NYS Agriculture Commissioner listens to conservation district’s priorities

CEW-MR-1-NYS-ag-commissioner11by Troy Bishopp

AUBURN, NY — Richard Ball is not only the New York Agriculture Commissioner but is a long-time Schoharie County vegetable farmer. As such, when it rains, “You don’t feel as guilty sitting inside conversing with others over coffee,” said Ball. The deluge outside the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District provided some downtime to discuss issues for area farmers and their soil and water agency partners as part of Governor Cuomo’s Capital for a Day initiative. [Read more…]

It’s a beautiful thing

CE-MR-4-Beautiful-thing61by Troy Bishopp

ROME, NY — When produce farmer, Ron Wagner got on TV and on social media asking for help to harvest a monumental crop of squash destined for local food banks, little did he realize he would inspire a community.  “The epiphany for me was seeing the train of volunteers all working together for a common goal of feeding the less fortunate. It was a beautiful thing,” said Wagner. [Read more…]

Enjoying KILE’s Farm City Day

CDM-MR-2-KILE-FARM-CITY-1191by Steve Wagner

Students from across five Pennsylvania counties discovered agriculture at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 19th Farm City Day during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. [Read more…]