Food and Farms

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. 

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Stacy Richards lives on Binghamton's north side. She's ecstatic about the shuttle service. No need to rely on the bus to get to the store anymore.

“No two bag rule, none of that. No standing in 90 degree heat. No standing in sub-zero temperatures. No hour-long bus rides and no $30 cab rides,” said Richards.

This part of the city’s lacked a grocery store for a couple of decades.

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.

Wet, Cold Spring Could Delay Planting, Harvest

May 5, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The wet spring, combined with cold temperatures, may mean a delayed planting for many farmers in the region. 

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. 


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Local environmental activists are putting pressure on Onondaga County to change advisory signs about eating fish caught in Onondaga Lake. 

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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.