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Dairy board seeks new member (access required)

Dairy producers are being sought for an open seat on the state’s Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board. The board makes recommendations to the state agriculture commissioner on marketing promotions, nutrition education and research programs. “The dairy industry is a major ...

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Farmworkers’ rights topic of town hall on Sunday (access required)

 A town hall event to rally support for farmworkers’ rights in New York State is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in downtown Rochester. The gathering, sponsored by the Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign and Rural Migrant Ministries Inc., is urging passage ...

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Lawmakers seek to block Romulus incinerator again (access required)

A group of state legislators has introduced bills again to prevent construction of trash incinerators anywhere in the Finger Lakes Watershed, in an attempt to halt Circular energG’s proposed incinerator at the former Seneca Army Deport in Romulus. The legislators ...

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RIT institute doing its part to make industry more sustainable (access required)

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, housed in Sustainability Institute Hall, lists nine different laboratories. But one that’s not on the list is the biggest of all – the building itself. With power or heat or both produced by a ...

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Local colleges offer new and renewed workforce opportunities (access required)

In Geneva, students at Finger Lakes Community College ferment wine, hoping their training will provide either a second career in the wine industry or a less-expensive leg up on bachelor’s degree they’ll complete at Cornell University. In North Chili, meanwhile, students at Roberts ...

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After 41 years, Cindy’s Pies is looking for a new slice of life (access required)

Cindy’s Pies started as a lark back in 1978. That first year, during the Naples Grape Festival, Cindy and Jon Trzeciak wanted to make some Christmas money by selling the local specialty, grape pie. They teamed up with Jon’s twin brother, ...

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Leadership program seeks to foster growth in agriculture industry (access required)

When it comes to agriculture, the industry is no Silicon Valley. Surveys conducted just a few years ago found that the average American farmer was 58 while the average American computer programmer was 31. The food and agriculture workforce has only gotten older since ...

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From Costa Rica to Cornell, Padilla-Zakour finds her calling in food processing (access required)

When a small company in New York has a bright idea for a new food product, it typically turns to Olga Padilla-Zakour. When a large company, like Wegmans, is thinking of adding a new product line or a new vendor, it ...

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McDonald’s new policy may turn tide on antibiotics in beef (access required)

McDonald’s Corp. announced Tuesday that it is instituting new policies to reduce the use of antibiotics in production of beef for hamburgers, a move heralded as a significant sea change in the way beef cattle is raised around the world. ...

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State offers tax breaks and money for energy technology to farmers (access required)

New York farmers are eligible for two Christmas presents from the state: money for clean energy technologies and a 10-year extension of a tax waiver for farm buildings. New York State Energy and Research Development Authority announced on Tuesday that ...

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