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New labor law causing anxiety on N.Y. farms (access required)

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Farmworkers Bill into law last week, farmworker advocates were cheered, and many farmers were seriously dismayed. The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, and would require overtime pay for workers after ...

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Canandaigua farm protected with conservation easement (access required)

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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Labor-practices bill for farmworkers worries farmers (access required)

For years, advocates for farmworkers have lobbied to end exemptions to labor laws that exist on farms but with little success. Since Democrats took control of the state Senate last fall, however, a new effort concerning farm interests introduced by ...

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Wyoming County puts buy-local listing online (access required)

A new online guide helps Wyoming County farms and producers reach out to consumers on the go. The “Buy Wyoming County Grown” website makes available a listing of producers offering apples to zucchini, and bedding plants to Christmas trees. Until ...

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Finger Lakes makes first cut in decision to relocate parts of USDA (access required)

U.S. Reps. Joe Morelle and Tom Reed have sent a letter urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to pick the Finger Lakes region for a planned relocation of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service. Morelle ...

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New laboratory set for grape genetics research in Geneva (access required)

The federal Agricultural Research Services’ Grape Genetics Research Unit will be getting an updated laboratory, after receiving nearly $69 million in federal funding announced by Sen. Charles Schumer Tuesday. The unit is located at Geneva’s Cornell AgriTech, a Cornell University ...

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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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