Agriculture / Farming

K&J – The Fifth Annual DAFFEST is This Weekend

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The DAFFEST Derby is fast approaching.. In fact DAFFEST seems to have arrived very quickly this year.. It begins Friday night in the Harrietstown Town Hall and today on the K&J show, we’ll be talking with two of the organizers..  Bob Bevilacqua. He’s in charge of the Derby itself which happens on Saturday. And Cherrie…

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Jay Community Garden Applications Available

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The Town of Jay Community Garden is waking up from a long winter. Applications for the 16 individual raised-bed plots in the garden are now available at Town of Jay Offices in the Community Center in Au Sable Forks. Returning gardeners will be given first priority, and the remaining plots will be assigned on a…

Farm Bureau: “Keep Minimumum Wage at Federal Levels”

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During a conference call today with reporters, farmers spoke out against plans to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 or higher.  It would strain farmer income and place farmers in this state at a further competitive disadvantage. New York Farm Bureau has compared other minimum wage rates across the country, including those states New York…

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NY Farm Bureau Unveils National Priorities

While in Washington, DC meeting with members of the state’s congressional delegation, New York Farm Bureau released its national public policy priorities for the year. The agenda originated at the grassroots level and is member approved. IMMIGRATION REFORM Immigration reform remains a top priority for the state’s farmers and their employees. NYFB has long pushed…

Farm Bureau Supports EPF – Unhappy with Cuomo’s Minimuim Wage Proposal

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The New York Farm Bureau weighed in on the State of the State Speech saying  “If we want to have a growing agricultural sector in New York, it’s important for the State of New York to partner with the industry and invest in growing our farm economy. Governor Cuomo’s State of the State offered some…

K&J – 500 Acres of Bison.. In Vermontville

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If you’re looking for a home where the Buffalo Roam, You may want to head to Vermontville because there are a growing number of Buffalo Roaming wild on the Norman Ridge Road at the Edgley Farm… Which is where we found ourselves on Monday last October during a visit by Congressman Bill Owens with owners…

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Chefs and Farmers Fill Harrietstown Town Hall Sunday

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Chefs and Farmers bring a taste of the Adirondacks to the Harrietstown Town Hall on Sunday…  Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau on hand for the experience.. “I like the idea that these chefs are using local products.” Mayor Rabideau said. “It just makes so much sense and it’s so good and I’m really enjoying the…

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Chefs and Farmers Taste the Adirondacks

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Local restaurant chefs are getting creative and working with our local farmers to create incredibly delicious tasting menus for this year’s Chefs and Farmers: Taste the Adirondacks. The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for the 4th Annual Chefs and Farmers: Taste of the Adirondacks, on September 14th , from…

Another $150,000 from USDA for Trudeau Research

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Congressman Bill Owens announces that an agricultural research project at the Trudeau Institute has been awarded a $150,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funding will come through the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and will fund research into the protective role of T cells during Campylobacter colonization and infection. AUDIO…

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Plattsburgh Community Garden Group Adds a Second Location

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The Plattsburgh community Garden Group says their community garden is built with the goal of creating a safe and open space for people in the community to grow their own vegetables, flowers and fruits.. and to give them an opportunity to participate where they could learn the habits and skills of successful gardening.. Doug Butdorf is…

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April Showers bring Farmer’s Markets to the North Country

April Showers bring May flowers.. AND Farmers Markets to the North Country.. One of those Farmers Markets is a tradition in Plattsburgh and trying to find ways to grow.. Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong says she’s not alone when she says it’s important to keep their finger on the economic pulse of the region.. “Locally Atrisans, that…

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K&J – Maple Weekend & The Parker Maple Farm in West Chazy

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March 22-23 & 29-30, 2014 10 am-4 pm each day We all knew that Maple Weekend was a fun event for the entire family.  Now scientific research shows there’s something more to the taste of sweet, delicious maple syrup – it might just keep you healthy.  Recent studies have uncovered some significant health benefits. A University of Rhode…

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Applications Available for Town of Jay Community Garden

The Town of Jay will once again be taking applications for their Community Garden located on the Grove Road in Au Sable Forks. There are 15 individual raised-bed plots in the garden and applications are now available at Town of Jay Offices in the Community Center in Au Sable Forks. Returning gardeners will be given…

Harvest for All Program Reaches New Highs for Food Banks

New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton says their “Harvest for All” program is at it’s peak… in fact, the effort has had its best year yet.” According to the farm bureau, farmers across the state in 2013 gave nearly 9.3 million pounds of food to regional food banks including those in upstate, New York…

New Pledges for Cuomo’s Taste NY Program

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Some New York restaurants are promising to increase their use of foods and beverages produced in the state. Governor Cuomo announced the additions to his Taste New York program over the weekend… The new restaurants have signed onto the Pride of New York pledge. That means increasing their use of New York products by at…

Cuomo Says Apple Harvest “Best in Years”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers and tourists from neighboring states to “Taste NY” apples this year at over 654 apple orchards and support New York’s important apple industry this fall. Apple growers from across the state are hailing this year’s apple crop as the best in many years following storm events that…

K&J – Chefs and Farmers bring A Taste of the Adirondacks

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An event at the Harrietstown Town Hall on Sunday afternoon gives us an opportunity to talk with Chefs from some of the finer local area restaurants and with their growers and producers…  It’s Called Chefs and Farmers – A Taste of the Adirondacks.. and we were there a little early so that we could talk…

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Gillibrand Combating the Emerald Ash Borer

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An Invasive little Beetle Could Destroy 7 Percent of NYS Forests – Which is why you’re seeing more and more purple traps show up in trees locally.. You may have noticed an increase in the number of purple insect traps on the trees locally.. That’s because the invasive beetle called the Emerald Ash Borer continues…

Lake Placid Students Are Purchasing Fewer Meals

A new report from the financial office at Lake Placid Central Schools shows over the past three years kids are purchasing significantly fewer meals provided by the school..  During the 2010-2011 school year, students purchased 61,679 meals. In the 2011-2012 School year, that number drops to 52,335 and last year (2012-2013) the number of purchased…

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