Agriculture

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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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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.

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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.

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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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  Berkshire Grown will host its first Winter Farmers’ Markets on January 17 and February 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Monument Valley Middle School in Great Barrington, MA. These events are an extension of the organization’s Holiday Farmers’ Markets, which enjoyed record attendance this past November and December. These popular events feature locally grown and produced foods, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children, during months when most farmers’ markets are not open in the region.

Here to tell us more is Suzy Konecky who manages the creamery at Cricket Creek Farm – her job includes cheese production, inventory, marketing and sales.

Suburban Agriculture Bill Is Signed Into Law In NYS

Dec 5, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a suburban agriculture bill. A Hudson Valley lawmaker had sponsored the bill in the Assembly.

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  Agriculture is key to the Northeast’s economy.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that farmers face an important deadline this week.

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The heads of state agriculture departments around the country are meeting this week in Burlington for their annual conference. Their focus is advancing agricultural literacy.

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