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A western New York Community College is launching a first-its-kind Food Processing Technology program in the fall of 2014. The program at Genesee Community college will help meet the growing demand for skilled food processing workers in the region.

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Smaller farms in upstate New York are being squeezed by the valuation mechanisms that peg taxation to land values.

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The steaks stacked in the coolers of butcher shops in New York may be marketed as local, but just what that label means varies widely.

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Empire State Development approved funding for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.

Ammonium nitrate storage tightly controlled in NYS

Apr 26, 2013

The chemical responsible for the death of 14 people and injury of over 200 in West, Texas, is in wide use. Leaving many upstate New Yorkers are wondering how ammonium nitrate is regulated in New York state.

Farmers and foodies call for fracking ban

Apr 12, 2013
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Farmers and foodies are urging Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State right away. Groups across the state are expected to meet today and into next week to alert the public that fracking is a threat to the state’s agricultural viability.

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From a statewide view, the most visible pieces of Governor Cuomo's regional economic development councils revolve around computer chip manufacturing and medical research. But the most visible local result of the councils right now is the high-tech conversion of milk into Greek yogurt.

While there are all kinds of high-tech proposals in the plans for the regional councils, there are also items like improving the railroad connections to the Milk-Bone plant on Buffalo's east side so that will remain the only plant making the dog treat.