Agriculture

New York News
2:40 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

In New York, More Local Ingredients Make More Local Beer

Picking hops on the Garrison farm.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

On a September evening, Greg Garrison and his family are preparing to pick the last of their first harvest of hops at their farm in Ballston, New York. After pulling the load of bines off the back of a truck, the hops are loaded onto an angled table.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Report Spells Out Importance of Passing Farm Bill

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The White House Rural Council has released a report that outlines the need for Congressional passage of the Farm Bill.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Saratoga PLAN’s Feast of the Fields


Feast of the Fields takes place this Thursday, September 19th, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club to benefit Saratoga PLAN.  


Continuing its eight-year tradition, Feast of the Fields pairs area restaurants and farms, in an effort to promote sustainable agriculture, support the regional economy, and provide greater awareness of conserving regional farms and the importance of buying and eating local. For the sixth straight year, Feast of the Fields will be set amid the beautiful grounds of Saratoga National Golf Club with spectacular views of 135 acres of forest and wetlands protected through a conservation easement held by Saratoga PLAN.


To tell us more, Saratoga PLAN Executive director Maria Trabka joins us with two farmers participating in the Feast of the Fields: Jan King of Kings Ransom Farm and King Brothers Dairy, and Joshua Rockwood of West Wind Acres.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper

    Summer is wrapping up, and the season is inching toward fall and harvest time. Which means - it is also time for the annual benefit for Berkshire Grown on Monday September 16th at 6:30 pm at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.

The Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper features delicious dishes prepared by local Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction and a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to Berkshire Grown member stores and restaurants.

To tell us more – we welcome: Daire Rooney, Chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar; Ted Dobson, farmer at Equinox Farm; Laura Meister, farmer at Farm Girl Farm; and Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown.

The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

"The American Way of Eating" by Tracie McMillan

  When journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each.

Her book is The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.

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North Country News
1:30 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Farmers Question FDA Officials on Proposed Food Safety Rules

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Food and Drug Administration officials heard from hundreds of farmers from Vermont and New Hampshire during a listening session earlier this week on new food safety rules under consideration by the federal agency.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Susan Werner: Writing Music Where She Was Planted

    "Susan Werner [is] a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, [she] brings literacy and wit back to popular song." according to The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune called her "One of the most innovative songwriters working today."

Her recent album, Hayseed, is a tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots.

She will be performing this Thursday night at Joe’s Pub in New York City and then will play on Friday and Saturday at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, NY.

New England News
7:00 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Excessive Rain Impacting Farm And Garden Crops

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Incessant rain over the past few weeks has saturated farm fields and garden plots.

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New England News
5:26 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces Grants To Local Farms

Kosinski Farms in Westfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited a third generation family farm in western Massachusetts  to announce a new round of grants to help sustain farm operations across the commonwealth.

   Governor Patrick announced grants totaling $700,000 to 11 different farms including vegetable farms, livestock operations, a cranberry farm and a goat dairy.  The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, will be used for infrastructure improvements such as new greenhouses and barns or to purchase energy- efficient equipment.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Farm Bill Moves Out of Committee, Regional Interests Want Floor Vote

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee late Wednesday night approved the Farm Bill, moving it to the full House for consideration.

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