Food and Farms

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.


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
AP Photo/Ann Levin

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.

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.


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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Many downtowns in the Southern Tier are food deserts, according to the USDA.

Downtown Hornell and Binghamton don’t have a major grocery store nearby. City leaders in Oneonta have considered enticing a grocery store to their city center.

However, it's not likely to happen for a few reasons, said Susan Bradbury, community planning professor at Iowa State University.

First, the markup on the food stores sell is slim. That means they need a few acres of ground space to make money.


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. 

"World's Largest" Gun Show Opens Tomorrow

Feb 3, 2017
Ben Allen, WITF

HARRISBURG (WITF) -- An event that bills itself as the world's largest outdoor show opens up Saturday in Harrisburg. The NRA expects 200,000 people to visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. This is the fourth year the NRA is running the Great American Outdoor Show, after the previous operator faced a boycott when it wanted to ban certain guns after the Sandy Hook school shooting.

The Allegheny Front

Chances are, all that leftover food from your office party or wedding might end up in a dumpster—and eventually the landfill. Unless a hero swoops in. Because it’s the 21st century, that hero is a new app. It’s called Food Rescue Hero, and 412 Food Rescue—a nonprofit in Pittsburgh—has been working with local developers over the past 18 months to get it off the ground.