Oct 30, 2013 — Today federal lawmakers convene to begin seeking compromise for a new five year Farm Bill. The $500 billion package sets the nation's agricultural policy.
Its biggest ticket item, though, is food stamps, known as SNAP. The House and Senate versions of the bill remain very far apart on how much to fund the food stamp program.
The bill would replace billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers with a crop insurance program, which could also pay out billions.
Dairy farmers would be eligible for that crop insurance. The bill also would create a supply management program to control the number of cows in the country and prevent an oversupply of milk. But a group of dairy farmers says those provisions do little to keep small farms from going out of business. Go to full article
Oct 29, 2013 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Agriculture Agency is going to hold a webinar so Vermonters can provide feedback on rules for a new law that some say could significantly affect the state's fruit and vegetable farmers.
The webinar will be held on Nov. 4. It will walk participants through the comment process for the Produce Safety and Preventive Control Rules. Go to full article
Oct 29, 2013 — The local food trend in the north country is starting to fill a new niche: alcoholic beverages. And not only are brewers and winemakers crafting their products here, but they're also taking advantage of the rural region to double the local appeal, with homegrown ingredients. Several of these businesses just opened in Jefferson County. Go to full article
Oct 17, 2013 — DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) A century-old Northeastern dairy cooperative headquartered in suburban Syracuse plans to merge with a bigger national cooperative based in Kansas City,... Go to full article
Oct 15, 2013 — Big, ugly algal blooms are reappearing in the western basin (and sometimes the central basin) of Lake Erie. The blooms happen when excess nutrients - mostly phosphorus - run... Go to full article
Oct 11, 2013 — Ellen Beberman is the manager of the farmers market in Tupper Lake, where she also sells her own produce. She grows her onions, leafy greens, carrots in perhaps the last... Go to full article