innovating agriculture

Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

The quiet farming community of Alabama, N.Y. sits amongst acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park or STAMP.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

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

Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse

Jun 5, 2013
Matt Richmond / WSKG

Peter Borst has been a beekeeper since 1974 and takes a longer view of the industry’s recent struggles. In 2006, beekeepers began reporting the widespread loss of seemingly healthy bee colonies. It led to the naming of a new disease: Colony Collapse Disorder.

Fighting fire blight in New York's apple industry

Jun 4, 2013
Kate O'Connell

New York is the second biggest apple producing state in the country. But, last year production dropped dramatically due to a warmer winter, early blooms, and harsh spring frosts. The total production from the state plummeted from 1.2 million pounds in 2011, to just 710,000 pounds in 2012.

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.