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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

New York Farm Bureau delegates elect officers and state directors to the board

Delegates to the New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) State annual meeting cast their ballots in Rochester to elect their representation on the Board of Directors. It culminated a three-day long meeting where resolutions were debated and voted on to set NYFB’s 2015 policy agenda.

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

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Trees for Troops makes a stop at Critz Farm

Eight members of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 met at Critz Farms in Cazenovia last week to help out with a cause that hits close to them — to provide Christmas trees to America’s military troops and their families during the holiday season.

Second farmer’s market coming to Cazenovia

Cazenovians love their local farmers market so much that they want it available more than once a month. So two local entrepreneurs have created a second farmers market that will host its inaugural market on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the showroom of Cazenovia Cutblock on Route 20 East.

DeWitt tree planting process a success

The town of DeWitt, in conjunction with Onondaga Earth Corps, Cornell Cooperative Extension, People In Action and residents and management of Springfield Garden Apartment Complex, joined forces to plant 22 trees along Caton Drive in DeWitt in mid-October.

Federal disaster loans available for small businesses

SBA announces loans available for recovery from two weather incidents

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna recently announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes in several counties in New York’s 22nd Congressional District as a result of two weather incidents.

Cazenovia receives nearly $10K in farmland protection grant funding

The town of Cazenovia recently was awarded $9,700 by the state agriculture department under a new program designed to help municipalities amend local regulations that affect agricultural land and farm operations. The grant will assist Cazenovia as it works to revise various sections of its zoning law to align recommendations made in the Town of Cazenovia Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan.

Open Enrollment for Madison County Agricultural District is October 2014

October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.

Series of four educational equine workshops to be held this October in Madison County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and partners, including the NYS Center for Equine Business Development, are pleased to announce registration is now open for its first ever October Equine Series.

‘National Farm Safety and Health Week’ highlights safe workplace environments

New York Farm Bureau and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) are recognizing “National Farm Safety and Health Week” which runs Sept. 21 to 27. The theme this year is “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters.” It serves as an important reminder for the nearly 36,000 farms in the state that strive to provide a safe workplace environment for their family members and employees.

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Henneberg Brewing Co. tasting room in New Woodstock approved by town planning board

Grand opening event set for this Saturday

This Saturday, Cazenovia’s first farm brewery and tasting room will open to the public for tastings and tours. Henneberg Brewing Co., owned by John and Maria Henneberg and located on their 97-acre farm in New Woodstock, received its final site plan approval last week from the Cazenovia Town Planning Board after more than one year of work.

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Side Hill Farmers in Manlius receives nearly $200K USDA grant

Empire Brewing Co. farmstead brewery in Cazenovia also receives funding

When Side Hill first opened its doors in the plaza behind Sno Top last July, there were three employees and a lot of meat — and that was about it. But over the last year, it has expanded to include almost a dozen employees and numerous varieties of meats, vegetables and prepared foods. And now, thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the co-op can expand even more.

Town zoning board rejects Owera appeal, says winery must abide by stated hours of operation

ZBA also rules winery event tent is not a building and therefore cannot run events past approved hours

Owera Vineyards’ three-season event tent is not an indoor building, as the winery owners claim, but an outdoor facility; and all events held at the winery — whether in the tent or not — must abide by the prescribed hours of operation as approved by the town planning board in 2012, hours which are enforceable by the town. This was the decision of the Town Zoning Board of Appeals, issued Monday, Aug. 25, at the ZBA’s regular monthly meeting, in response to an appeal by Owera seeking to overturn a town zoning enforcement officer determination concerning allowable facility events.

Take precautions against mosquitos

Every year, the Onondaga County Department of Health begins surveillance and control of the mosquito population in May. They monitor more than 20 traps across the county, testing mosquitoes for West Nile and EEE. EEE was identified in the Cicero Wildlife Management area in early July which prompted an aerial spraying on July 22 after obtaining the necessary approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This helped to reduce the mosquito count, but with the recent wet-weather, additional spraying throughout the neighborhoods surrounding the management area was authorized and the truck spraying occurred Aug. 17. This will continue to be monitored by the department of health.