Tag Archives: agriculture

Competition aims to hasten dairy product innovation (access required)

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A new competition will enable agricultural entrepreneurs to introduce new dairy products for consumers, ultimately boosting dairy sales in New York state. The state Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York Dairy Promotion Order (DPO) Advisory Board and VentureFuel ...

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

A stock photo of solar panels being installed.  A solar array in Orleans County is one of the rural development projects supported by a new USDA grant.

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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Young brings rural and legislative know-how to new Center of Excellence (access required)

Catharine Young of Olean is the Executive Diretcor of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food & Agriculture

Catharine Young didn’t change much about her living situation when she became head of the new Center of Excellence in Geneva last March. Young had spent 20 years on the road, commuting between her home in Olean and Albany, where ...

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Local ice cream makers move toward non-dairy products (access required)

Perry's dairy-free ice cream

In April, Perry’s Ice Cream released a line of oat-milk-based frozen desserts that are dairy-free. In June they started sending out frozen yogurt laced with vegetable purees. This week craft ice-cream maker Eat Me Ice Cream was blending locally grown black currants into a ...

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Big interest exhibited in Grow-NY agricultural business competition (access required)

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The inaugural Grow-NY agricultural business competition has attracted nearly 200 applications hoping to win start-up money to launch a venture in the Finger Lakes region. The applicants are competing to be among the 20 finalists who will have a chance ...

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Canandaigua farm protected with conservation easement (access required)

Wheat is one of the cash crops the Brocklebank family raises in Canandaigua. (Photo supplied.)

A multigenerational farm on Brace Road in the Ontario County town of Canandaigua is more economically secure now that the Brocklebank family has agreed to provide a conservation easement to the state. The easement provides Scott and Travis Brocklebank, the ...

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