Agriculture

New York state has kicked off another business competition, this time focusing on the state’s agricultural industry.

The state already has competitions designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the high tech industry and in a variety of upstate projects, and now it has created something called 'Grow-NY.'

It is designed to focus on growing and enhancing the food and agriculture business in the Finger Lakes, Central New York and the Southern Tier.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO Public Media

Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) hosted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Geneva Wednesday for a roundtable discussion with local farmers. Trade deals, China and labor were highlights of the conversation.

State Sen. Rachel May / Twitter

Farm owners on Thursday warned New York State lawmakers that legislation that would give workers the right to organize to demand better wages and conditions could devastate New York’s agricultural economy.

New York’s apple industry has about a 21 percent higher economic impact than traditional studies have found. That totals to about $574 million, according to a new case study from Cornell University.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Local and state officials are promoting farm-fresh Christmas trees this holiday season. It is an $8 million industry in New York State and the trees are also good for the environment.

Nicole Franzen / Courtesy Blue Hill Farm

A tax exmption that is deemed essential for farmers and growers across New York State has been extended for another decade.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

New York is one of only 13 states where animal cruelty laws are not part of the penal code. That would change under a bill being considered in the state legislature.

Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee approved the long-awaited 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday. It includes a controversial change to food stamps that could push thousands of people off the program. That's not sitting well with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), who sits on the Senate Agriculture committee.

Keith Perry

Real maple syrup is a sweet treat, but it often comes with a hefty price tag. This is why researchers are working to develop a new method to produce syrup.

Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York

As shortages of Christmas trees drive up prices in some parts of the country, a statewide expert says New York has an abundant supply of trees.

Did you know the Farm Bill covers more than farms?

Nov 3, 2017
Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

The New York Agriculture Commissioner is touring the state asking for input on how the Farm Bill affects New Yorkers.

Elizabeth Miller

New York has allotted $50 million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms in the state.

Dairy Co-op earns state's "Grown & Certified" designation

Jul 12, 2017

A dairy cooperative headquartered in Cheektowaga has joined the ranks of companies recognized by New York State as "Grown and Certified."


Dozens of Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture.

The vote was 87-11. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote.

Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

NPR's Geoff Bennett reports for our Newscast unit:

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New York State's Agriculture Department is moving forward with an initiative that aims to increase consumer confidence in foods grown within the Empire State. The program officially recruited its first local supermarket partner on Wednesday.


Julia Botero / WRVO News

ALBANY, N.Y. — The federal Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to New York businesses hurt by the months-long drought.

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

Fourteen farm operations around New York State will share $2.3 million in federal funding to create new products and improve their marketing strategies.

Eileen Buckley

In an effort to promote farm-to-school programs across the state, New York’s top fiscal watchdog has released a study that chronicles the growth of these initiatives and pinpoints the challenges they face.

WBFO News file photo

Senator Charles Schumer says the drought in Upstate New York could  be a disaster for farmers in the fall.

Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY

Consider it Christmas in July for a special breed of tree growers.

Mobile gardens to debut in Niagara Falls

May 20, 2016
Justine Hays

Think of them as gardens on wheels. Traditional gardens in Niagara Falls will soon be getting some creative company. A new program called “Grow on the Go” will help folks to grow produce in abandoned shopping carts. 

from Erie.gov

There's been a big expansion of the county's agricultural districts, including on Grand Island.


Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York

As Western New Yorkers anxiously await the first sign of winter white, New York’s Christmas tree farmers are hoping to see a lot of green this holiday season.

Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market

Farmers markets are generally thought of as an outdoor activity only for the warmer months of the year. For one of the area’s largest, that’s about to change.


Ted Hawley's Facebook page

Buffalo Beer Week is underway, but most local residents wouldn't have needed a special event to spot the growing popularity of  craft beers that are produced by local breweries. What some beer lovers might not know is that the trend is helping to generate business in non-brewing arenas.

Maple syrup production in state hits 70-year high

Jun 24, 2015
nysmaple.com

Despite a harsh winter, New York State’s Maple Syrup production hit its highest yield since 1944. 

Changes on the farm

Jun 10, 2015
Dave DeLuca/WBFO News

It's the season for dairy and agriculture festivals in Western New York. Springville staged its annual tribute to farming last weekend. Down in Allegany County, Cuba will kick off its five-day Dairy Week on Tuesday, June 16.

WBFO File Photo

Farming continues to be a significant industry in Erie County, although it's changing to reflect the rise of home-grown beers and a consumer push for more locally-grown food.

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A pair of New York State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes.

Urban farming becomes a family affair

Jul 8, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

As urban farms become a familiar feature of many large cities, they’re also presenting a challenge for zoning laws and regulators. WBFO's Ashley Hassett tells the story behind Buffalo’s second urban farm, as the east side of the city looks at how to handle more farms in the future.

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