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Dennison hired at White’s Farm Supply

White’s Farm Supply, Inc. is excited to welcome back Andy Dennison.

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New chef, new menu, new wine – Owera Vineyards kickstarts summer season

Owera Vineyards has been winning medals for the quality of its Cazenovia-made wines for years, and now Madison County’s only winery is seeking to make a new mark on people’s palates with its food. Owera has started the 2015 summer season with a new chef and a new tasting room menu — with all the ingredients coming not just locally, but many from Owera’s own backyard.

Area school districts named as finalists for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant

In the Madison County area, two school districts have been announced as finalists in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Canastota Central School District and Stockbridge Valley Central School District are among the top districts in New York in the running for grants of $10,000 and $25,000.

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Owera Vineyards, town of Caz square off in state supreme court

Two sides argue merits of planning board site plan approval for winery’s proposed new event center

Attorneys for the Town of Cazenovia, Owera Vineyards and East Lake Road neighbors of Owera Vineyards this week appeared before State Supreme Court Judge Dennis K. McDermott in Wampsville to argue whether the town planning board exceeded its authority in its February site plan approval for Owera’s proposed 6,300 square-foot permanent promotion and marketing facility.

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County agricultural council launches ‘Onondaga Grown’

The Onondaga County Agriculture Council kicked off its newest “buy local” initiative June 24 at Reeves Farms. The “Onondaga Grown” campaign seeks to promote the more than 700 farms in Onondaga County, which generate a $152 million agricultural economy.

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Fayetteville Farmers’ Market opens for the season

On Thursday, June 4, hundreds of market-goers came out to Fayetteville Town Center to see what is in store from their favorite local farms and businesses at the weekly Fayetteville Farmers’ Market.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Buy local this season to support our community

Here in Onondaga County, agriculture is a vital part of our community and a cornerstone of our economy. I’ve been working hard to support our state’s dedicated farmers and ensure they have the resources they need to thrive, but there’s more that can be done. By shopping at our local farmers markets this season, you can do your part to strengthen our economy and bring home fresh, healthy products for you and your family.

Industrial hemp documentary to be shown at the Cazenovia Public Library

To celebrate National Hemp History Week, all are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library community room at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, for a screening of “Bringing It Home,” an industrial hemp documentary that has sparked action on farming legalization and policy reform.

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Village and town of Manlius hold Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony

Town awarded Tree City USA status for 11th consecutive year

Representatives from the village and town of Manlius joined together last week to celebrate Arbor Day, recognize the 11th year the town of Manlius has been named a Tree City USA and show the importance of making the area a tree-friendly place to live by planting a serviceberry tree that was donated by the Manlius Lions Club.

Madison County Fair set for July 9 through 12

The176th annual edition of the Madison County Fair will run July 9 through 12, and the 2015 theme is “We’ve Got a Good Thing Growing.” Plans are underway for some new exciting shows, contest, and surprises, along with the return of some old favorites.

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Shovels in the dirt

Empire Farmstead Brewery breaks ground on Rippleton Road

The shovels were in the ground, the dignitaries were in place, the firkin was tapped — and after years of planning, discussions and municipal approvals, construction has begun on Empire Brewing Company’s farmstead brewery on Rippleton Road.

Village of Fayetteville seeks volunteers for deer committee

The Fayetteville Village Board is looking into drafting a local law that would help decrease the white tail deer population within the village — and they're looking for interested citizens to help out.

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Madison County Tourism names Foothill Hops 2015 Champion of Tourism

Madison County Tourism, the county’s official tourism promotion agency, recently named Foothill Hops as the recipient of the 2015 Emily Marshall Champion of Tourism Award. The award was presented to Kate and Larry Fisher, owners and operators of Foothill Hops, during Madison County Tourism’s annual dinner on April 2 at the Colgate Inn in Hamilton.

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Madison County Farm Bureau donates funds to help local FFA kids attend state convention

Madison County Farm Bureau was pleased to donate over $3,600 to local FFA chapters to help defer the costs of attending the State FFA Convention in May at Morrisville State College. The recent donation was part of their commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by helping develop their potential for leadership and while preserving and protecting agriculture for future generations.

Governor Cuomo announces 59 percent growth in NY craft beer industry in one year

Impact on New York economy is $3.5 billion

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced the craft beer industry in New York State grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion. These results, according to a research report prepared for the New York State Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, are another example of the incredible growth the industry has been seeing.