Agriculture http://wamc.org en Key Part Of Community, 4-H Readies For Busy Fair Season http://wamc.org/post/key-part-community-4-h-readies-busy-fair-season <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With both the </span>Dutchess<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Fair and the New York State Fair preparing to open their doors, many young people are gearing up for the rides, games, and food. But some have much more to do. The young members of the organization 4-H are busy preparing their animals and projects for presentation across the country. For people involved in 4-H activities, the organization is an important part of the community. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Aubrey Mulvey 97074 at http://wamc.org Key Part Of Community, 4-H Readies For Busy Fair Season Berkshire Grown Presents "Beyond Farm To Table: The Future Of Food" http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-grown-presents-beyond-farm-table-future-food <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On Monday, August 18th at 7pm at <a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org">The Mahaiwe</a> in Great Barrington, MA, <a href="http://www.berkshiregrown.org/">Berkshire Grown</a> presents <em>Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food Dan Barber in conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert</em>.</p><p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 96944 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Grown Presents "Beyond Farm To Table: The Future Of Food" Returning Veterans Turn To Agriculture http://wamc.org/post/returning-veterans-turn-agriculture <p> As veterans come home to New York from military service, many are considering careers in agriculture.</p><p></p><p>We've heard many stories about young vets returning from service, unable to find jobs, having difficulties re-adjusting to civilian life. Yet, there are many opportunities available: among them, programs accentuating farming in its various forms. Cornell University has developed a Small Farms Program to support returning veterans.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:51:16 +0000 Dave Lucas 95109 at http://wamc.org Returning Veterans Turn To Agriculture Farmers Fight EPA Over Proposed Water Rule http://wamc.org/post/farmers-fight-epa-over-proposed-water-rule <p>A federally proposed water rule has New York farmers and others around the nation up in arms. They see it as an attempt to regulate virtually all water, and warn if implemented, the measure will raise the phrase "red tape" to a whole new level.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 92970 at http://wamc.org Farmers Fight EPA Over Proposed Water Rule Farmers' Markets A Welcome Sight After Long Winter http://wamc.org/post/farmers-markets-welcome-sight-after-long-winter <p>After a long harsh winter, spring has arrived in the northeast, heralded by the return of farmers’ markets throughout the region.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts opened for a new season Tuesday afternoon with more than two dozen vendors and a steady stream of visitors.</p><p> Bill Malloy of Springfield bought basil and plants for his home garden.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> " It's just super. It&nbsp; really convinces you that spring is here. Everybody is having a good time and you get to buy food too."</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 89821 at http://wamc.org Farmers' Markets A Welcome Sight After Long Winter Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-grown-march-maple-dinner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.berkshiregrown.org">Berkshire Grown</a> supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape. They are the “go to” network linking farmers and the Berkshire community; through events, workshops, promotions, advocacy, and education highlighting locally grown and produced food.</span></p><p>This year’s Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner will take place on March 24 at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA. Area chefs will celebrate the first harvest of the season with a five-course dinner created using maple products from regional maple producers.</p><p>Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa&nbsp;Leab from <a href="http://www.iokavalleyfarm.com">Ioka Valley Farm</a>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 86272 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner "Pure And Modern Milk" By Kendra Smith-Howard http://wamc.org/post/pure-and-modern-milk-kendra-smith-howard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Kendra Smith-Howard’s new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Pure and Modern Milk</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, she tells the history of a nearly universal consumer product, and sheds light on America's food industry. Today, she notes, milk reaches supermarkets in an entirely different state than it had at its creation.</span></p><p>She examines the cultural, political, and social context, discussing the attempts to reform the production and distribution of this once-perilous product in the Progressive Era, the history of butter between the world wars, dairy waste at mid-century, and the postwar landscape of mass production.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86085 at http://wamc.org "Pure And Modern Milk" By Kendra Smith-Howard New Task Force And Legislation Focus On New York Agriculture http://wamc.org/post/new-task-force-and-legislation-focus-new-york-agriculture <p></p><p></p><p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has formed a new task force to strengthen agriculture in the state. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 85128 at http://wamc.org New Task Force And Legislation Focus On New York Agriculture Farm Bureau Discusses National Priorities http://wamc.org/post/farm-bureau-discusses-national-priorities <p></p><p></p><p>The New York Farm Bureau discussed its national agricultural priorities during a conference call Tuesday morning. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 84633 at http://wamc.org Farm Bureau Discusses National Priorities Farm Interests Relieved Farm Bill Passed http://wamc.org/post/farm-interests-relieved-farm-bill-passed <p></p><p></p><p>Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill last week and President Obama is expected to sign it into law on Friday. While farmers in the region say they did not get all they wanted in the bill, what passed is acceptable. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 83326 at http://wamc.org Farm Interests Relieved Farm Bill Passed