innovating agriculture http://wrvo.org en Upstate farmers get innovative to access major food markets http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-farmers-get-innovative-access-major-food-markets <p>Most of the time, Eric Andrus is a beef and rice farmer. But lately, he’s learning to be a boat builder. On this day, he’s in the barn, sanding the hull of a big wooden barge.</p><p>“We’re about to apply the second layer of plywood,”&nbsp;Andrus&nbsp;says.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:09:30 +0000 Sarah Harris 38383 at http://wrvo.org Upstate farmers get innovative to access major food markets 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