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New York Assembly to hold hearings on legalizing marijuana

New York Assembly to hold hearings on legalizing marijuana
The state Assembly will seek public input on legalizing marijuana in New York at four hearings this fall. The hearings are being planned by Assembly members Joseph Lentol, Richard Gottfried, Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Linda Rosenthal. Peoples-Stokes has sponsored a bill to regulate and tax the adult use of marijuana in New York. Vermont and Massachusetts recently legalized recreational marijuana and... more

Seaweed & dairy farms could be a match made in heaven in the Finger Lakes

Seaweed & dairy farms could be a match made in heaven in the Finger Lakes
University of California researchers are studying whether feeding seaweed to dairy cows will reduce their emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas released by livestock. Early results look promising, and more studies are planned. If the results continue to be promising, it would seem there would be ample opportunity for economic development around the new technology right here in the... more

Sen. Helming aims to ‘level’ playing field for hops farmers

Sen. Helming aims to ‘level’ playing field for hops farmers
Senator Pam Helming today announced that the New York State Senate passed a bill that she sponsors to include hop yards in the definition of agricultural land. The legislation (S.8841) would give hops farmers the same opportunities as orchard and vineyard owners to apply for agricultural tax exemptions. This measure will support the continued growth of New York’s hops industry... more

Empire Farm Days underway in Seneca Falls

Empire Farm Days underway in Seneca Falls
In 1931, Empire State Potato Growers Association developed Empire Farm Days to bring farmers the newest equipment, info & techniques. On Tuesday, the event kicks off for the 85th year at the Rodman Lott Farm in Seneca Falls where Empire Farm Days has been hosted since 1988, with 300 acres of exhibits, demos and activities. Official Event Program (.pdf) Empire... more

‘A great way to scout your fields’: Scans done by drones can help farmers identify problems

‘A great way to scout your fields’: Scans done by drones can help farmers identify problems
It’s hard to say if any of the farmers who saw drone demonstrations Wednesday at Empire Farm Days will ever buy one. However, judging by the reactions of those who stopped by the CNY Drone Works area, they were fascinated with the technology. “I had some crop damage from wind once in the middle of a field and never knew... more

DEC ‘pursuing’ Owasco dairy farm for clean water violations

DEC ‘pursuing’ Owasco dairy farm for clean water violations
An Owasco dairy farm previously cited for worker housing conditions is also being investigated by the state for violating clean water regulations. In February, four adults and five children moved out of the workers’ house at Melrose Farm after a town of Owasco cease-and-desist order was issued to the farm’s owner, Joe Tidd, due to unsafe conditions at the living... more

Empire Farm Days names new management team

Empire Farm Days names new management team
Last December, Melanie Wickham of Stanley announced her resignation as executive director of the Empire State Potato Growers Association and as director of the association’s popular Empire Farm Days after 32 years. At the time, Karl Hofmann, president of the potato growers association, said it would take two people to fill Wickham’s roles. Hofmann was off by one. It was... more

FARMING IN THE FINGER LAKES: A great future for beef in the Finger Lakes

FARMING IN THE FINGER LAKES: A great future for beef in the Finger Lakes
“Beef production in the Finger Lakes is on the rise, and the future appears to be very promising and poised for growth,” said John Kriese, current president of the New York Beef Producers Association. Kriese, a third-generation beef cattle producer, is the owner of Spring Pond Farm and co-owner of Finger Lakes Cattle Co. in Branchport as well as Penn... more

Massive fire at Aurora Ridge Dairy under investigation

Massive fire at Aurora Ridge Dairy under investigation
Firefighters were called to the scene of a barn fire in the Poplar Ridge Fire District around 9:20 p.m. First responders say there were approximately 300 calves inside the barn, and that there was an active structure fire confirmed when crews arrived. Barn fire in a calf barn in Ledyard. pic.twitter.com/jOiuHHz822 — Kevin Rivoli (@KevinRivoli) May 1, 2018 Poplar Ridge,... more

Got Stress? Falling milk prices push Helming to host seminar with FarmNet, Farm Bureau

Got Stress? Falling milk prices push Helming to host seminar with FarmNet, Farm Bureau
Staying stress-free in the world of agriculture can be a challenge. Senator Pam Helming (R-54) announced that she has joined with New York FarmNet and New York Farm Bureau to host a free seminar on recognizing and managing stress for farmers, farm families, and agri-service providers. Many reports have highlighted the negative impact falling milk and commodity prices are having... more
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