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Overtime threshold for farm workers becomes official in NY

The New York State Department of Labor announced the adoption of the final farm labor overtime regulations, codifying Commissioner Reardon’s order that accepted the Farm Laborers Wage Board’s report and recommendations in September. The phased-in, gradual reduction in the ... more
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Dairy farmers call for changes at the federal level to make business more sustainable

A dairy farmer in Chemung County believes that the government needs to change the way they handle milk pricing. Currently, dairy farmers are paid by the hundred weight, meaning they receive a set amount of ... more
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Solar grazing combines farming, climate-smart resources in New York

This is how it begins: A farmer and an agricultural economist walk into a bar. Greater Ithaca being what it is, the bar is Brookton's Market, a little country store with two dozen craft brews ... more
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Sweet Acres’ Jerry Stewart visits FLX Today to talk local dairy farms, small farm impact (video)

Sweet Acres Creamery has quickly established itself as a staple in the Finger Lakes. Located in the town of Geneva the focus isn't just on delicious dairy products - it's also on sustainability. This week ... more
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Grow-NY hosting two-day food and agriculture summit in November: What’s happening?

Grow-NY, the largest global food and agriculture business competition, will host its two-day Food & Ag Summit on Tuesday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 16th. The event will take place in Syracuse and virtually. The ... more
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Some Dems are having second thoughts about overtime threshold for farmworkers: Economic consequences could be dire

Some Democrats in the state legislature are joining their Republican counterparts calling for changes to the recently approved overtime threshold change for farms in New York. Last week the state Department of Labor made a ... more
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Farmworkers overtime threshold will drop to 40 hours in New York

New York has made a decision on lowering the 60-hour threshold for overtime among farmworkers to 40-hours. Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon announced the move, accepting the recommendation of the Farm Laborers Wage Board ... more
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Farms in Central New York, Finger Lakes awarded over $3M to combat climate change

Business leaders urge Hochul to scrap farm overtime change
More than 70 farms across New York will benefit from $7.9 million being awarded through the Climate Resilient Farm Grant Program, according to Governor Kathy Hochul. The program will help the farms and state reduce ... more
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Pick’n Patch: A place for family and all things fall, farm, and fun

There's no other place like it. With a corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower field, and future apple picking, Pick'n Patch has it all. Pick'n Patch is a family-owned and operated farm in Stanley, New York ... more
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INSIDE THE FLX: Seneca County Cooperative Extension looks ahead to the fall, classes and updating programs (podcast)

On today's edition of Inside the FLX, host Ted Baker is joined by three staff members at the Seneca County Cooperative Extension in the new FingerLakes1.com studio! Ted is joined by Mo Tidball, Candace Riegel, ... more
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Solar farm brings new opportunity for residents to save money in Cayuga County

Solar farming and renewable energy are expanding to Cayuga County. Solar Farms New York just opened a state-of-the-art Solar Farm in Auburn with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, September 13th. This new solar farm ... more
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3rd annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend happening September 24-25

Nine Schuyler County farms are opening their doors to the public this month for tours, tastings, hayrides, demonstrations, apple picking and more. The 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend will occur on September 24 ... more
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Tour Schuyler County’s finest farms during the 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend

Discover a variety of Watkins Glen area farms during the 3rd Annual Schuyler County Farm Tour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th. Nine Schuyler County farms are opening their doors to the public, offering tours, tastings, hayrides, demonstrations, apple picking, shopping, and opportunities to meet the farm animals.  These authentic farm experiences are entertaining and informative, fun for families, couples, ... more
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Overtime threshold reduction moves ahead for farmworkers in New York

The Farm Laborers Wage Board submitted its final report Tuesday to Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon, recommending reducing the state overtime threshold for farm workers to 40 hours. It was a 2-1 vote, which ... more
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New York State Fair 800-pound butter sculpture recycled into energy at Western New York dairy farm

The 54th Annual Butter Sculpture at the New York State Fair has come down, but it isn’t going to waste. American Dairy Association North East, in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and Noblehurst ... more
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Business leaders urge Hochul to scrap farm overtime change

Business leaders urge Hochul to scrap farm overtime change
Three business groups have sent a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul calling on her to support a State Senate bill that would overturn a plan to reduce the threshold for paying overtime to farm workers ... more
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The New York State Department of Labor announces Farm Laborers Wage Board virtual meeting on September 6

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) announced the next meeting of the Farm Laborers Wage Board will be held virtually at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. The board is expected to deliver ... more
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$110,000 coming to grow farm-to-school program in New York

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has been awarded a $110,000 USDA Food and Nutrition Service grant to grow its Farm-to-School program. The grant will support producer readiness training that will help ... more
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“Farming in upstate NY is already very complicated:” Concerns abound over lowering farm worker overtime threshold

It's been three years since the Farm Workers Law was signed into law by former Governor Andrew Cuomo. Fast forward to the present day, and the state is looking to change overtime rules concerning farm ... more
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