Agriculture

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Berkshire Grown March Maple Dinner

   Berkshire Grown 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.

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.

Here to tell us more about Barbara Zheutlin, the Executive Director of Berkshire Grown and Melissa Leab from Ioka Valley Farm.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue March 18, 2014

"Pure And Modern Milk" By Kendra Smith-Howard

  In Kendra Smith-Howard’s new book, Pure and Modern Milk, 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.

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.

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WAMC News
6:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Task Force And Legislation Focus On New York Agriculture

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has formed a new task force to strengthen agriculture in the state.

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North Country News
8:45 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Farm Bureau Discusses National Priorities

Credit New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau discussed its national agricultural priorities during a conference call Tuesday morning.

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New England News
4:05 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Farm Interests Relieved Farm Bill Passed

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

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.

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New England News
12:45 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Federal Farm Bill And State Agricultural Priorities Discussed By Farm Advocates

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

 

The New York Farm Bureau outlined its state priorities and discussed the just-passed federal Farm Bill during a conference call this morning.

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Hudson Valley News
10:57 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Orange County Officials Seek Public Input On Ag Plan

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In New York, Orange County officials want to know what the public thinks about a new agriculture plan.

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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.

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