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PA Lawmakers Hear The Plight Of Beekeepers

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(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. 

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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
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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. 

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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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