The state budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for new efforts to boost sales of New York produce, a change from previous administrations, says a pro-farming group. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:45:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32528 at http://wrvo.org State budget puts more focus on agriculture Greek yogurt helps boost the dairy industry and upstate's economy http://wrvo.org/post/greek-yogurt-helps-boost-dairy-industry-and-upstates-economy <p>Greek-style yogurt now accounts for about a quarter of all yogurt sales in the United States.&nbsp; Much of it is made in upstate New York, where this low-tech industry is having a big economic impact.<br /> Sun, 05 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Katie Gleitsmann 23631 at http://wrvo.org Greek yogurt helps boost the dairy industry and upstate's economy Schumer fights for a provision to the farm bill http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-fights-provision-farm-bill <p>New York Senator Charles Schumer called on the House of Representatives to pass a provision of the farm bill that he says would allow more grants and loans for more than 60 rural upstate New York communities.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 20:18:41 +0000 Catherine Loper 22382 at http://wrvo.org Schumer fights for a provision to the farm bill