Ag/Environmen

State OKs 90-megawatt solar facility

The state has approved a permit for a 90-megawatt solar power farm that will span land in Cortlandville, Homer and Solon, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday. EDF Renewables Development LLC's …

Cortland to down dying ash trees

Cortland has identified and plans to remove nearly 100 ash trees that have been compromised by the emerald ash borer, whose larvae feed underneath the bark of ash trees. Cortland’s Common …

Hard times for softwood

When December comes, holiday celebrations follow, which for many means buying a Christmas tree. Lime Hollow Nature Center started its tree sales Monday, with more trees inbound to be prepared for …

Sow-ler power

Bright ideas can start from something small, and for 14-year-old Faith Baker of Cincannatus, that start came from wanting some animals of her own.Soon after she saved up enough money and bought some …

6 additional months to survey potential solar site

The city Common Council approved a lease extension Tuesday for a company proposing a solar power farm off South Pendleton Street. Nashville, Tennessee-based Davis Hill Development, LLC wants to …

If you teach a person to plant

To learn moreWHAT: Welcome to the spaceWHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 3WHERE: 3 South Ave., CortlandFEATURED: Cooking demonstrations, give-aways of gardening supplies and equipment.WHY: “The idea …

An opportunity to dream

An incessant clamor of shattering glass rang through the woods Friday at Lime Hollow Nature Center. Teens split firewood with axes and sifted through charcoal from wood they had burned earlier this …

Marathon’s Cooper Hill Maple taps into the holiday season

Marathon’s Cooper Hill Maple opened its doors Friday for a maple and gift weekend, offering sweet maple treats including maple syrup, maple cream and cotton candy before the holiday …

Cortlandville solar law discussion questionable

The Cortlandville Town Board met Monday in apparent violation of state law to discuss a proposal before the Cortland County Legislature to change the way tax breaks are approved for solar power …

Trinity Valley Dairy in Truxton hosts Halloween fun

The organizers of Trinity Valley’s season-ending festival Saturday advised dressing up — both to beat the cold and because dressing up at Halloween is fun. They didn’t need to worry …

Residents split on solar law

Cortland County residents were almost evenly divided Thursday on whether Cortland County should shift responsibility for negotiating property tax deals with commercial solar developers to its …

County reconsiders commercial solar law

The Cortland County Legislature may delegate its responsibility to negotiate commercial solar projects to the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency after the county has gone two years without …

Watching a forest in a mast year is something to go nuts about

Fall is here — think apple cider, doughnuts, pumpkins and most important the long drives through Central New York to see the beautiful, vibrant foliage.The reds and oranges of oaks and maples, …

Prime pickin'

The wind was brisk, but the sky was blue and the hills dappled in yellows and orange as people descended on Anderson’s Farm Market to pick pumpkins, bowl with apples and shop at vendors at the …

A tour of tradition and the future

Come for the corn maze. Stay for the robotic cow milking. Trinity Valley’s corn maze on Route 13 in Truxton helps people get lost for an hour or two, but on the other side is a chance to see …

FFA fair brings agriculture to Marathon students

Four Kune Kune pigs sat squealing in a small fenced enclosure as Marathon students as Faith Baker told the pigs’ story. “The Kune Kune are natural grazers,” said Baker, a …

3 farms get $500,000 to resist climate change

With the help of state grants, three Cortland County farmers hope to reduce their environmental effect and prepare for increasingly turbulent weather driven by climate change.  Gov. Kathy …

Trees marked at Dwyer Park for removal

People told Cortland County Legislator Linda Jones recently they worried that trees marked with paint at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York were destined for removal. They are. But there's …

Field Days introduce students to nature

Seven DeRuyter Middle School sixth-graders stood in a row Friday morning, their right feet on a long 4- by 4-inch wide wooden post, their left feet on a similar post parallel to the first. They …

The woodchucks win

They came to fight. They came dressed as woodchucks. Thirty years later, the people who stopped the state and federal governments from placing a low-level radioactive waste facility in Taylor …

Cover crops keep the field in place

Most of this summer has been hot and dry and, with that type of weather, the majority of crops are being harvested now. Agricultural fields tend to look barren, with plenty of bare soil and crop …

Overtime rule worries farmers

While a state proposal moves forward to lower the threshold at which farmers must pay overtime to workers, the labor market has already been pressuring the industry to move in that direction, a …

Dairy farmers boosted by record high payments for milk

A spike in milk prices paid to farmers in the past year — after years of depressed payments — is allowing them to pay off debt from the lean times, catch up on deferred maintenance and …

Still not a drought

Employees of Sherman Farm in Dryden were gathering freshly cut hay Thursday afternoon in a field off Route 13. It was a far cry from a month ago when abnormally dry weather rendered hay useless …

Gus Barn at Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortlandville will reopen next month as BOCES classroom space following a nearly four-month renovation funded, in part, with $100,000 in American Rescue Plan …

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