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Agriculture officials in New York say federal rules for producing hemp are “unrealistic.” The state also said they won’t try to regulate the crop. Hemp farmers say they will have to be very careful without support from the state.

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Every morning, James Minton wakes up to care for nearly 200 chickens on his farm in Windsor. He also watches over two dogs, named after Star Trek characters, a cow named Maribel, and nine great-grandchildren.

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The Seneca Nation has been vigorously working on a Hemp Production Plan to enter this new industry. It comes as the next step in an overall effort to revive agriculture on Seneca lands.

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The public comment period is closing today on a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.

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Broadband internet is coming to the Seneca Nation's rural Cattaraugus Territory. Under a deal announced Thursday, the federal Agriculture Department will put up more than $4 million and the Nation will kick in $3 million to provide connections to 85% of the Southern Tier territory.

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The USDA released long-awaited regulations on CBD this week that will provide more federal regulation of the growing of hemp plants, where CBD comes from. Meanwhile, in New York, a bill that would regulate CBD is in limbo. The State Legislature has approved it, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t acted on it yet.

Deadline extended for dairy farmer safety net program

Jun 5, 2018

The USDA has extended the deadline for dairy farmers who want to sign up for a special safety net insurance program.

USDA conducting Fruit Fly surveys this year

May 21, 2018
Niagara County Sheriff

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be conducting survey work in Niagara County this year to assess the presence of the European Cherry Fruit Fly.

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Buffalo Public Schools prepare 28,000 lunches, 25,000 breakfasts and 5,000 snacks a day. Activists are calling for legal changes to allow greater variety in school food and easier ways to buy food produced locally.

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Conagra Brands is recalling more than 135,000 pounds of Salisbury steak products that may be contaminated with extraneous bones.

The delivery of federal food benefits for millions of low-income people is likely to change after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it'll allow states more flexibility in how they dole out the money.

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The USDA has issued a food recall with what they deem to be a high health risk.

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Thanksgiving dinner is one of the biggest meals people cook each year. With it come challenges in preparing the food.

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.

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

Schumer voices water quality concerns

May 6, 2014
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Senator Charles Schumer says "conditions are ripe" for a record toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that could threaten local drinking water.