Wage board recommends lower overtime threshold for farm workers.
Wage board recommends lower overtime threshold for farm workers.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos presented the community garden organization with a grant from the state’s environmental protection fund.
“Our farmers, our farmworkers are all getting collectively screwed right now by one-party Democratic rule.”
The biggest concern is the pest’s potential economic impact on New York’s $300 million dollar wine and grape industry.
Advocates for the change said farm workers should have the same overtime standard as other workers.
The grant will protect nearly 12,000 acres of land, and 40 farms across the state were awarded funding.
The legislation extends pandemic school meal waivers and other flexibilities making it easier for schools to provide free healthy food for students.
“We’ve already lost a number of small dairy farms over the last five years. It’s actually quite stunning.”
“Somebody working in energy storage and clean tech as it relates to agriculture, they might end up steering toward Binghamton.”
“Senior citizens…were making ends meet before, and right now, just with the increased cost of everything, they’re not able to do so.”
“It’s just the way that we’ve seen people cook all of our lives. It’s not even written.”
“This is a national emergency. Babies have become sick and have died. We need access to high-quality formula and we need to do it immediately,” Gillibrand said.
Households must report the loss to their county Department of Social Services within 10 days of losing power.
Area quarantined — 1.4 million chickens killed to prevent spread
“That was all because of product demand, and I don’t think product demand is going to subside this year.”
“Making sure that our milk can go to our schools, milk can go to our hospitals, milk can go to our community centers. Wherever there’s more localized opportunities to grow and build from, that should be the focus.”
The next COVID-19 relief package may replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which helped restaurants that were suffering due to the pandemic.
The arrests come as a result of an ongoing police investigation into allegations of sexual assault.
A federal grant funds the ‘AgriSafe Helpline’ effort.
“We (should) take care of our workers, give them what they need, but give the farmers, perhaps tax relief, to ameliorate the impacts.”
“To drop the threshold to 40 hours over the next decade will be extremely difficult for farmers and farmworkers alike to absorb.”
While lanternflies can stress trees, it appears they only kill grapevines and tree of heaven, also an invasive species, directly by feeding on them.
Two Binghamton restaurants, whose owners are part of an ongoing police investigation, reopened over the weekend.
“We want this for people especially with the food prices raising,” said General Manager Kinya Middleton. “This will definitely stretch someone’s budget.”
Cayuga Lake has struggled with harmful algal blooms or HABs in recent years, but in 2021 unseasonably warm temperatures and heavy rainfall may have extended their prevalence late into the year.
The new law is aimed at cutting down on litter from the non-biodegradable material, better known by its brand name, Styrofoam.
“We’re going to lose farms, the weaker ones first.”
Hemp processing licenses are once again moving forward with New York state certification, after some were delayed for months following the overhaul of the state’s cannabis law, earlier this year.
Officer Cory Minor with the Binghamton Police Department said no arrests have been made in relation to the allegations as of Friday morning.
“The plants literally drowned and died because the roots couldn’t get any oxygen.”
“When the threshold is at 60, many farms can make minor adjustments, pay a little overtime, get a few more workers, it works out.”
Among the Tops stores being sold to C&S are shops located in Cooperstown, Cortland, Norwich, and Owego.
“It flies as well, but it’s a weak flyer. So the main way it moves from place to place over long distances, is through human movement.”
The new Cannabis Control Board wants to ramp up New York’s recreational marijuana industry, that’s expected to roll out next year.
Treatments include “trap-trees” with a synthetic insecticide, a full-year applied pesticide, and treating any egg masses with a soybean-based product.
“It’s like a race against Mother Nature.”
The compounds, known as Neonicotinoids, or “neonics,” have been widely used during the past 15 years in a pre-treatment for corn, soy and wheat seeds.
“98% of all farms in New York are family owned. I think in order to keep that number so high…the milk prices definitely need to go up.”
Agriculture is one of biggest sectors of New York State’s economy. Yet people of color are largely left out of it.
Average daily attendance at this year’s State Fair was down by more than 50% from the 2019 fair, primarily because of the pandemic.
Wegmans said that by making the switch to fiber cartons, it will eliminate 625,000 pounds of foam from its stores every year.
They can cause a lot of different problems. One of the things we see with that is significant damage to the liver, a lot of times.”
“I think we’re having a good fair, it could be a little busier, but we’re having a good time, and we’re going to be okay.”
“Some workers have worked like this for more than 20 years. They deserve time with their family. They deserve to rest. They deserve this extra time for them.”
“Sometimes people are more ready to hear about different services, or they hear about it, it doesn’t work out the first time, but at least they know it’s out there.”
“Students who are parents prioritize feeding their children over getting their own meal in order to make their tuition payments.”
A pollen-sized microparticle can be fed to bees in pollen patties or a sugar syrup to help their bodies safely manage exposure to harmful pesticides.
“It’s great speaking with a customer, someone who lives on the Northside, who reports that they’re no longer dependent on certain medication because of access.”
“Because of the climate or the soil, there was a number of reasons that a number of people made assumptions it wouldn’t work, but no one had actually tried it.”
Wall Street executives are pushing vaccinated workers to return to work, and that’s good news for vendors and other small businesses in New York that depend on workers from finance.
Wegmans recently notified customers that two databases used for the company’s internal business purposes were inadvertently left open to potential outside access.
The invasive worms, which reproduce rapidly, are creating havoc in forests. They thrash around so violently that they can jump out of a person’s hand. They also lose their tail — on purpose.
Around the end of March last year, CHOW served 140 households a week. At the end of May this year, 10 to 15 households received deliveries.
Some consumer groups are calling on the federal government to take a closer look at what they are calling alarming levels of lead and arsenic in some vinegar products.
“Not only do we call for these payments to continue for the first half of the year, we also want them made retroactive to January 1.”
78% of New Yorkers want the option, implemented during the pandemic, to be made permanent in New York.
There are strict orders in quarantine counties aimed at stopping the invasive pest’s spread westward or even between municipalities within a county.
“These are growing pains. And the people that can navigate the growing pains, both with patience, intelligence and capital, they could come out in the next 3-5 years being pretty successful.”
“It shouldn’t take lawsuits and court hearings for our struggling restaurants to be heard.”
The relief fund sets aside $2.1 billion for those who lost work during the pandemic, but, due to immigration status, were ineligible for unemployment benefits or federal stimulus checks.
“We’ve seen people who haven’t been able to work for an extended period of time.”
“Over and over, we’ve heard that we’re supposed to be following the facts and science. But as weeks turn into months, and months have now turned into over a year, we watched this administration change the rules without regard to either.”
Some farm workers are hesitant to get the vaccine because they are wary of interacting with the government.
Restaurants, financially devastated by months-long indoor dining bans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, say the rule helped some of them turn enough profit to keep from closing.
Chef Amanda Cohen, owner of Dirt Candy in New York City, says the coronavirus relief package’s $28.6 billion for independent and small-chain restaurants means many in the industry can stay afloat.
The 1B group, estimated at just under one million people, includes postal workers, manufacturing laborers, and others considered essential workers who risk contracting the virus at their job.
Looser restrictions are complicated by a rise in cases fueled in part by more infectious variants.
An estimated $350 million in annual revenue is expected from the 13 percent sales tax on the drug, with 40 percent of the revenue going to a community reinvestment fund.
By late 2022, adults in the state would be able to buy cannabis in retail stores, and could also sample the drug in tasting rooms.
Hundreds of migrant workers have already started coming to the region for seasonal farm jobs. As they work in fields, barns and greenhouses, there is a chance of spreading the coronavirus.
“What we’ve seen in other states like Colorado — less taxes and lower barrier to entry — means more revenue. More revenue means more money for community reinvestment.”
Restaurant and bar owners have pressured state lawmakers for months to give their struggling businesses more help.
“It will help protect our most vulnerable clients who rely on the staff and volunteers to provide them with nutritious food and critical services.”
Some adolescents with eating disorders require an extended stay in a residential treatment program where they and their families learn how to manage their daily meals and lives.
Legislative Democrats’ qualms don’t stop at the social equity funding, there are additional concerns as well with the taxation structure, criminal penalties and oversight of the Governor’s proposed Office of Cannabis Management.
“We’re both happy with what we do and none of that will change. And there’ll be no attempt to close any stores.”
“Transportation’s a huge problem for them to get here. The winter’s been harder.”
Hemp farmers are laying the groundwork for a lawsuit against New York in response to proposed state regulations that would prohibit the sale of hemp flower.
Officials with the two companies say it will nearly double their collective footprint in the Northeast.
According to Feeding America, 50 million people nationally may experience food insecurity because of COVID-19.
“The state needs to step up and help us ensure that this industry is able to continue on and prosper. It is the lifeblood of New York state.”
“We saw in the first big wave here in New York that the people who bore the brunt, the sacrifice and health problems, were the people who had to go to work.”
“The opening of Greater Good Grocery ends a 25-year void that left thousands of North Side residents struggling to access healthy, affordable food for their families.”
“Over 85 families are depending on this food for their Christmas dinners, so we are very concerned about being able to get the plowing done.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled details of what he calls the “winter plan” for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in New York State.
The new public health measures come as COVID-19 cases near all-time highs and hospital intensive care units are nearing capacity.
Possessing a voracious appetite, the biggest concerns with the spotted lanternfly are their impacts on fruit trees, maples, and especially on vineyards.
Restaurant owners are finding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new criteria difficult to decipher, and worry it will mean more eateries will soon be out of business.
“Increasing access to food has not been a bipartisan goal. And it’s really troubling, because the need is so great. And obviously it’s not about whether you’re a Democrat or Republican when you’re hungry.”
“New Yorkers have not only chosen to return to a Democratic Majority, but they’ve chosen to return a super majority.”
“So yeah, we hope by the time this ends we’ll still have some money in the bank and we‘ll still be viable.”
“I think that’s something that we should all work to follow because that just makes good public health sense, but I think that’s one that would be very, very hard to enforce.”
“Restaurant self-certification is just one tool in the toolbox we can use to increase customer competence, protect ourselves, and grow our businesses.”
“We cannot continue operating our businesses in New York without a clear regulatory framework, while competing with out of state products being shipped in the state.”
The Pa. Department Human Services had been planning to distribute $42 million to the parents of about 330,000 kids later this month, but learned recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had rejected their plan.
Thousands of restaurants in the five boroughs have three weeks to prepare their establishments to comply with the state’s guidance for reopening.
“We’ve been planning this all for a while, so the regulations were about what we thought they were gonna be.”
Thai officials have disputed the claims about how prevalent the situation is with monkeys being used to harvest coconuts.
“Our most urgent responsibility right now is to prevent further damage by delaying any decision on the 60-hour threshold until 2024.”
“We really are asking our farmers to be patient as we try to work this out with the federal government.”
Many of New York’s streets have come alive with fenced-in dining areas with tables and umbrellas and decorated with flower boxes and hanging plants.
“We’re promoting the message of black is beautiful and black excellence and being able to pass this down to generations to come.”
65% of farmers in New York state say their business has been negatively or very negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“This isn’t a small or large winery thing. It’s adding an expense, and expenses are high.”
“New Yorkers are outraged at these establishments, we’re getting thousands of complaints, pictures, videos. This is a question of public health.”
67 Orange Street makes do with take-out and outdoor service while waiting for a decision on inside dining in NYC.
Cuomo blames local governments, who are supposed to enforce rules at restaurants, bars, stores and other public places.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be getting more money than usual to help with groceries this month.
“Not being a chain gives us the opportunity to really listen to the community, put in the grocery store what they want in the grocery store.”
“We’re asking for access to child care for food chain workers, financial relief for undocumented workers and health and safety regulations for all workers on the job, especially farmworkers.”
“Before the coronavirus, we thought somewhere around a million people were food insecure and needed food,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Now, 1 in 4 New Yorkers may be going hungry.
“A typical month for us pre-COVID would be 1.4-1.5 million pounds per month range. And now in April we are in the two million pound range.”
The repercussions have been devastating. Nearly 1,000 out of 26,000 restaurants operating in the state have permanently closed due to coronavirus.
“A good farmers market is like a weekly fair or festival. People are wanting that back, but it won’t be the same.”
State health officials started testing nearly 200 seasonal workers at the giant hydroponic greenhouse last weekend because of concerns it might be a COVID hotspot.
Farmers argue that if we keep breaking the food chain, there will be a lot of farms that aren’t going to survive this.
“Folks who deal in dairy and specialty crops will be provided meaningful support when it comes to price losses.”
“Our farmers, who are now eligible for the economic injury disaster loan, had been told that while they’re eligible in name only, they’re not eligible in practice.”
The coronavirus pandemic has also closed some meatpacking plants, although PresidentTrump last week ordered large meat processors remain open.
“The plan is for us to continue to get dairy into the county through the food pantries and other food programs as long as the donations keep flowing.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is sending a message about the food supply: there’s plenty of food and the state is adjusting to get it to people.
“That’s awful, awful, heart breaking when you watch your milk go down the drain when it’s a perfectly good, sellable product,”
“It’s very frustrating. We have excess milk but we can’t get it to people who are in need at this time.”
The New York Farm Bureau has asked the state, in recent days, to ramp up testing for COVID-19 in rural areas of the state, particularly at farms.
As need has increased, donations have decreased.
DEP’s Climate Change Impact Assessment report focuses on livestock and watershed
“One of the questions about markets is, will we be able to provide enough…safety measures for people to feel comfortable in those spaces?”
As essential workers, migrant farm laborers are continuing operations. However, they are also one of the most vulnerable populations if exposed to the virus.
Farmer Dennis Brawdy said this year is stranger than most because major customers are closed.
“It’s an important support to make sure we have a viable food system and that farmers can still farm.”
Manufacturers, lawmakers and grocery store workers say the reusable bags could transmit the virus, but according to scientists there aren’t enough studies to know whether that’s true.
“Right now, we are dumping on average one trailer load a day.”
“So where everything would be wiped down, now it’s probably just ten times as much”
Wegmans will be supplying face masks to its employees in line with federal guidelines designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“These past few weeks have been pretty heavy with orders and agencies trying to get their pantries restocked as they’re seeing more people come to them for help.”
“Our goal here is to not become, you know, wealthy off of a tragedy.”
There’s also home-delivery where food pantries have closed.
“They may not be getting a meal at home, that’s heartbreaking.”
“Agriculture’s role is unquestionable: access to food is a right; we need local agriculture now more than ever.”
As of Friday night, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins, but several are in isolation.
“We’re lucky that over half of our shoppers are already using reusable bags. We sell dozens of different kinds. It’s kind of a normal thing here.”
When some fast-food workers in New York went on strike one morning in 2012, they had no idea it was the beginning of an unusual movement that would propel an economic revolution.
The study found the wine and grape industry in New York directly creates 71,950 jobs, generating $2.79 billion in wages and $6.65 billion in direct economic impact.
The grocery chain is getting an early start on the state-wide ban, which begins in March.
There will be new features. Organizers envision sensory friendly days. They may program a health care worker or school employee day.
“Many of them are already accessing the emergency food network, so they’re turning to their local food pantry or soup kitchen just to make ends meet.”
Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Secretary says several grant recipients were taken by surprise that they had to pay contracted workers prevailing wages.
“There were skeptics who didn’t think that Butter Gritty would ever come. But today is triumphant.”
Farm workers would be entitled to overtime pay, a guaranteed rest day each week, disability and Paid Family Leave coverage, unemployment benefits and the right to collective bargaining.
It’s going to be open for our people to apply and try their hand at it. Whether that means they’re putting it in the ground or they’re growing it indoors, we’ll definitely help facilitate that and we’ll see where it goes,”
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, clearing a major hurdle towards approving a new North American trade deal. The bill now heads to the Senate where it’s likely to be taken up in the new year.
The industrial hemp company would save $1.7 million over the next 15 years.
The measure creates regulatory standards for hemp products.
Benefits would be cut to roughly 688,000 recipients nationwide, and food advocates say benefits for thousands of New Yorkers would also be in jeopardy.
The proposed changes would slash federal food assistance to low-income families by $4.5 billion over five years.
According to Feeding America, the proposal stands to save the government $4.5 billion and would impact 7-million Americans.
The new bill will allow visas for year-round workers and it provides a path to legal status for current farm workers already in the U.S.
“You have a beautiful crop on, especially August-September. And then, all of a sudden, you’d come back a week later, and it would be dead.”
A stowaway from China, the spotted lanternfly, is eating its way across Pennsylvania, killing trees and grapevines. Scientists are considering importing the bug’s natural enemies from back home.
These cows don’t go out on pastures. That’s becoming more common, unless the farm is certified organic.
Mitrano first announced her intent to again challenge Reed shortly after her defeat in the 2018 mid-term elections.
This year’s 800-ound butter sculpture depicts a grandfather and child dunking cookies, and a young couple sharing a milkshake.
Farmers gain breathing room during tough financial times.
The town has to wait for the completion of state environmental review before it can move forward.
The New York State Fair opens its gates for a 13-day run today, with more than a million visitors expected to descend on the Syracuse fairgrounds.
“It was really difficult because when you’re trying to run a business and you can’t have a bank account, it doesn’t really work.”
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently announced that the project will get $500,000 of federal funding. The new seed bank will be located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York.
Residents and visitors to the Finger Lakes have the opportunity this weekend to visit working farms.
“At this time, when our bees are dying off, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has done a very quiet but very dumb thing. They’ve stopped collecting critical scientific data on honeybees.”
Whey Street Dairy received the 2019 State Agricultural Environmental Management Award.
The New York state health department said 69 cases of cyclosporiasis have been identified in people who ate at restaurants or attended events in the capital region, but local authorities warned people across the state to be careful.
Democratic state lawmakers are criticizing the Trump Administration over its proposed plan to restrict Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for certain people.
Americans are buying less beer from big breweries, so companies are getting creative to attract customers. Pabst is testing what one customer describes as a “Frappuccino” — with an alcoholic kick.
The financially struggling school district in northeast Pennsylvania that threatened foster care over unpaid lunch debt is now apologizing for dozens of letters officials sent this month to parents.
Wyoming Valley West School District in Northeastern Pennsylvania sent families a letter stating that their children would be removed from their homes if unpaid cafeteria meal debt was not settled.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a farmworkers’ rights bill into law Wednesday that will for the first time give the workers benefits other employees get, including time off and overtime pay.
Police said the boy fell through a lid on a grease trap while his mother was working at the restaurant. Grease traps collect oil and other wastes to prevent them from leaking into sewers.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – The 2019 New York legislative session saw the passage of a raft of legislation that has been blocked in previous years. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton spoke with WSKG’s Celia Clarke in the Ithaca studio. She represents Tompkins County and part of Cortland County in the state Assembly. Lifton spoke about the new farm labor rights, legalization of electrically-assisted bicycles and scooters, and why she thinks marijuana legalization is inevitable. The conversation begins with Lifton talking what she considers the most important accomplishment of the session.
HARRISBURG, PA (WITF) – Alyssa Collins said she has been fielding around five phone calls every day from people with questions about hemp–and that’s not even counting the emails. Collins directs Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Lancaster County, where researchers are part of a multi-state, USDA-supported study into different varieties of hemp that can be used for food and fiber. Pennsylvania approved more than 300 permits to farm industrial hemp this growing season, after Congress loosened restrictions on the crop last year. Hemp was long banned because of its relationship to marijuana, but it does not have enough of the psychoactive compound THC to produce a high. So now, researchers like Collins are trying to clear up uncertainties about the crop.