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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.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Stress levels for farmers in America have skyrocketed in recent years. With dairy prices low, many farmers are looking not just for financial support, but emotional support as well. Programs like New York State FarmNet have become integral for agricultural professionals in rural communities who may be suffering from depression.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

President Trump’s push for tariffs has made international trade a big topic of discussion lately. And one of the products being talked about is milk. But these strategic trade moves trickle down to lots of family farms – like those in Western New York. WBFO’s Nick Lippa visited a farm in Wyoming County to see how farmers are reacting.


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With an abundance of outdoor activities to do this summer in urban and suburban areas, a troupe of actors is bringing the works of Shakespeare to rural communities.

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.

Veggie lovers turning to CSAs for produce straight from the farm

May 22, 2017
Wendy Guild Swearingen

Most people buy their vegetables the "usual" way, in that weekly trip to the grocery store. But more and more Western New Yorkers are preferring to get their produce straight from the farm, through what's called a CSA. Buffalo Spree editor Wendy Guild Swearingen, a WBFO contributor, found out more.

Labor anxiety brings challenges to family farms

Apr 12, 2017

Spring is here and fruit farmers throughout Western New York are preparing for crops of everything from apples to Japanese plums. With the new season come job opportunities and new challenges for farmers. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman takes a closer look.


Governor vetoes tax credit for donated farm food

Nov 30, 2016
NPR

Governor Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have given New York farmers a tax break for donating fresh food to food banks.

Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY

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

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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.

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.

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If a state agency wants to buy food, it now has to consider buying food grown or produced in New York.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the area can move forward with planning for an advanced manufacturing center and help local farmers. The county is looking at the creation of a local food hub.

There are more and more young people getting into farming and Washington is now helping small farmers and the local food movement thrive.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

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.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

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

Ryan Delaney / WRVO

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.