The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain in late summer and early fall of 2012 helped save crops in most of the state.
The USDA says production of grain corn, soybeans, wheat and oat crops all increased from the previous year. Soybeans were estimated at a record high 14.4 million bushels, 20 percent more than was harvested in 2011.
FULTON, N.Y. (AP) — A company that has purchased the closed Birds Eye plant in central New York plans to open a food-processing facility that will employ 183 people.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/TTWWn5 ) that the plant was purchased last week by a real estate holding company. New York is giving the company up to $1 million in Excelsior tax credits in exchange for a commitment to create 183 jobs.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — State police, the Thruway Authority and towing companies are reminding motorists in New York about the law that requires drivers to change lanes or slow down when approaching roadside vehicles with flashing lights.
They're holding a news conference Friday morning at the state police Thruway barracks in Cheektowaga to publicize the state's "move over" law.
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.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and challenger Wendy Long traded barbs over taxes, abortion and the economy in a sometimes contentious debate.
The two Senate candidates faced off at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday evening.
Democrat Gillibrand is a heavy favorite in her bid to be re-elected to the seat she was appointed to in 2009 after Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of state. Gillibrand won the election to finish the last two years of Clinton's term in 2010.
Republican Long is a New York City attorney making her first run for elected office.
Republican New York Congressman Chris Gibson faced off against his Democratic opponent Julian Schreibman last night in the first of three scheduled debates in the race for the state’s newly formed 19th Congressional District.