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Red Tail Ridge Winery in running for James Beard award again (access required)

A Penn Yan winery is again receiving attention from the James Beard Foundation. Red Tail Ridge Winery’s owners, Nancy Irelan and Mike Schnelle, have been nominated for a 2020 James Beard Award in the category of outstanding wine, spirits or beer  ...

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New source of natural gas right under our noses on local farms (access required)

For more than a decade, dairy farms in New York have been trying to manage their cow manure and save on their electric bills by employing anaerobic digesters. The digester siphons off the manure’s methane — a greenhouse gas — ...

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Wine industry awards honor Arbor Hill’s John Brahm III, others (access required)

The late John Brahm III, founder of Arbor Hill Grapery and Winery in South Bristol, Ontario County, was honored at the Unity Awards Banquet Wednesday on the opening day of a wine industry conference in Henrietta. Brahm, who also founded ...

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Closing of Cheribundi production plant leaves hole in local supply chain (access required)

Cheribundi’s decision to pull out of production in the Geneva area and use a co-packer in Michigan will leave a hole in the Western New York food processing world. Cheribundi announced in January that it will start contracting for its ...

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Grapes and wine have significant impact in New York, study reports (access required)

For every $1 million the state provides to boost the grape and wine industry in New York, it gets $1.3 billion back in taxes, according to an economic impact report that just came out. The report compiled on behalf of the New York ...

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Cornell research may make hemp easier to raise and sell legally (access required)

Hemp growers in New York face the uncertainty of growing a crop that becomes illegal to sell because it unintentionally contains a higher amount of the psychoactive chemical THC than is allowable by state regulations. Now a Cornell University study ...

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Once a high-flyer at Chase, John McKenna gets closer to the soil at Tompkins (access required)

Earlier in his career in banking, John McKenna was living the life. Following five years with Citibank in Rochester, he became an investment banker with what’s now known as JP Morgan Chase and worked at the largest bank in the ...

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Farm preparedness workshops cover social media, certification and sneaky activists (access required)

Farm preparedness in the 2020s is a lot more sophisticated than locking the barn door before the horse gets out. The “Modern On-Farm Preparedness” series of workshops and webinars offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension and other dairy-related agencies starts ...

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All female food team from Finger Lakes featured at James Beard House (access required)

A septet of female chefs and food-and-beverage producers from the Finger Lakes region will be featured presenters at the esteemed James Beard House in Manhattan in January. The team, headed by Geneva’s Samantha Buyskes, is currently listed on the house’s list of ...

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USDA grants support renewable energy projects on local farms (access required)

At least three local farms are receiving more than $100,000 each in grants from the federal government to help bring their operations up to date with renewable energy systems.  The state director for rural development announced this week that New Yorkers ...

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