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Apple producer accused of labor-law violations

    In a lawsuit seeking class-action status, a Mexican farmworker alleges labor-law violations by Fowler Bros. Inc. of Wayne County. The family-owned Fowler Bros. is one the largest U.S. apple producers. With more 2,500 acres of orchards, it employs ...

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Schumer: Legislation would aid apple growers

Sen. Charles Schumer plans to introduce legislation that would help New York’s apple growers produce new varieties and make orchards more profitable, he said Thursday.

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, has served the area for 137 years, seeking to foster lifelong bonds between people and animals and to prevent cruel treatment of animals. Its 78 staff members and more than 800 volunteers ...

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Antitrust investigator looks at dairy industry

A top antitrust investigator at the U.S. Department of Justice was in Batavia on Monday to meet with Upstate New York dairy farmers and consumers about potential anti-competitive practices in the dairy industry.

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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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