Statewide, most of the farmers who answered a New York Farm Bureau survey said COVID-19 has at least negatively affected them. Some went as far as to say the pandemic has very negatively affected them.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced $1.5 million in funding for Feeding New York State to support its network of 10 regional food banks, as well as local farms, to help provide milk and produce to food-insecure New Yorkers.

ANDOVER, Mass. –– William “Bill” Beaton of Groveland, Mass., has taken over the reins of the Agri-Mark dairy co-op when current CEO Ed Townley retired effected Sunday.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled the ground rules last week for distributing $16 billion in direct payments to farmers and ranchers feeling financial pain from COVID-19, but several agriculture groups say producers may need more federal aid in the future.

In response to many dairy farmers across the upstate region and North Country having to dump their milk due to reduced demand for their products caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Nourish New York Initiative on Monday.

PLATTSBURGH — After milk flew off the shelves in the initial rush for food during the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing regulations set at state and federal levels have caused lower milk prices and dairy surpluses nationwide.

WATERTOWN — Right now, the saying “No Farmers - No Food” seems all too relevant as shelves are emptying at a rate lifelong farmers have never seen before. They’re still at it though, working to meet the demand and reassuring consumers that the food chain is in full operation.

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.

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.