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New York News
5:19 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Reps. Tonko And Owens Talk Agriculture At USDA Roundtable

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a NY Rural Roundtable Summit at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The first of three to be held in Eastern New York, the summit brought together small business owners, farmers, and other community advocates to give participants a chance to learn about government programs and grants, and other opportunities available to help strengthen rural communities.

Lee Telega, NY State Director for USDA, Rural Development, said the roundtables aim to spread information on a variety of programs to those in less accessible areas.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

U.S. Agriculture Census Shows More Farms In New England

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its preliminary 2012 census of U.S. agriculture. Taken every five years, the census released Thursday indicates that there are more farms in New England.

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Hudson Valley News
12:45 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Orange County Receives Farm-To-School Grant

A New York congressman and a county executive say federal money will help schools purchase local produce.

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New York News
7:54 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Schumer: Feds work to bring Greek yogurt to school

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Schumer last summer asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to modify the federal school lunch program to incorporate Greek yogurt as a high-protein meat alternative. USDA officials told Schumer this week that they are starting a pilot program that could lead to more Greek yogurt in schools as early as April.

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New York News
11:59 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Feds: Mixed report for 2012 NY berry harvests

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials say New York's strawberry crop took a hit last year, but blueberry production was up.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says strawberry production dropped to 3.2 million pounds, down 11 percent from 2011. Many farms reported shortened seasons because of a snap of cold weather that generally hit early crops around the state.

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Niskayuna
11:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Upstate NY school district leaves lunch program

School lunch staff and students enjoy the new school lunch menu created to meet the new standards at the Yorkshire Elementary School in Manassas, VA on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.
Credit Lance Cheung / U.S. Department of Agriculture

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York school district is opting out of the National School Lunch Program as students throw out fruits and vegetables required under new nutritional guidelines.

The Niskayuna Central School District near Albany plans to opt out April 1. Officials in the suburban district say the number of students buying lunch dropped significantly this year and the program is running a $70,000 deficit.

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New York News
8:04 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Good start lets NY crops ward off drought in 2012

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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.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Senators Request Review of Dairy Pricing System

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is joining his colleagues from Maine, New York and Minnesota in calling for a review of federal dairy price supports.

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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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