Steve Bellone speaking with area farmers last Wednesday in Calverton. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
County Executive Steve Bellone is in the process of forming a working group that will be tasked with pushing a vision for a skilled agricultural work force that’s trained and educated right here in Suffolk County.
The idea arose during a meeting Mr. Bellone had with farmers last week at Ivy Acres nurseries in Calverton under the notion that high school and college students shouldn’t have to travel far to study for jobs that are available in an industry already well-established in the county. (more…)
The Reeve Farm’s farmstand on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Imagine a working farm on or near the campus of a college or university, where students of agriculture and natural resources daily apply their growing knowledge of science and technology. Imagine, on this same property, adjoining labs and classrooms where students and professors conduct soil research and engineering tests or study the habits of local insects and wildlife. Perhaps the owners and employees of nearby farms also serve as mentors through student internship programs.
Now imagine such a facility right here in Suffolk County. (more…)
Mark Zaweski (Credit: Courtesy Photo)
The Long Island Bureau is honoring Mark Zaweski — a fourth generation farmer and owner of MKZ Farms in Jamesport — with its Amherst Davis Memorial Farmer Citizen of the Year Award for 2014. (more…)
Daniel Gilrein (Credit: Courtesy Photo)
The Long Island Farm Bureau is honoring Daniel Gilrein — an entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County — with its Long Island Farm Bureau Citizen Award for 2014. (more…)
(Credit: Jim Colligan, file)
TOWNS OUT IN FRONT
Over the last six months, a plan to hire federal sharpshooters to thin the white-tailed deer herd across the East End has divided many in our communities — and has unexpectedly united hunters with those who hope to protect the deer.
The letters in this newspaper probably illustrate those divisions better than anything else. (more…)
USDA sharpshooters reportedly started culling the deer herd on private land early last week. (Credit: Mike Tessitore/Hunters for Deer)
After recent litigation against Southold Town was dismissed, opponents of a plan to cull deer on the East End using U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters — a plan that’s already underway — now intend to take the state Department of Environmental Conservation to court for allowing the program to move forward. (more…)
After months of debate and a failed lawsuit filed by opponents of the plan, a deer cull kicked off this week across multiple private properties on eastern Long Island, as parcels in Southold, Riverhead and Southampton have received state approval for the hunt.
A source familiar with the operation said the sharpshooters started working Riverhead Monday.
Carrie Miller photo | Local farmers will continue to benefit from an updated farm bill.
North Fork farmers who have waited nearly two years for the passage of an updated farm bill say that if the president signs the measure passed this week by Congress, they stand to benefit from many of the same subsidy programs they have in the past — as well as new initiatives aimed at expanding crop insurance and farm-to-consumer marketing. (more…)