Agriculture

WAMC News
6:20 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Farm and Forestry Interests to Seek Greater State Investment

Credit WAMC

A coalition of groups plans to lobby the Vermont Legislature in the upcoming session for additional funding for infrastructure investments in the state’s farm and forest sectors.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Concern and Frustration Mount Over Lack of Farm Bill Action in Washington

Credit WAMC

Frustration and concerns are growing in the agricultural community as the Farm Bill languishes in the U.S. House, and no action appears to be imminent.

The U.S. Farm Bill expires at the end of the year.  At that time, some programs will revert to previous funding levels and others will sunset. Some programs, like the Milk Income Loss Program - or MILC - a support program for dairy farmers, has already ended.  The Senate has passed the bill, but House leadership has not brought it to a floor vote.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Bet the Farm at Verdigris Tea

In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world's population, yet more people starved than ever before—and most of them were farmers.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Grants Help Massachusetts Farmers Save Energy

Recently, the Governor of Massachusetts announced 27 grants to benefit farmers across the Commonwealth, to assist in improving energy efficiency, and to implement renewable energy systems. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The grants totaling $325,000 are part of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ Agriculture Energy Grant Program. In the fifth year of the grant program, 27 farms from the Berkshires to Nantucket were awarded funding to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.

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The Roundtable
9:45 am
Fri September 14, 2012

The First Season screening at The Sharon Springs Harvest Festival

The Sharon Springs Harvest Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Sharon Springs, New York. The annual event, run by Beekman 1802, celebrates the magic of small town America with a Harvest Hop, a Harvest Feast, a Farmer’s Market and more!

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative

The USDA is helping fund an effort to get products from local farms into the kitchens of large institutions in the region, such as colleges and hospitals.  Officials say the demand for food from closer to home continues to grow, but the infrastructure to supply it has not kept up.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New College Solar Array Aims to Educate Students and Farmers About Alternative Energy

The array and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Secretary Chuck Ross and UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Tom Vogelmann.
Sally McCay, UVM Photo

A new solar installation at the University of Vermont is targeting not only powering part of the campus, but enhancing Vermont’s statewide agriculture sector.

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New York News
12:10 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Jim Allen - New York Apple Association

If you are hoping to go apple picking this fall, you may want to call ahead to make sure your favorite orchard is open.

As reported by the Times Union, some capital region orchards will not be open to those looking for ‘pick-your-own’ this year due to heavily reduced crop yields following unseasonable weather over the last six months.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Vermont Officials Highlight Agricultural Recovery Since Irene

WAMC

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and state officials were at a farm in Middlesex Wednesday morning to highlight agricultural and farm recovery, and continuing relief efforts, since Tropical Storm Irene hit the state nearly a year ago.

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WAMC News
4:46 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Regional Coalition Calls for Passage of Farm Bill

Great Lakes Farm Bill Report Cover
Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

The U.S. Farm Bill does more than fund agricultural programs.  It is also the source of money for the SNAP, or food stamp program, and is also the largest source of conservation funding in the federal budget. A coalition of groups from the Great Lakes region is calling on federal legislators to pass the Farm Bill.

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