Food and Farms

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
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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. 

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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. 

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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Ninety-six percent of New Yorkers say, "in our state, no one should go hungry," according to a new poll released from Siena College today.

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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.

Manure Spills Recurring Problem On Cayuga Lake

Mar 13, 2017
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The manure spill that contaminated parts of Cayuga Lake and Salmon Creek last month is no longer a hazard to humans.  Still, researchers say too many manure spills can lead to long term damage.  

Todd Walter, who directs the Water Resources Institute at Cornell University, says such manure spills are much too common.

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