The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Division of Veterans Services have announced an expanded FreshConnect Checks Program that aims to increase participation in the program by veterans, servicemembers, and their immediate families.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, joined by New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon, highlighted the state’s workforce and economic development efforts for New York’s dairy industry during a tour of the BelGioioso Cheese Manufacturing Plant in S…

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As the summer season begins to ramp up, we will soon enjoy the farm-to-table bounty of the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. As you bite into the delicious tomato on top of your burger, you may think about how lucky we are to have access to locally grown and raised foods. As you sip your be…

In honor of World Food Safety Day, which takes place annually on June 7, the New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets and Health highlighted several actions the State has taken to enhance food safety for all New Yorkers.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball last week announced the release of the Interim Report from the State’s Farmland Protection Working Group (FPWG).

COBLESKILL — New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball last week announced a new Taste NY Market at the SUNY Cobleskill Carriage House that will promote products made by dozens of New York farms and producers, including students at the college’s School of Agriculture and Natura…

WATKINS GLEN — Watkins Glen Area Chamber members and community members are invited to Farm Sanctuary, the country’s first farm animal sanctuary and advocacy organization, on May 18, from 5-7 p.m. for a special program entitled Compassionate Connections.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced Friday two funding opportunities totaling up to $2 million through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention — or SNAP-Ed — program.

VICTOR — Milk is one of the most requested items by families visiting food banks, but because of storage issues, it is often one of the least donated. Now, families served by the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard have greater access to fresh milk, thanks to a Feeding New York State “Boundless”…

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball last week announced the release of guidance from the Produce Traceability Blue Ribbon Task Force that will help to further strengthen New York’s produce supply system.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets recently announced that it has issued an order to ban all live fowl shows and exhibitions in New York state to help prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the state’s poultry population.

New York Farm Bureau members donated 5.7 million pounds of food to regional foodbanks across the state in 2021 through the Harvest for All program. The number was announced recently at the annual American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Louisville. That was th…

GENEVA — Paid summer internship opportunities are available for undergraduate students interested in careers related to the food and beverage industry through the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech.

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Agriculture is part of the very fabric that constitutes New York. Despite many obstacles, our farming community provides food and sustenance for our families, schoolchildren and the less fortunate year after year with passion and diligence. Beginning yesterday, we celebrate the contributions…

BATAVIA — After postponing the in-person 2022 Empire State Producers Expo due to the spike in COVID numbers in early January, plans for a virtual Expo have been announced. The sessions are spread out over a three-week period, starting Monday, Feb. 21. One or two sessions will run each day, s…

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets recently announced grant opportunities for projects that will help New York’s farmers mitigate water and soil quality concerns, and increase on-farm resiliency to climate change.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Hemp Program Plan was approved recently by the United States Department of Agriculture.

New York high school seniors who are graduating and interested in pursuing a career in agriculture can apply for New York Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Youth Scholarship. Eligible students can use the financial award for college or advanced training in the skilled trades. Statewide winners can …

HECTOR — John Keeler, president of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, has announced that he will be retiring as of the end of this year.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets last week confirmed a case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) in a domestic rabbit in Montgomery County. First found in the United States in 2018, it is a highly contagious and fatal disease of domestic and wild rabbits, tho…

Last week, state Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball encouraged members of New York’s agricultural industry to apply for the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Grants are available for eligible small businesses that have revenues up to $2.5 million and…

As the days get shorter, the sun shines less, and the temperatures drop we are uplifted by holiday cheer. Beautiful lights illuminating houses, favorite carols playing on the radio, and the many traditions families practice around the holidays. For many of us this includes the timely traditi…

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball last week announced that more than $1.2 million in funding will support seven advanced research, education, and marketing projects to help specialty crop farms across New York state grow and remain competitive. The New York State Depart…

CLIFTON SPRINGS — Will-O-Crest Farms, received a Dairying for Tomorrow Award for its care and commitment to dairy farming excellence. Sponsored by American Dairy Association North East, the award recognizes the Ontario County dairy farm for its environmental stewardship practices.

BLOOMFIELD — Families in the Bloomfield area will have greater access to fresh milk thanks to the Ontario County Dairy Princess Program, Ontario County Farm Bureau members and the Fill a Glass with Hope campaign.