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Pro-Fac plans to disband

Pro-Fac Cooperative Inc. has begun distributing a portion of the more than $230 million payout it received from the sale of Birds Eye Foods Inc. and is beginning steps to disband the cooperative by the end of 2012. CEO Stephen ...

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Pinnacle Foods to shut Birds Eye operation here, lay off 205

The new owner of Birds Eye Foods Inc. has filed notice that it plans to close its operation here, laying off its 205 workers. Pinnacle Foods Group LLC plans to merge the local facility with its New Jersey location.

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Technology Farm to hold event

The Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park, also called the Technology Farm, will hold an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. March 11.

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Engineering Firms

Engineering Firms with facilities in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties; ranked by number of licensed engineers

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Area dairy farmers to receive $4 million in federal aid

Dairy farmers in the Rochester area will divvy up some $4 million in emergency direct payments to boost the struggling industry, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Thursday.

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Pinnacle Foods to buy Birds Eye for $1.3 billion

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, a manufacturer of brands including Duncan Hines, Vlasic and Mrs. Butterworth’s, announced Thursday it has signed an agreement to purchase Birds Eye Foods Inc. for some $1.3 billion.

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DEC aims to streamline brownfield cleanups

Officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation proposed two new policies that they say would streamline the cleanup of brownfield sites.

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Constellation in talks with Australian firm

Constellation Brands Inc. is considering selling certain assets and combining parts of its Australian and U.K. wine operations with a leading Australian wine company in exchange for a substantial but non-controlling interest in the combined entity.

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Birds Eye sees an IPO as way to eat up its debt

Birds Eye Foods Inc. plans to use the proceeds of an initial public offering to repay debt, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows. As of June 27, the company had $323 million of borrowings outstanding under a ...

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Non-Profit Report: Cornell University, Cooperative Extension, Monroe County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, like similar organizations in all New York counties, seeks to meet residents’ needs for information and solve practical problems using the resources of Cornell University and the national Cooperative Extension system according to local ...

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Ag sales in ’08 top $560M

Agriculture generated more than $1 billion in the Rochester region over the past two years, including more than a half-billion dollars in 2008, preliminary data from the New York Agricultural Statistics Service show.  Cash receipts for crops and livestock in ...

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Spotlight: Corn yields on the rise in Western New York

Local corn yields are up, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In New York’s western region, including the Rochester area, the yield of corn grown for grain rose 22.4 percent from 2007 to ...

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Wineries

(Ranked by gallons produced in 2008*) 1. Canandaigua Winery   116 Buffalo St.   Canandaigua, NY 14424   (585) 396-7600   www.cwine.com Gallons Produced 2008/2007(1): 20,200,000/20,200,000 Types of Wines Produced(2): Table wines, sparkling wines, specialty and dessert wines, wine with ...

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