Agriculture http://wrvo.org en State of emergency in six counties due to weeklong flooding http://wrvo.org/post/state-emergency-six-counties-due-weeklong-flooding <p></p><p>Most North Country rivers and streams appear to be cresting or starting to recede after days of rising water.&nbsp;</p><p>A combination of rain and melting snow caused several rivers and creeks to flood in upstate New York, particularly in the North Country and Mohawk Valley. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a state of emergency for six New York counties this week due to flooding -- including Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:50:59 +0000 WRVO News 54422 at http://wrvo.org State of emergency in six counties due to weeklong flooding Schumer calls on USDA to assist upstate dairy farmers with Farm Bill http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-usda-assist-upstate-dairy-farmers-farm-bill <p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:56:41 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53505 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls on USDA to assist upstate dairy farmers with Farm Bill Maple Weekend celebrations go on, despite slower start to season http://wrvo.org/post/maple-weekend-celebrations-go-despite-slower-start-season <p></p><p>This weekend is the state’s annual celebration of maple syrup. Maple Weekend is a rite of spring and ushers in the first crop of the year.</p><p>New York is the country’s second biggest producer of maple syrup, behind Vermont. Producers will put out more than two million taps this spring.</p><p>Acting New York State Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball says producers are nervous about the late winter.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:00:01 +0000 David Sommerstein 53063 at http://wrvo.org Maple Weekend celebrations go on, despite slower start to season Cold weather could mean fewer bees to pollinate fruit come spring http://wrvo.org/post/cold-weather-could-mean-fewer-bees-pollinate-fruit-come-spring <p></p><p>This winter’s cold temperatures are creating tough survival conditions for honeybees. Come spring, the bees will be relied on to pollinate upstate New York apple, cherry, and other fruit trees.</p><p>Mike Martino began the winter with a hundred bee colonies on his Honey Hill apple orchard in&nbsp;Chittenango. He estimates he’ll lose about 30 colonies by spring time. He’s hoping the prolonged frigid temperatures of the past few months don’t kill off more.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51691 at http://wrvo.org Cold weather could mean fewer bees to pollinate fruit come spring 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 Hanna says Farm Bill gets a lot right, but doesn't address everything http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-says-farm-bill-gets-lot-right-doesnt-address-everything <p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:57:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51370 at http://wrvo.org Hanna says Farm Bill gets a lot right, but doesn't address everything Hanna touts benefits of Farm Bill for upstate NY farmers http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-touts-benefits-farm-bill-upstate-ny-farmers <p></p><p>President Barack Obama signed the Farm Bill into law Friday, after four years of failed attempts to pass one. Rep. Richard Hanna says the bill will give economic stability to farmers in the upstate New York.</p><p>Hanna toured the Dutch Hill Creamery in Chenango Forks Friday morning and said the new Farm Bill will have a great impact on farmers in the state. And that New York state should focus more on the potential benefits of expanded farming.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:09:06 +0000 Matt Martin 51063 at http://wrvo.org Hanna touts benefits of Farm Bill for upstate NY farmers Chobani can't call its yogurt 'Greek' in the United Kingdom http://wrvo.org/post/chobani-cant-call-its-yogurt-greek-united-kingdom <p>Central New York yogurt powerhouse Chobani won’t be able to call its yogurt “Greek” in the United Kingdom after a court ruling.</p><p>A British court ruled yesterday that because Chobani’s Greek-style yogurt is made in New York state, not in Greece, they can’t call it Greek. The legal challenge came from a Chobani rival, Fage.</p><p>The court said the labeling misleads consumers. Chobani hit U.K. store shelves in 2012, but withdrew its products last year, according to the Associated Press.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:47:46 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50655 at http://wrvo.org Chobani can't call its yogurt 'Greek' in the United Kingdom Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-farm-bill-deal-good-new-york-farmers <p></p><p>New York Sen. Charles Schumer says it’s “a good day” for upstate New York farmers now that there is a deal in the House of Representatives and Senate for a Farm Bill.</p><p>Congress is expected to begin voting on the bill later today. The five year farm bill, agreed upon in committees on Monday, reduces crop subsidies and increases crop insurance.</p><p>Farm Bills were first written during the Great Depression. This latest one took two years of negotiation.</p><p>Schumer, a Democrat, says the bill is especially good for small dairy farmers and maple sugar tappers in New York.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:33:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50539 at http://wrvo.org Schumer says Farm Bill deal good for New York farmers Farmers express concern about immigration policies, lack of Farm Bill http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-express-concern-about-immigration-policies-lack-farm-bill <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:06:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50243 at http://wrvo.org Farmers express concern about immigration policies, lack of Farm Bill 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 Hard cider industry on tap to become next local food craze http://wrvo.org/post/hard-cider-industry-tap-become-next-local-food-craze <p>As families all over New York State enjoy holiday celebrations, sweet and hard ciders will undoubtedly be on the menu at many gatherings. The industry has expanded in recent years, and in New York, recent legislation could take the hard cider industry to greater heights.<br /><br />On a brisk fall Friday morning in Utica, the Nail Creek Pub has just opened for business. As the lunch crowd files in, they’ll have their choice of craft beers from New York state, but another product produced in their own backyard is beginning to make a splash. Just ask pub owner Chris Talgo.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:34:00 +0000 Ray Biggs 48987 at http://wrvo.org 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 Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market http://wrvo.org/post/auburn-milk-plant-hopes-capitalize-export-market <p></p><p>A new dairy processing facility under construction in Cayuga County plans to make most of its money on the export market and its owners are hoping trade rule changes don’t hinder that.</p><p>An $80 million dairy facility going up in Auburn plans to sell powdered milk to countries in Asia and North Africa, but current trade rules with some of those countries could make exporting their products difficult.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:36:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48139 at http://wrvo.org Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market Farmers say mounting state and federal paperwork is hurting business http://wrvo.org/post/farmers-say-mounting-state-and-federal-paperwork-hurting-business <p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:25:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48112 at http://wrvo.org Farmers say mounting state and federal paperwork is hurting business Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-pushes-end-ban-usps-shipping-alcohol <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer says lifting a ban on the U.S. Postal Service shipping alcohol will help both the struggling postal carrier and New York’s growing beer and wine industry.</p><p>Private carriers like UPS and Fed-Ex can deliver mail-order alcohol. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, is pushing for the USPS to be able to do the same. The ban against it transporting alcohol dates back to Prohibition.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:57:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46405 at http://wrvo.org Schumer pushes for end to ban on USPS shipping alcohol Three Finger Lakes wineries join forces to promote international sales http://wrvo.org/post/three-finger-lakes-wineries-join-forces-promote-international-sales <p></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 45614 at http://wrvo.org Three Finger Lakes wineries join forces to promote international sales Farm Bill expiration worries New York's farmers http://wrvo.org/post/farm-bill-expiration-worries-new-yorks-farmers <p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:29:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45040 at http://wrvo.org Farm Bill expiration worries New York's farmers North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-farmers-tell-lawmakers-regs-too-big-burden <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Farmers and agricultural industry leaders in the North Country had the ears of state lawmakers yesterday in Watertown. The forum, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie, was one of 10 being held throughout the state on the topic of regulatory reform in a variety of industries.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:09:50 +0000 Joanna Richards 44432 at http://wrvo.org North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom http://wrvo.org/post/can-new-yorks-cows-keep-demand-greek-yogurt Upstate New York has lugged around the Rust Belt identity for decades now. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:12:27 +0000 editor 43577 at http://wrvo.org New York's Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Greek Yogurt Boom NY State Fair offers visitors the chance to see a calf be born http://wrvo.org/post/ny-state-fair-offers-visitors-chance-see-calf-be-born <p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:24:19 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43434 at http://wrvo.org NY State Fair offers visitors the chance to see a calf be born How do you like them apples? http://wrvo.org/post/how-do-you-them-apples <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></p><p>After more than a decade of development, Cornell University has introduced two new apple varieties to upstate New York.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:11:33 +0000 Kate O'Connell 42039 at http://wrvo.org How do you like them apples? 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 Binghamton urban farmers ask city for laws to ease expansion http://wrvo.org/post/binghamton-urban-farmers-ask-city-laws-ease-expansion <p>Johan Jelsma is taking me on a tour of his garden on the West Side of Binghamton. He rattles off the names of plants in just one small patch of his yard:</p><p>“Eggplants, Brussels sprouts, a little bit of remnants of peas left and cucumber, melon.”</p><p>Jelsma's entire yard is taken over by a garden of vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. He says some passersby describe it as the wild yard.</p><p>“I didn’t like grass per se. I mean I like laying on it, I like running but I definitely don’t enjoy mowing.”</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:09:49 +0000 Matt Richmond 41145 at http://wrvo.org Binghamton urban farmers ask city for laws to ease expansion 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 Ain't it sweet: New York maple syrup production on the rise http://wrvo.org/post/aint-it-sweet-new-york-maple-syrup-production-rise <p>Think pancakes, think sweet and golden; think economic development.</p><p>New York state’s maple syrup production surged this year, rising nearly 60 percent after a slow crop in 2012.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says&nbsp;production&nbsp;was boosted from 360,000 to 574,000 gallons in the 2013 season.</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:19:10 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39925 at http://wrvo.org Ain't it sweet: New York maple syrup production on the rise Assembly passes caps to lower taxes on farmers http://wrvo.org/post/assembly-passes-caps-lower-taxes-farmers <p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:29:55 +0000 Julie Alderman 39823 at http://wrvo.org Amendment to Farm Bill could help boost upstate milk production http://wrvo.org/post/amendment-farm-bill-could-help-boost-upstate-milk-production <p>The five year Farm Bill, likely to pass a vote in the U.S. Senate next Monday, includes an amendment from New York Sen. Charles Schumer that attempts to address rising demand for milk.</p><p>Schumer says the amendment could help New York’s dairy farmers supply a fast-growing yogurt industry.</p><p>It would create a $5 million pilot program aimed at helping small dairy farms access technical help for &nbsp;things like animal nutrition and business planning.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:31:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39113 at http://wrvo.org Amendment to Farm Bill could help boost upstate milk production