agriculture

Julie Grant, Allegheny Front

While many of us have been enjoying the mild winter, it has some food producers double checking the calendar. For instance, March is usually prime season for boiling the sap from maple trees down into syrup. But at the farm Nathan Goodell’s family has worked for seven generations in northeastern Ohio, record-high winter temperatures have pushed everything way ahead of schedule.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Members of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington talking about their priorities with the state's congressional delegation. At the top of their list is immigration reform. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Thousands of people were expected to take part in protests across the country today in response to the immigration policies of the Trump administration. 

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An expansion of industrial hemp farming was one of Governor Cuomo’s proposals Wednesday at his regional State of the State address in Syracuse. 

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(WRVO) This year's drought has left wells dry across the region. After some rain, farmers are wondering when their groundwater will be replenished. 

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The battle lines are drawn over a lawsuit that could reshape agriculture in New York State. 

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(WRVO) Most of northern and central New York is still experiencing a drought, despite some rain this weekend. Groundwater reserves are depleted in wells across the region. Farmers are trucking in water for their livestock, people are digging new wells for their homes and towns are trying to find ways to conserve this now limited resource. 

Payne Horning, WRVO

(WRVO) At the Hemlock Haven Christmas tree farm in Sandy Creek, Oswego County, frail, burnt orange pine trees stand out in sharp contrast to their emerald green neighbors. Owner and operator Michele Forsyth said with combined drought and sustained heat this summer, she's lost more than 10 percent of the trees on her farm. 

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More than half of Pennsylvania's counties have been under a drought watch or warning this summer, and the state Department of Environmental Protection just recently placed 4 others under a watch.

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(WRVO) The New York State Fair broke attendance records this year, in the wake of a $50 million state-funded renovation of the Syracuse-area fairgrounds. Attendance for the 12-day fair was 1,117,630, according to fair officials -- up 23 percent over last year.

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