Food and Farms

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.


(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.

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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(WXXI) The final verdict won't be in until after the harvest, but New York apple growers are expecting a below-average crop yield this fall.

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Tastykake, Hershey's, Utz potato chips—the list of snacks produced in Pennsylvania reads like the lunchbox of a kid who was left to pack it unsupervised. The state does a lot of snack food manufacturing, agreed Winifred Mc Gee, who specializes in agricultural entrepreneurship at the Penn State Extension.

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A new report from the Food and Health Network of South Central New York on food insecurity among children shows a big gap in how many kids eat free lunches during the school year and during the summer.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) There’s good news for barley farmers in central New York and other parts of the state. The federal government will begin offering crop insurance for the grain that is an essential ingredient for brewing beer.

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For many kids, school meals provide the only food they eat all day. During the summer, districts often continue serving lunches. But many kids do not have enough food to eat over the weekend. In Tioga County, there’s a program during the school year to give kids food for Saturday and Sunday, but none in the summer. A coalition of anti-hunger groups is trying to feed them.