Food and Farms


(WRVO) New York is the second largest maple producing state in the country, producing more than 600,000 gallons of syrup last year, worth about $33 million.

Sarah Harris / North Country Public Radio

(WRVO) A farm initiative lead by state Sen. Patty Ritchie plans to restore $12 million to research programs slated to be cut under Cuomo's  budget plan.

100th PA Farm Show Kicks Off Saturday

Jan 8, 2016
Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is about to reach a milestone: 100 years. For many -- the Farm Show is like Christmas in January. From the agriculture competitions to the food court full of Pennsylvania products to yes, the milkshakes, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the show every year.

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For years, the government has warned that saturated fat found in whole milk leads to increased risk for heart disease. But now, it’s taking a second look at the research, saying saturated fats might not be so bad for you.

New federal dietary guidelines could be a big boost for dairy farmers.

Milder Weather OK For Farmers...For Now

Dec 16, 2015
Krenzer Farms

You've probably enjoyed the mild early winter weather, and we know winter is coming. For area farmers, an extended fall allowed many to recoup crops planted late following a wet spring and dry summer.

Broome County Historical Society

New York state has long been a center for agriculture. and, tonight, WSKG premieres a new documentary that celebrates upstate’s farming history. The movie is called Harvest. Brian Frey directed the film, and he says he misses the presence of farmers in popular culture.

Veronica Volk / WXXI

A local wine maker is speaking out against a plan to transport New York City waste to Seneca Meadows Landfill. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's $3.3 billion, 20 year plan involves shipping waste by rail or barge to the landfill in Waterloo.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, will certainly affect dairy farmers in New York state. But will it affect consumers? Of the 11 other Pacific Rim nations in the agreement, Canada, New Zealand and Australia have robust dairy industries that want to export more products to the U.S.


New federal rules aim to protect farm workers from the risks associated with exposure to pesticides, and advocates in New York are applauding the changes. Now, children under 18 will not be allowed to handle pesticides. Adult farm workers will have to be trained each year on how to protect themselves from the chemicals used around them. They used to be trained every 5 years.