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Blue Pepper Farm lands top animal welfare certification

A Jay operation has landed a top-notch designation that certifies the farm follows the most humane and environmental practices on pasture.

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Regional food hub coming to fruition with purchase of new facility

The new owners of a former Essex storage facility aim to repurpose the rural structure into a processing facility designed to strengthen regional food circuits.

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Cornell to hold Small Livestock Farmer workshop

The Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a regional training workshop Saturday, Feb. 7, to help small livestock farmers reduce and manage the parasites that affect pastured sheep and goats from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

County soil and water to assist landowners

The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will be assisting agricultural landowners with completion of Soil Group worksheets for agricultural exemption.

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Saranac Lake farm seeks agricultural district designation

The HiBar Ranch in Saranac Lake has applied for inclusion in the county’s agricultural district, a measure that will provide protection as they continue to grow their organic farming operation.

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W’Burg Grange kitchen gives start-up businesses wings

The Whallonsburg Grange’s kitchen, say local entrepreneurs, provides a welcome incubator for their fledging operations.

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Lieutenant Gov. reveals $500m statewide broadband initiative in Lake Placid

On Friday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced the creation of a $500 million initiative that aims to deliver high speed broadband access to every state resident by 2019.

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Employee workshops scheduled to aid farmers

Cornell Cooperative Extension/CCE will offer training to help farmers who will be hiring their first employees in 2015.

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Lakes to Locks Passage prep mobile apps, audio tours for 2015

Lakes to Locks Passage plans mobile app, audio tours will bring history to life.

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Essex County agricultural community reflects on past year, offers 2015 wish list

A regional food hub, increased legislative measures to grow the farm-to-table biz and public outreach are just some of next year's goals for the Champlain Valley's agricultural community.

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Westport Central dips toes in local food movement

Produce from a local farm is being used as a trial balloon for a possible farm-to-school program at Westport Central.

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Central Lake Champlain destination master planning process comes to life

Four towns in the Central Champlain Valley have started working together to create a roadmap for sustainable tourism.

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NY21: Walking between the rows with Aaron Woolf

Aaron Woolf says strengthening regional food systems and growing infrastructure are the best ways to boost the district's agricultural industry.

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Local alpaca farm to compete in statewide event

Jay Mountain Alpacas will be among competitors from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions at the 2014 nationally-certified Empire Alpaca Extravaganza at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on Oct. 25-26.

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Neglected barns pose vexing dilemma for town officials

A cluster of barns at the Baker Farm in Willsboro are stuck at the intersection of fiscal responsibility and historic preservation.

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