agriculture

Beekeepers Urged To Check Hives For Menacing Mite

Aug 16, 2017
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The abundance of rain this spring and summer has boosted the growth of local honeybee hives, but a menacing mite is continuing to cause havoc. Experts are urging local beekeepers to check their hives now and every three weeks for the varroa mite.  

Parts of upstate New York have been receiving record amounts of rainfall this year. The rain is one of the contributing factors to the high water levels on Lake Ontario which has caused extensive property damage. But it is also taking a toll on local farmers.

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There's a lawsuit now in New York that could expand the rights of farm workers. Under state law, farm workers aren't allowed to bargain collectively, but the state Constitution may say something different.

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill allowing local BOCES and municipalities to directly purchase New York State produced foods. 

Contest Will Name New Cornell Grape

Jul 25, 2017
CORNELL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Scientists at Cornell University are bringing a new seedless table grape to market and they’re inviting the public to help name it. This isn’t the first time that Cornell has drawn upon the creativity of the public in naming a grape. But since that contest in 2012, seeking names from the public has had some unexpected results.

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The wet weather has made it another challenging year for dairy farmers. State agriculture officials are trying to help farmers cope how ever they can, including expanding the New York State Grown & Certified marketing campaign to include dairy products. 

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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
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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. 

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
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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
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.

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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.

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.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(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.

TOLEDO-LUCAS COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY

(WRVO) Each year, ports on the Great Lakes dredge tons of material to keep shipping lanes open. But disposing of the spoils is a big problem. The Port of Toledo has a creative approach: farming.

Farm Bureau: NY Drought Worst in Generations

Sep 2, 2016

(WXXI) New York farmers are experiencing the worst drought conditions in generations, and while the industry may suffer a setback, it will persevere. That's from Dean Norton, the President of the New York Farm Bureau, a lobbying group for agribusiness.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) If attendance is any indication, New York’s $50 million investment into the state fairgrounds is an early success. According to New York State Fair officials, the fair is substantially ahead of last year's attendance numbers, with the final weekend coming up, which generally has the largest crowds of the 12-day exposition. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Scientists with the Cornell Cooperative Extension are experimenting with a late-summer oat crop.  They say it may help farmers during a drought like the one parts of New York state are experiencing now. The oats could give farmers one last chance to stock up on feed for their livestock.

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