farmers http://wamc.org en Senator to seek funding for local hops-growing http://wamc.org/post/senator-seek-funding-local-hops-growing <p>LAGRANGEVILLE – Standing outside one of the hops drying houses at Eastern View Farms &amp; Dutchess Hops in Lagrangeville on Monday, US Senator Charles Schumer pledged to work with the US Small Business Administration and Department of Agriculture to get funding for local farmers to grow hops and buy equipment.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Hank Gross 60697 at http://wamc.org Senator to seek funding for local hops-growing Congressman's First Bill Aims to Protect Farmers http://wamc.org/post/congressmans-first-bill-aims-protect-farmers <p>A Congressman from New York’s Hudson Valley is introducing his first bill, and it has to do with agriculture.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:07:26 +0000 Allison Dunne 60161 at http://wamc.org Congressman's First Bill Aims to Protect Farmers Congressman Maloney is Assigned to Another Committee http://wamc.org/post/congressman-maloney-assigned-another-committee <p>Hudson Valley-area Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has received his second committee assignment for the 113th Congress. Maloney represents the 18<sup>th</sup> congressional district, and his latest assignment is to serve on the House Agriculture Committee.&nbsp; The Democrat says he wanted the assignment because Hudson Valley farmers create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity for his region. He said he looks forward to working across the aisle to ensure that Congress passes a Farm Bill that protects family farms in the Hudson Valley and continues to fund agricultural disaster-relief programs.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:51:57 +0000 Allison Dunne 55256 at http://wamc.org Congressman Maloney is Assigned to Another Committee Bet the Farm at Verdigris Tea http://wamc.org/post/bet-farm-verdigris-tea <p>In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world's population, yet more people starved than ever before—and most of them were farmers.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 51690 at http://wamc.org Bet the Farm at Verdigris Tea Apple Drought http://wamc.org/post/apple-drought <div><p>The cherished autumn tradition of Apple Picking is off to an early start in the Northeast as growers deal with aftershocks from wacky spring weather that hammered fruit crops - three state Assemblymen are calling&nbsp; for a special session of the Legislature to pass a tax relief bill for New York’s apple farmers.</p><p>Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:18:56 +0000 Dave Lucas 45755 at http://wamc.org Apple Drought NY Says Apple Crop is Hurt, Aid Sought for Farmers http://wamc.org/post/ny-says-apple-crop-hurt-aid-sought-farmers <p>New York legislators say the state&#39;s important apple crop took a beating this spring.</p><p>Lawmakers are proposing the Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act. They say apple growers have lost as much as 75 percent of this year&#39;s crop, a major commodity in New York.</p><p>Assemblymen Jim Tedisco, George Amedore and Pete Lopez are joining in the measure with Senators Hugh Farley and Patty Ritchie, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.</p><p>The Republicans say New York is the second largest apple growing state with 694 farms that employ more than 10,000 people.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:04:28 +0000 40351 at http://wamc.org NY Says Apple Crop is Hurt, Aid Sought for Farmers For NY Farmers, Fracking Means Salvation — Or Ruin http://wamc.org/post/ny-farmers-fracking-means-salvation-or-ruin <p>Some New York farmers look across the Susquehanna River, see the flares of Pennsylvania gas wells and think of the money they&#39;re losing as heated debate keeps hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, out of New York.</p><p>Others worry that the natural gas drilling process that blasts wells with chemical-laced water could ruin rich farmlands and dramatically harm growers.</p><p>New York state has blocked Marcellus Shale gas development for four years while it completes an environmental review. Meanwhile, thousands of wells have gone into production in Pennsylvania.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 11:54:09 +0000 39407 at http://wamc.org For NY Farmers, Fracking Means Salvation — Or Ruin Early Start and End to MA Asparagus Season? http://wamc.org/post/early-start-and-end-ma-asparagus-season <p>The warm March brought an early asparagus crop to farms that are known for it in western Massachusetts.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>Now farmers are wondering if the cool spring will bring an early end to the season.</p><p>Sunderland farmer Michael Wisserman tells The Republican of Springfield he wasn&#39;t fooled when the temperature hit the 80s in March. He knew cool weather was coming.</p><p>So even though he was harvesting in April, a full month earlier than normal, now he wonders if the season can last its usual length, into late June.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 11:55:10 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 38903 at http://wamc.org Early Start and End to MA Asparagus Season? VT Farmers to Get Funds for Pollution Control http://wamc.org/post/vt-farmers-get-funds-pollution-control <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $1 million available this summer to some Vermont farmers as part of a program aimed at reducing pollution in streams.</p><p>The farmers are in the Missisquoi River watershed. A recent study has identified farm fields in the area as being at the highest risk of polluting nearby streams.</p><p>The federal government says it will pay some farmers 100 percent of the cost of making changes to the way they manage their fields.</p><p>One round of grant applications is due May 18; a second round is due June 15.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 12:06:31 +0000 38594 at http://wamc.org VT Farmers to Get Funds for Pollution Control