agriculture

KNOX — An ever-reliable source of holiday good cheer — and of some fine-looking Christmas trees, mainly spruce —  will be sadly missed this Christmas of 2016.

Stephen Wilson, who has kept bees for about 40 years, was given a Beekeeper of the Year Award in part because of his efforts to raise funds to protect honeybees and place a faculty member in Cornell’s entomology department.

GUILDERLAND — The holiday season is fast approaching, and Earl MacIntosh has been preparing for its arrival.

Two female farmers are squaring off in the town’s only election. Laura Ten Eyck and Ally Moreau are both making their first run for elected office.

Floods caused severe damage in localized areas of Albany and Schoharie counties during the Memorial Day weekend.

Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program administered by the Schoharie-Albany-Schenectady County Farm Service Agency.

Steeped in a tradition of sustainable farming, Shannon Hayes is schooling her daughters at home while helping them turn outward to serve the community in a café that offers wholesome fare based on recipes in her cookbook.

District administrators and teachers are hoping that two agricultural courses will eventually lead to the development of a complete agricultural-science course sequence.

An amendment to New Scotland’s zoning code changed the requirement of a special-use permit for agricultural activity outside of the agricultural district from those on five acres or less of property to those on seven acres or less.

A judge reached deep into one bag of fleece and then another, fingering the fibers as she marked a score sheet.

The manager of Indian Ladder Farms says apple prices won’t increase because of new federal regulations for handling pesticides; the farm is already following most of the protocols.

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