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Sign outside the offices of NOFA in Richmond, VT. Photo: <a href="">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sign outside the offices of NOFA in Richmond, VT. Photo: Don Shall, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York residents challenged to eat local

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being challenged to eat local in September.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York is launching its fifth annual month-long Locavore Challenge on Monday.  Go to full article
Apples at the Rochester Public Market. Photo by Kate O'Connell

NY apple growers expect above-average harvest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Apple-picking season is underway in New York and growers are expecting another good year, following 2013's record crop.

New York Farm Bureau spokesman Steve Ammerman tells The Saratogian that growers in the state are expected to harvest more than 30 million bushels this fall. Last year, they picked a record 32 million bushels. The average is around 29 million bushels.  Go to full article
Spotted wing fruit fly, <em>Drosophila suzukii</em>. Photo: <a href="">John Tann</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Invasive Asian fruit fly devastates Northeast berry crops

A new invasive insect that devastates berry crops threatens millions of dollars worth of the fall harvest in the northeast. It's called the Asian spotted wing fruit fly, and it was found in the North Country late last month.

In a press release, Paul Hetzler, of the Canton office of Cornell Cooperative Extension, says a female fruit fly was caught in a monitoring trap near Canton on August 25.  Go to full article
Dairy cows in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

New insurance program for dairy farmers

Starting next week dairy producers can sign up for the United State Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new insurance plan. It's called the margin protection program, part of...  Go to full article
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack<br>Photo: <a href="">mikescottnz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ag Secretary Vilsack visiting Vermont on Thursday

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting Vermont on Thursday to discuss funding related to improving water quality...  Go to full article
An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom. <br />Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art <br />

Tree of 40 Fruit is a metaphor for life

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist who is building such a tree, branch by branch.
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Allison Akins starts her day at 6am when she feeds the calves. Photo: Monique Cornett

Math teacher or farmer- how would you decide?

The average age of a dairy farmer in New York is 57 according to the latest farm census figures. That means many North Country dairy farms are thinking about the next...  Go to full article
Norris Berry Farm in Monkton, VT. Photo: <a href="">Rob Friesel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago,...  Go to full article
One of the first test uses of civilian drones will be by Cooperative Extension over farms in Western New York. Photo: Drone's-eye view of sprouting crops in Ontario, <a href="">Frederic</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Private drones cleared for flight over upstate New York

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first private drone flights over upstate New York as part of a national testing program.

The Northeast UAS...  Go to full article
Photo: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack makes Keynote Inaugural address at the "Made in Rural America Regional Forum" in Canonsburg, PA on Jun. 4, 2014. <a href="">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Sen. Gillibrand: Rural export forum planned in NY

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the Obama administration is bringing its "Made in Rural America" export forum to upstate New York. Gillibrand, a member of...  Go to full article

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