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Photo: Sarah Harris

NYS government sows seeds to boost farming economy

It seems like state leaders are sowing acres of ideas these days to boost New York's farming economy. This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of New York's first ever inter-agency task force on agriculture. The idea is to help farmers cut through the bureaucratic red tape that's an obstacle to growth.

Also this week, North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie unveiled a plan to encourage more young farmers to enter the business.  Go to full article
Root crops at the Glens Falls Farmers Market. Archive Photo of the Day: Stuart Delman, Chestertown NY.

NYS wants to make farmers' markets more accessible

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state wants to make farmers' markets more accessible to low-income consumers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will make $130,000 in grants available this year to support at least 13 traditional farmers' market and youth market grant projects.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo speaking on a farm in Middleburgh, NY in 2011. Photo: <a href="">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

NY forms task force to help farmers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials have formed a new task force to help farmers.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the task force will include farmers and state officials and will be charged with improving how state agencies work with people in the agriculture industry. The group will be called the Strategic Interagency Task Force on Lessening Obstacles to Agriculture, or SILO for short.  Go to full article
New York Maple Syrup Photo: <a href="">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY's maple season off to slow start due to cold

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Maple producers across New York are planning open houses the last two weekends in March, but so far the season is off to a slow start because of frigid...  Go to full article
Bee pollinating apple tree. Photo: <a href="">Natalie Ford</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Gillibrand urges feds to look at bee losses in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is telling federal officials that the Empire State needs its bees to pollinate crops.

Gillibrand wrote Secretary...  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein

Vt. dairy farmers create management program

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont has a new program, created by farmers, to help dairy farmers better manage their operations. Officials say it was developed by individual...  Go to full article
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross. Photo: Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

Vt. ag secretary says dairy outlook upbeat

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says he's optimistic about the future of the state's dairy farmers.

Speaking Tuesday at the...  Go to full article
Megan and Dan Kent, the barrel washer, and squeaky clean celeriac. Photo: David Sommerstein

Lisbon organic farm looks to grow while staying local

Agriculture is changing quickly in New York. Greek yogurt is reshaping the dairy industry. Maple syrup is becoming big business. And microbrewers, distillers, and hop-growers...  Go to full article
Food from the Farm: Eating Local in the North Country takes place Saturday, March 1, 2-5 pm in the Plattsburgh City Gym. Photo: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Plattsburgh event showcases local food, even in the dead of winter

Most gardens are a long way from yielding those delicious spring and summer veggies, but you could still make a meal of the food on offer from professional growers, livestock...  Go to full article
Vermont Smoke and Cure is one of the food companies growing in Vermont. Photo: <a href="">Justin Henry</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Report: Vt. adds at least 2,162 food related jobs

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) Vermont Smoke and Cure was growing so fast that the makers of sausage, bacon, ham and other smoked meats moved from Barre into a former cheese factory in...  Go to full article

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