Agriculture http://wrvo.org en 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 Supporters push for GMO labeling bill http://wrvo.org/post/supporters-push-gmo-labeling-bill <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:30:34 +0000 Karen DeWitt 51148 at http://wrvo.org 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 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 Local food craze hits booze market, too http://wrvo.org/post/local-food-craze-hits-booze-market-too <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">The local food trend in the North Country is starting to fill a new niche: alcoholic beverages. And not only are brewers and winemakers crafting their products there, but they're also taking advantage of the rural region to double the local appeal, with homegrown ingredients. Several of these businesses just opened in Jefferson County.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:10:05 +0000 Joanna Richards 46303 at http://wrvo.org Local food craze hits booze market, too Syracuse dairy co-op plans merger with national operation http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-dairy-co-op-plans-merger-national-operation <p>A Northeast dairy cooperative headquartered in Syracuse plans to merge with a larger national operation from Missouri.</p><p>Century-old Dairylea told members at its annual meetings this week of its plan to merge with Dairy Farmers of America. Dairylea has been a partner organization since 2002.</p><p>The move, pending approval from members, will better position its farmers for the future, Dairylea spokeswoman Karen Cartier said.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:46:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45787 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse dairy co-op plans merger with national operation New work space fills gap for small food producers http://wrvo.org/post/new-work-space-fills-gap-small-food-producers-0 <p></p><p>A new commercial kitchen in Sackets Harbor is starting to help small food producers grow their businesses. The shared-use facility is the first of its kind in Jefferson County.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a dining room full of chattering officials from local government, agriculture and economic development, people dug into the first products of the new kitchen: Christine Hoffman&#39;s pepper jelly and fruit jam.</span></p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:54:41 +0000 Joanna Richards 44727 at http://wrvo.org New work space fills gap for small food producers Research examines links between runoff and phosphorus pollution http://wrvo.org/post/research-examines-links-between-runoff-and-phosphorus-pollution <p></p><p>Farmers in the Champlain Valley often use tile drains in their fields. They help the region’s clay soil drain faster and produce higher crop yields. But for years, Lake Champlain has had high levels of phosphorus pollution, which can result in toxic blue-green algae blooms, and farm runoff is one of the primary contributors.</p><p>Now scientists are trying to figure out whether there’s a link between tile drainage and phosphorus pollution.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:54:05 +0000 Sarah Harris 42563 at http://wrvo.org Research examines links between runoff and phosphorus pollution New York in the World: an old economic engine is new again http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-world-old-economic-engine-new-again <p></p><p>Back in the 1930s, when Finger Lakes resident Carl Mortensen was a kid, agriculture was his small town’s link to the rest of the state.</p><p>“New York City was full of horses,” Mortensen said. “They used horses for everything. And our big thing then was to put up oats, straw and hay and like that and ship it to New York City.”</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 42904 at http://wrvo.org New York in the World: an old economic engine is new again Lt. Gov. Duffy officially opens New York State Fair http://wrvo.org/post/lt-gov-duffy-officially-opens-new-york-state-fair <p>Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy filled in for Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the official opening of the New York State Fair in Syracuse today.&nbsp; While Cuomo was hosting President Obama in Buffalo, Duffy was tasting New York state products in the new Taste New York Tent at the Fair.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 43044 at http://wrvo.org Lt. Gov. Duffy officially opens New York State Fair Craft distilleries make a comeback in upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/craft-distilleries-make-comeback-upstate-new-york <p>As people increasingly stray from mass-produced products, demand is growing for locally produced food, wine and beer. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:31:56 +0000 Kate O'Connell 41953 at http://wrvo.org Craft distilleries make a comeback in upstate New York 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 Protesters pressure Watertown Walmart on animal welfare http://wrvo.org/post/protesters-pressure-watertown-walmart-animal-welfare <p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 06:38:36 +0000 Joanna Richards 40757 at http://wrvo.org Protesters pressure Watertown Walmart on animal welfare A new age of cheese for upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/new-age-cheese-upstate-new-york <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>It’s soft, stinky and delicious, and it’s an opportunity for economic development.</p><p>Upstate New York looks ready to usher in a new era of cheese production. A partnership between supermarket chain Wegmans Food Markets and Cornell University hopes to make the region a leader in the artisanal cheese industry.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:16:33 +0000 Kate O'Connell 40212 at http://wrvo.org A new age of cheese for upstate New York 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 Ag advocates applaud movement on tighter farmland assessment cap http://wrvo.org/post/ag-advocates-applaud-movement-tighter-farmland-assessment-cap <p>Agriculture advocates are welcoming progress on state legislation that would slow rising property taxes for farmers. The Senate passed a bill last week that tightens the cap on farmland assessment increases. Yesterday, that measure also passed out of the Assembly's Agriculture Committee.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:50:50 +0000 Joanna Richards 38986 at http://wrvo.org Ag advocates applaud movement on tighter farmland assessment cap Byrne Dairy expanding one of its Syracuse-area plants http://wrvo.org/post/byrne-dairy-expanding-one-its-syracuse-area-plants <p>An increased demand for long-lasting dairy products has prompted Byrne Dairy to expand one of its three dairy processing facilities in the Syracuse area.</p><p>Byrne Dairy-owned Ultra Dairy wants to add about 100,000 square feet to its plant along Interstate 481 in DeWitt. The company says the expansion will allow them to add about 50 more jobs at the plant.</p><p>Ultra Dairy uses a more sterilized pasteurization process that allows products to have a shelf life of up to 140 days. The plant hasn't been able to keep up with orders lately, it told county economic development officials.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:30:32 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38944 at http://wrvo.org Byrne Dairy expanding one of its Syracuse-area plants Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options http://wrvo.org/post/farming-or-high-tech-park-one-community-weighs-options <p>The quiet western New York farming community of Alabama sits among acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park, known as STAMP. The high-tech park has also been the subject of some public scrutiny, as Genesee county rates highly amongst top agricultural producers in the state. The project is also an example of when the values of agricultural communities are starting to rub up against an upstate development agenda focused around high-tech manufacturing.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 13:01:33 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38501 at http://wrvo.org Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options Looking for healthy food choices at farmers markets http://wrvo.org/post/looking-healthy-food-choices-farmers-markets <p>As more and more people become interested in trying to eat locally produced foods, New York state's farmers markets are also becoming more popular. But how can you make sure what you buy at the farmers market is really healthier than what you might get at the supermarket? Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" asked Ben Vitale, who oversees the Central New York Regional Market Authority, a year-round farmers market in Syracuse. Vitale is also a farmer himself. Fri, 24 May 2013 09:42:00 +0000 WRVO News 38340 at http://wrvo.org Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers http://wrvo.org/post/vermont-grants-drivers-licenses-migrant-workers <p>Dairy farms in northern New York and Vermont have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows. But farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally. Mon, 13 May 2013 13:16:05 +0000 Sarah Harris 37715 at http://wrvo.org Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand http://wrvo.org/post/national-grid-power-upgrade-grant-helps-jefferson-county-dairy-farm-expand <p></p><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 8px; margin-right: 8px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-left: 8px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: normal; "><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">A Tylerville dairy farm, in Jefferson County, is growing, in part thanks to help from National Grid. The company awarded the farm a grant of $50,000 to increase its access to electricity. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 11:11:36 +0000 Joanna Richards 37269 at http://wrvo.org National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand Ammonium nitrate storage closely regulated in New York http://wrvo.org/post/ammonium-nitrate-storage-closely-regulated-new-york <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The chemical responsible for the death of 14 people and injury of over 200 in West, Texas, is in wide use. Leaving many upstate New Yorkers wondering how ammonium nitrate is regulated in New York state.</span> Wed, 01 May 2013 11:10:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 37051 at http://wrvo.org State approves funding for upstate food and agriculture projects http://wrvo.org/post/state-approves-funding-upstate-food-and-agriculture-projects <p><a href="http://esd.ny.gov/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Empire State Development approved funding</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.</span> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:48:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 36951 at http://wrvo.org State approves funding for upstate food and agriculture projects 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 Small businesses push for further reform in New York state, including immigration http://wrvo.org/post/small-businesses-push-further-reform-new-york-state-including-immigration <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>Small businesses from around the state took their concerns to legislators in Albany Wednesday. The message from leaders in the agricultural industry particularly highlighted the need for reforms to support small farms, and boost local economies upstate. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:50:09 +0000 Kate O'Connell 36457 at http://wrvo.org Small businesses push for further reform in New York state, including immigration Taste-NY program dropped from state budget http://wrvo.org/post/taste-ny-program-dropped-state-budget <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">Funding for a program to promote locally grown produce through a network of duty-free stores across New York has been axed from the final version of the state's budget.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:28:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 35576 at http://wrvo.org Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'? http://wrvo.org/post/it-worth-doing-leg-work-track-food-miles <p>Here's a catchphrase someone who's been to a farmer's market is probably familiar with: "buy local." And for those who try and follow the mantra closely, you may also be familiar with "food miles," the notion of counting how far your strawberries traveled to land on top of your bowl of Cheerios. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:15:30 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35484 at http://wrvo.org Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'? Demand for community gardens growing http://wrvo.org/post/demand-community-gardens-growing <p>The organization that supports community gardens in the city of Syracuse is growing, particularly in the city's immigrant community. Syracuse Grows is going into it's sixth year with an eye on the Northside. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:01:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 35293 at http://wrvo.org Demand for community gardens growing Finger Lakes wines faring well in competitions http://wrvo.org/post/finger-lakes-wines-faring-well-competitions <p>It’s wine competition season, a time of year when judges offer their opinions at dozens of events around the world. New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s Jim Trezise was at an event in Sonoma to see how Finger Lakes wines have been faring. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:16:35 +0000 Sidsel Overgaard 33352 at http://wrvo.org Finger Lakes wines faring well in competitions