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At its annual meeting yesterday in Liverpool, NY, delegates of the New York Farm Bureau rejected a proposal to oppose hydraulic fracturing, Syracuse.com is reporting. That's not a major surprise, as the group has vocally supported fracking in...
If you listen to NPR's Planet Money podcast, you know what they've been doing all year: following the production of a T-shirt – their T-shirt – from cotton to, well, T-shirt. Their reporting has spanned across continents, and...
This is part of a series of Farm Journals, farmers writing regularly about life on the farm, week to week, through the season. Anne Riordan is field manager at Cayuga Pure Organics outside of Ithaca. Read all her journal entries here. Remember how...
To keep you busy this weekend, here's a fun list from Food Tank – the self-described food think-tank website – of their 66 favorite food-related Instagram accounts. Famous chefs and food mavens like Anthony Bourdain, Alice Waters,...
Manure and agriculture. The two have pretty much been entwined since humans figured out how to farm. While so-called Big Ag has mostly gone over to fertilizer made in factories, many home gardeners – and most organic growers – still rely...
News stories tagged with "farming"
Feb 06, 2006 — Members of one of the North Country's largest dairy cooperatives are deciding whether to join forces with the makers of Cabot and McCadam cheeses. Allied Federation of Cooperatives, based in Canton, will vote on merging with New England-based Agri-Mark. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jan 18, 2006 — Pro-environment groups say Governor Pataki's spending plan is the "greenest in recent memory". The budget proposed yesterday sets aside a record $1.4 billion for conservation and stewardship. If approved by the legislature, the money will flow to hundreds of different program, from municipal sewer and water projects to efforts to combat invasive species. As Brian Mann reports, the spending plan also includes dozens of new staff positions at the Department of Environmental Conservation and $50 million for new land and easement purchases. Go to full article
Jan 10, 2006 — We continue the series, Ten Threats to the Great Lakes, looking at the threat of water withdrawals from the Great Lakes. In the Great Lakes region, farmers are one of the biggest users of water. They pump water from underground aquifers or from lakes and streams to irrigate their crops or water livestock. Agriculture has been criticized for its large withdrawals of water. Farmers say they want to be recognized in a Great Lakes water use agreement as efficient water users, but as Erin Toner report, it's unclear whether that's true. Go to full article
Dec 15, 2005 — The amount of farmland is decreasing throughout the Great Lakes region. But scientists say the amount of agricultural land is increasing worldwide, bringing additional challenges to US farmers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports. Go to full article
Nov 28, 2005 — Our series on the Ten Threats to the Great Lakes continues with a story about how farmers are getting involved in restoring some of the natural landscape. Before farmers could work the fields in the nation's bread basket, they first had to drain them. So thousands of miles of ditches and trenches were dug to move water off the land. In the process, millions of acres of wetlands were lost. And losing the wetlands meant losing nature's water filter. Today, some farmers are working to restore these wet places. Mark Brush reports. Go to full article
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Oct 26, 2005 — Farmers across the state are enduring one of the wettest Octobers on record. It should be a busy time on farms. But this fall, crops from soybeans to onions are still left in soggy fields. Gregory Warner spoke with agronomist Pete Barney of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County. He said there are some bright spots, and lots of problems. Go to full article
Oct 07, 2005 — The federal government is phasing in a national identification tracking system for livestock to help trace and curb threats, such as Mad Cow disease and even bio-terrorism. New York is even advancing what it calls micro-chip, injectable social security numbers for livestock. But many farmers worry that Big Brother may be moving into the barn. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak reports. Go to full article
by Julie Grant
Sep 13, 2005 — Food More and more schools, universities and other institutions with cafeterias are by-passing processed foods from multi-national corporations. Instead, they're buying food from local farmers. Advocates say locally-grown fruits and vegetables are fresher. They say the food tastes better, and they're finding kids sometimes ask for apples and tomatoes instead of candy and chips. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Sep 13, 2005 — A coalition of farmers, businesses and communities in the Adirondacks is doing its part to promote locally grown products. "Adirondack Harvest" began about 5 years ago as an effort to encourage farmers to diversify and find new markets for local produce, eggs, dairy products and maple syrup. This week is the annual Harvest Festival Week with recipe Taste-offs, farm tours and a new cookbook. "Adirondack Harvest" coordinator Susie Becker told Todd Moe that her group includes counties and communities throughout the Adirondacks. Go to full article
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Aug 15, 2005 — A massive spill of liquid manure in the Black River flowed slower than expected this weekend. Three million gallons of cow waste entered the river last week when a wall in a holding lagoon burst on Marks dairy farms south of Lowville. Hundreds of thousands of fish were killed. The Hudson River/Black River Regulating District released extra water from Stillwater Reservoir on Friday to help move the manure into Lake Ontario. According to News 10 Now, kayaking, rafting, and fishing outfitters along the river had to cancel hundreds of reservations. Steve Litwiler is a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Conservation, which is handling the spill. He spoke with Todd Moe. Go to full article