As high schoolers graduate and head off to college, they may soon begin racking up college debt. But farming may provide an opportunity to alleviate student debt in New York State.

A survey of farmers in the Helderberg Hilltowns will be conducted by the Hill and Mountain Farming Project at the Carey Institute in Rensselaerville over the course of this month.

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.


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