agriculture

FREEIMAGES.COM/WILLIAM STADLER

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Despite or perhaps because of the unusually wet spring and some other factors, we could see a bumper crop of blueberries and apples this year. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A report released Thursday chronicles the issues facing undocumented workers at dairy farms across Upstate New York. The study contends that growth of the dairy industry in New York state in recent years has been achieved on the backs of immigrant farm workers who have few labor rights. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - This year’s soggy spring has farmers in central New York scrambling. Many farms are two weeks behind in their planting schedules. On a clear day, there’s quite a vista from farmer Dan Palladino’s hilltop farm in the town of Pompey. 

PA Lawmakers Hear The Plight Of Beekeepers

May 24, 2017
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

(Harrisburg) -- For years, beekeepers have been trying to raise the alarm on the declining population of bees, which play a big role in pollinating our crops. On Monday, Pennsylvania lawmakers on the Joint Legislation Conservation Committee heard testimony on the challenges facing beekeepers in the commonwealth. 

University of Pennsylvania

A program that assists farmers is facing an uncertain future. State budget proposals call for cutting funding for PennVet. Jonathan Martin runs Wheatland Dairy in Narvon, Lancaster County. He's got a small dairy operation -- about 70 cows. So last summer, when nearly every single one of them developed what's called milk fever, he was in panic mode.

Hopes High At NY Hemp Summit

Apr 19, 2017
ukagriculture / Flickr

 

The first New York State Industrial Hemp Summit was at Cornell University on Tuesday. The summit’s goal was to encourage conversations between government officials, farmers, and researchers. 

marcia-oc / Flickr

Industrial hemp is coming to the midstate As the weather warms up, five research projects are set to begin. The state Department of Agriculture approved the projects in Berks, Dauphin, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill counties. They'll study different uses of industrial hemp.

J. Paxon Reyes / Flickr

 

The recently-passed state budget eliminates a cap on New York’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry. That will allow more farmers to be able to research, grow and process a crop that could turn into a a million dollar business. 

New York State Fair Keeps 25-Cent Cup Of Milk

Apr 6, 2017
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The iconic 25-cent cup of milk at the New York State Fair is at the root of a shake up in the operation of one of the Syracuse fairgrounds anchor buildings.

JULIA BOTERO / WRVO NEWS FILE PHOTO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Republican senators have proposed a state budget for this year that includes $3 million towards helping upstate farmers recover from last summer’s drought, the worst the state has seen in decades. In some cases, the dry summer weather resulted in the loss of entire crops.

Pages