Ag/Environmen

The colors that bloom in the fall: Your guide to leaf-peeping

Enjoying the colors of autumn is one of the many highlights of living in the Northeast during this time of year. Vibrant hues of the rainbow paint a landscape that draws color enthusiasts to the …

Parts of the Adirondacks are approaching the midpoint of leaf transition, and areas from Long Island to Western New York are beginning to see their first significant color changes, volunteers …

Land trust buys 110 acres to conserve shoreline, habitats

LANSING – Dozens of acres of woodland and meadows, formerly a dairy farm and golf course, are flush with greenery and shoreline access to Cayuga Lake – and soon, it will be open to the …

The federal government’s announcement Wednesday that it will send free COVID test kits to anyone who asks, starting Monday, comes as Tompkins County’s top public health officials warn of …

After the crops are harvested, farmers can keep field covered

As fall approaches, the farms are starting to harvest corn. You have likely noticed some farms opening fields and chopping their corn crop. Some farms, after the harvest, will plant another crop …

'We want people to get out there'

 

Apple orchard loses crop to May freeze

LOCKE – Cider is being pressed today at Grisamore Farms, but not the farm’s apples. A May freeze devastated nearly all of its crops. The orchard will sell apples, too, but you …

The Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District will have its 27th annual Cortland County River Clean-Up on Sept. 30 along the many streams, lakes, and ponds in Cortland County, the agency …

Living alongside climate change

Have a project idea? The state Department of Environmental Conservation is surveying New Yorkers on how they’d like to see the Environmental Bond Act funds spent. It is not a call for …

GROTON — Old Chatham Creamery in Groton won two gold medals, a silver and an award of excellence for its dairy products at the New York State Fair, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday. …

‘Why not benefit our farmers?’

Cortland County farmers – and the businesses that support them – could see a harvest of profit as the state enacts a requirement that state agencies that buy food must buy 30% of it from …

What’s in a barn? A lot of practical history

When driving through the hills and valleys of Central New York, one can expect to see old barns around every corner. These 100- and 150-year-old hand-hewn structures have hundreds of untold stories, …

Today: Cortland County Junior Fair continues through Sunday at the Cortland County Fairgrounds, Cortlandville. MAIN STREET MUSIC SERIES Shows start at 6 p.m. …

Region’s tick-borne diseases require precautions

The warm weeks ahead will bring more opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreational sports, gardening, and family gatherings. They also bring a higher risk for contracting tick-borne infections …

Trinity Valley Dairy to up production, move storefront

For updates on Trinity Valley and its new location, follow facebook.com/trinityvalleydairy/ Trinity Valley Dairy has announced that its storefront will remain closed this year in preparation for a …

County landfill on its last cell, 13 years until closure

Thirteen years of space remain in the last cell at the Cortland County landfill — and county legislators will soon have to decide what’s next. Highway Superintendent Charlie Sudbrink said …

It’s Invasive Species Awareness Week!

The summer is the time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. As the temperature rises, some will enjoy the water. Water bodies in Cortland County are home to many aquatic species. However, a growing …

Tonight's Dairy Parade cancelled

A thick haze and the scent of burning wood swept through Cortland Tuesday, carried on northerly winds from Quebec and Ontario as wildfires continued to rage just over Canada’s southern …

Dairy Rodeo to teach showmanship skills

Twenty children and their parents looked on and asked questions from the metal bleachers Saturday in the shade of a pavilion at the Cortland County Junior Fairgrounds as Zoie Skinner led her brown …

For many of us, our reflex reaction when we see anything even slightly resembling a bee is to swat it away from us, maybe run? Well, the truth is that bees should be celebrated h— and they …

‘If you didn’t plant 20 years ago, start today’

City officials plan to reforest an area inside a deer enclosure near a pond at the Cortland Waterworks, where dying trees were removed last year, and have sought suggestions from a city commission to …

Ten student groups compete in yearly Envirothon at 4-H camp

This wasn’t your typical science quiz. The ten teams had to test water quality; they identified animal species by pelt and skull; they identified trees; and they faced down a team of judges …

It’s drinking water week, here's what it takes to get it to you

This week is Drinking Water Week. The American Water Works Association and communities across the nation are celebrating the value of water and the critical role it plays in our daily lives. Like the …

NYSEG hops on environmentalist bandwagon

If you drive alongside power lines in Cortland County this summer, you’re likely to see tall tufts of grass speckled with wildflowers gathered around the wooden utility poles they string …

It's spring: Beware of slow-moving farm vehicles

For rural road safety tips, go to https://tinyurl.com/29uuuj4k. Cortland County has always been influenced by our long-standing agricultural roots. As spring field work and planting begins we will …

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