Category Archives: Agriculture & Food

Buying Local

Local food purchases enhance the regional economy, capturing dollars that would otherwise flow out of the Central New York. So buy local food; that is the appeal of Lael Gerhart of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County in the …

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Rising Fuel Prices: What Will New York Farmers Do?

With fuel prices high this year, farmers are some of the hardest hit. New York farmers are paying up to 107 percent more for fuel to operate their farms compared with 2002. Early in the month Senator Schumer proposed tightening …

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Slow-Food Nation

Courtesy of Rural Life 2.0, here’s a great report from NPR, “Endangered List Created for Native Foods.” Globalization of food can be positive. It brought coffee and olive oil to the United States. But protecting species where they originate preserves …

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State cuts farm grants

A grant program that awarded $1.3 million to farmers in Cayuga, approved Madison and Onondaga counties to promote tourism was not included in the current state budget, page leaving hundreds of interested applicants out of luck. The New York Agritourism …

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Cortland County Agriculture Trail

Agriculture trails are great ideas for promoting local products and farming but it appears this one has received little support and not a whole lot of promotion. It finally has some press from today’s post standard: The trail is a …

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New York Farmland being lost, changing hands

More interesting trends in New York Agriculture. Nearly a third of the state’s farmland has changed hands in the past five years and some 50,000 acres a year are being lost to encroaching development, a just completed survey of New …

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Manure Lagoons in Central New York

The Post-Standard’s Mark Weiner has been investigating the regulation of manure lagoons in Central New York and across the state. The article does an adequate job summarizing the main issues which may be of concern to central New Yorkers. Central …

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N.Y. farmers cut pesticide use

Here’s a quick news item from the Poughkeepsie Journal: a study of data from the latest national agricultural census shows a 23% decrease with 18,000 farms using pesticides from 1997 to 2002. However, The decrease coincided with a decrease in …

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More on the Benefits of Organic Farming

A study out of Cornell has compiled 22 years of data on organic farming and has established that the yields are equivelent to conventional methods (source: Returns on organic farming from blogger Living in Dryden). The decision to use organic …

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Rooster Hill Farm

Here’s a find; a “down-to-earth” blog coming from a small sustainable farm in upstate NY: Rooster Hill Farm. Actually I didn’t find it; they dropped me a note and I’m more than happy to add them to the blog roll. …

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