Food and Farms

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

(WRVO) For the last four years, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she has been trying to create five food hubs to help centralize food processing and distribution upstate. Gillibrand said one food bank in Rochester is stepping up its operations and she wants one in Syracuse to do the same. 

  

Governor Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have given farmers a tax credit for giving food to food banks. 

JULIA BOTERO / WRVO NEWS

(WRVO) Thousand Island dressing gets its name from the chain of islands straddling northern New York and Canada. At the turn of the century, this region along the St. Lawrence River was a summer destination for the nation’s elite. It was the Gilded Age. The creamy pink salad dressing was all the rage among cooks at the hotels and resorts dotting the river. There are two competing local legends on who first came up with the dressing. 

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

(WRVO) State officials helped deliver Thanksgiving dinners to residents in need in cities all across New York. In Syracuse, that happened at the Southwest Community Center, which targeted seniors and others who could use the meals the most. 

NY Laws Help Growth Of Farm Breweries

Nov 16, 2016
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) The Empire Farmstead Brewery in Cazenovia has established itself as the largest farm brewery on the eastern seaboard. And a spate of new state laws, friendly to brewers, has made it possible. 

JULIA BOTERO / WRVO NEWS

(WRVO) This year's drought has left wells dry across the region. After some rain, farmers are wondering when their groundwater will be replenished. 

David Sommerstein / North Country Public Radio

 

The battle lines are drawn over a lawsuit that could reshape agriculture in New York State. 

JULIA BOTERO / WRVO NEWS

(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. 

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

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.

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