MALONE –– The emerald ash borer beetle was last spotted in Bombay in July of 2019 and local forestry experts say it can travel up to five miles each year. It is an invasive bug that has been killing ash trees across the area.

The Farm Bureau’s national convention has adopted a new policy on farmers’ right to repair their tractors and combines, ratcheting up the pressure on manufacturers to strike a deal with farmers and independent mechanics on the contentious issue.

Farm bankruptcies across the U.S. rose again in 2019, as a prolonged slump in commodity prices, poor weather and the ongoing trade war with China squeezed farmers.

ALBANY — New York’s agriculture industry is rallying to find financial relief in the 2020 legislative session and executive budget after taking a hard hit from the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act passed last year — and lawmakers are listening.

BUFFALO — A federal court judge halted the implementation of certain provisions of a new state law that extends a number of labor rights to farm workers on Tuesday.

KINGSBURY — Farmers are taking their own lives at 3 1/2 times the rate of the general population, which U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said is a problem that needs to be addressed.

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department moved again this week to cut spending on food stamps, this time proposing changes that would slice $4.5 billion from the program over five years, trimming monthly benefits by as much as $75 for 1 in 5 struggling families on nutrition assistance.