Agriculture

9:15am

Fri March 29, 2013
Food

Is it worth doing the leg work to track 'food miles'?

Some scientists argue counting food miles isn't the thing to focus on when measuring sustainable eating.
urban sea star via Flickr

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.

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9:01am

Tue March 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

Demand for community gardens growing

Syracuse Grows

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.

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9:16am

Thu February 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Finger Lakes wines faring well in competitions

Fred Chiang Flickr

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.

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4:22pm

Thu January 31, 2013
The Upstate Economy

NY's wine industry looking for a few good sommeliers

baristaj9 Flickr

Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent zest for upstate beer and wine, some industry leaders think his plan has a missing link. Thy say the lack of wine experts known as Master Sommeliers in the upstate region could be a road-block to the sector reaching its full potential and bringing with it growth in tourism.

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4:09pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

NY Farm Bureau hopeful on immigration reform

Doug Kerr Flickr

The New York Farm Bureau is optimistic following news that Congress is working to pass new immigration reforms. The bureau, a lobbying group, says it was very excited to hear the proposals made by a bipartisan group of senators and by President Barack Obama this week.

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4:39am

Wed January 30, 2013
Politics and Government

Hanna in favor of immigration reform

Utica-area Rep. Richard Hanna is one Republican who expects to be on board with any immigration reform that is being proposed in Washington currently. The 22nd Congressional District representative says it's an important issue in a region where agriculture is key.

Hanna says he's heard about the labor crisis facing the dairy industry ever since he came into office. Farmers tell him they can't find enough documented employees to work the farm.

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10:45am

Tue January 29, 2013
Agriculture

State budget puts more focus on agriculture

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.

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4:18pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Upstate tourism industry welcomes promotional funding in proposed state budget

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council

Tourism professionals in upstate New York are applauding Gov. Andrews Cuomo’s commitment to the region. In order to augment upstate economic growth, the governor has set aside $7 million in the budget for promotion and marketing initiatives.

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6:19am

Sun January 13, 2013
Environment

Madison County recycling agriculture plastics

Rich Carrier with plastics to be recycled on his family farm in Madison County
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Madison County hopes to become a hub for the recycling of agricultural plastics.  It's a waste that's created on farms that's been a problem for years.

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4:51pm

Mon November 12, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Byrne Dairy to join growing NY yogurt industry

Anthony Albright Flickr

The yogurt industry in upstate New York is getting attention as a bright spot in the region's lackluster economy. Now, Byrne Dairy is will be joining other companies in this growing agribusiness.

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4:55pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Buerkle hopes for a farm bill extension

Central New York Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is concerned that the House of Representatives has not yet passed a farm bill. The current one is scheduled to expire September 30, but Congress is scheduled to finish its work this week and passage of a farm bill does not look likely.

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8:38am

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Agriculture still big business in New York state

Butter from Ronnybrook Farm in Ancramdale, New York.
Garrett Ziegler Flickr

Farms still drive New York state's economy, according to a report from the New York State Comptroller's office, which outlines just how important agriculture is to the state's economy.

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7:00am

Tue August 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Local food economy overcomes obstacles

Matt Volz, owner of Greyrock Farm, near Cazenovia, shows off one of his farm's meat chickens.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

Recently, local food has been turning up on more grocery store shelves and restaurants in upstate New York. But the local food economy still faces challenges to bringing agricultural products from farm to table.

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9:08am

Mon August 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

New pavilion part of downtown Watertown's revitalization

Shoppers and vendors shelter from the sun under a new pavilion at the Saturday Farmers Market in Watertown.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

The city of Watertown has built a new pavilion as part of its downtown revitalization project. It's meant to house outdoor activities, including the Saturday farmers market. The farmers market held an appreciation ceremony to thank the city on Saturday.

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4:55pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Politics and Government

State assemblymen push for legislation to help apple growers

msr Flickr

The cherished autumn tradition of apple picking is off to an early start in the Northeast as growers deal with aftershocks from bizarre spring weather that took a toll on fruit crops.

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9:37am

Fri August 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Restaurants are serving up more fresh, local ingredients

A cook makes a local, grass-fed beef burger at The Hops Spot in Sackets Harbor, in Jefferson County.
Joanna Richards WRVO

It's a busy Sunday morning at Empire Brewing Company in Syracuse. Behind the line, cooks shout brunch orders and the dining area is filling up with customers. A blues band is setting up for a set, a weekly tradition here.

Company president David Katleski sits in a big booth near the kitchen. The sounds are like any other busy restaurant, but there's something different going on here.

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11:00am

Thu August 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Retail stores offering more food from local producers

An in-store display at Wegman's in Liverpool showcases locally-grown produce.

As fast as veggies are popping up in the garden, local foods are showing up on grocery store shelves throughout northern New York.

A new food co-op recently opened in Clayton, in Jefferson County, that showcases locally-sourced vegetables and other products, but big grocery chains like Hannaford and Wegman's are getting in on the trend, too, adding more of the region's products to store shelves.

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9:30am

Thu August 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Yogurt summit results in regulation change

Karen Dewitt WRVO

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is loosening some environmental regulations so that dairy farmers can more easily own more cows. The news came at the first ever yogurt summit convened by Cuomo at the state Capitol.

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4:21pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Dry weather threatens hay, corn crops

The hot, dry weather is taking a toll on crops in the region. Scattered heavy rains have brought some relief to some areas, but overall, production of field crops like hay and corn is suffering. In the North Country, it's been decades since the area experienced a summer so dry.

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9:17am

Tue July 17, 2012
Regional Coverage

Central NY farmers worry about dry weather

Ellen Abbott WRVO

New York isn't officially in a drought, but it's certainly been a dry summer so far in upstate New York.  Farmers aren't pushing the panic button just yet, but they are watching the skies.

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7:00am

Sat June 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

Army worms invade Jefferson County farms

Michael Hunter, of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Ron Robbins, owner of Robbins Family Grain and partner in Old McDonald's Farm, inspect army worms they found in a wheat field on Robbins' property.

A pest has invaded farm fields throughout Jefferson County. Army worms – actually caterpillars that transform into moths – migrate up from the south every year to Northern New York. But this year a major outbreak of the worms is causing a widespread threat to crops, and big financial losses to some farmers. 

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2:38pm

Wed June 27, 2012
-Nature of Things

On Hayfields... Past, Present and Future

John Weeks reflects on how hayfields have changed since his youth on the family farm. While the technology of haying has evolved dramatically, hayfields still serve as a home for a wide variety of wildlife.

Originally aired on June 17, 1988.

12:37pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Regional Coverage

How odd weather is hurting New York fruit growers

An early warm spell this year led to early buds. A severe cold snap followed shortly thereafter. On the heels of a freak snowstorm, upstate fruit growers are now waiting to find out how much damage has been done.
Matt Richmond WSKG

The apple crop in New York is the second-largest in the country, behind only Washington State. Cherries, peaches, apricots and grapes are also big business in New York.

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7:15am

Fri October 7, 2011
Regional Coverage

Beak and Skiff apple farm celebrates 100th anniversary

The Beak and Skiff apple farm hosts the LaFayette Apple Festival this weekend. The farm is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  WRVO's Kate Percival took her 10-year-old son on a field trip to the farm, and spoke with Steve Morse about what's changed, and what's remained the same, in the past century.

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