Agriculture

New York News
7:56 am
Sat March 28, 2015

166-Acre Farm Preserved In Saratoga Springs

Credit Saratoga PLAN

Saratoga PLAN announced Friday that the 166-Acre Pitney Farm, one of the last remaining in Saratoga Springs, will be preserved.

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Hudson Valley News
7:46 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Dutchess Has New Agriculture And Farmland Protection Law

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro signs Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan into law.
Credit Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

An updated plan to protect agriculture and farmland in Dutchess County is now law.

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New York News
5:55 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Farm Bureau Cautions Against Minimum Wage Increases

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The New York Farm Bureau is concerned about what impact January’s minimum wage increase and proposed new hikes would have on the state’s agricultural sector.

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The Roundtable
10:48 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Woodstock Film Festival Screening Of 'Food Chains'

  

In Sanjay Rawal’s documentary film, Food Chains, a group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the global supermarket industry through their Fair Food program, which partners growers and retailers to improve conditions for farm laborers in the U.S.

The Woodstock Film Festival will present a screening of Food Chains this coming Saturday, March 21 at 1:30pm at Upstate Films in Woodstock, NY.

There will be a panel discussion following the screening with Director Sanjay Rawal, Bob Dandrew from the Local Economies Project, Ric Orlando of New Home World Cooking, and Heriberto Gonzalez from the Rural & Migrant Ministry.

We are joined by filmmaker Sanjay Rawal and Cultural Arts activist and promoter, Laurie Ylvisaker.

New York News
12:45 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Report Assesses Agricultural Economic Impact

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released a report showing that agriculture contributed $37.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over five years.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Agriculture Commissioner Discusses $20 Million Farmland Budget

Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball.
Credit www.agriculture.ny.gov

When people think business in New York, they may think Wall Street or corporations such as General Electric and IBM, but farming is a major economic engine in the state. New York’s Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball is in the Hudson Valley today, in Kingston at the Farm to Table Co-Packers, to promote a $20 million provision in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget to protect farmland in the Hudson Valley. Ball says the major threat to farms in the Hudson Valley is commercial and residential development.

New York News
6:30 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

NY Apple And Grape Production Remain High

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Farmers and industry figures are welcoming news this week that New York is again the nation's second largest producer of apples and the third largest producer of grapes. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more on the statistics released by the Cuomo administration.

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Hudson Valley News
2:46 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Groups Protect Farmland In Columbia County

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Environmental and land conservation groups have protected more than 180 acres of farmland in Columbia County.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Farm Bureau Discusses Legislative Priorities

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

At the same time the Assembly treads water as majority Democrats decide the future of the speakership, the New York State Farm Bureau outlined its legislative priorities for the year during a conference call this morning.

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The Roundtable
10:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Renegade Farmers And The Future of Food In America

  The story of the Lentil Underground begins on a 280-acre homestead rooted in America’s Great Plains: the Oien family farm. Forty years ago, corporate agribusiness told small farmers like the Oiens to “get big or get out.” But twenty-seven-year-old David Oien decided to take a stand, becoming the first in his conservative Montana county to plant a radically different crop: organic lentils. Unlike the chemically dependent grains American farmers had been told to grow, lentils make their own fertilizer and tolerate variable climate conditions, so their farmers aren’t beholden to industrial methods.

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