Agriculture

Saratoga PLAN

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

Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

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

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.

  

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.

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.

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.

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.

Groups Protect Farmland In Columbia County

Feb 16, 2015
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Environmental and land conservation groups have protected more than 180 acres of farmland in Columbia County.

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.

  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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