Food and Farms


(WRVO) Agriculture is an essential part of the North Country's economy. St. Lawrence and Jefferson County are among the top ten farming counties in the state. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited Watertown yesterday to speak with farmers about  new federal policies that could help them prosper. 

Monica Sandreczki / WSKG News

The north side of Binghamton is a food desert. There hasn’t been a grocery store there in 20 years. Both residents and city officials want a grocery store in the area, but it’s a tough sell to companies. 


(WRVO) Jefferson, Lewis and parts of St. Lawrence Counties are in the early stages of a drought. Areas of central and western New York are experiencing much worse conditions. Mike Hunter with the Cornell Cooperative Extension says the corn crop is fine, for now. But hay has taken a hit so far this summer.


(WRVO) The average age of the American farmer is continually rising; it's 55 in New York state. In response, many states are crafting legislation aimed at encouraging a new generation to take the reins, like Chris and Sarah Ficken, owners of the New Moon Farms in Munnsville, New York.

(WXXI) State and local officials went to Rochester's Public Market Thursday to tout the fact that more New Yorkers are now eligible for nutritional benefits under the SNAP program, what used to be called food stamps.

Charles Compton, WSKG

Recent changes in federal law regarding food stamps are having an impact on some people in this area and around the country. The change puts a three month time limit on ‘SNAP’ (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), for unemployed or under-employed adults who are not disabled or raising children.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) While most central and northern New York crops are being planted right now, there’s one that’s being harvested. SUNY ESF researchers are harvesting willow, as part of a project that continues to find the best way to use the woody plant as an alternative energy source.

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

Supporters of farmworker justice chanted “yes we can” at a rally in Syracuse Thursday. They’re encouraging support for the Farmworkers Fair Labor practices Act, a piece of legislation that’s been stalled in the state legislature for 15 years.

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About one in six Americans get sick from foodborne diseases every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But it can be difficult to find out if a restaurant is putting you at risk. Restaurants in Pennsylvania don't have to post information if they fail a food safety inspection. Many times, they can stay open for months, even if they're out of compliance.

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(WRVO) Planting season is getting underway in central New York. And for farmers it means another year when the changing climate can make or break a growing season. But farmers aren’t sitting still when it comes to dealing with the more severe weather that comes along with a warming climate.