Long Island Farm Bureau

The asparagus crop is coming in late on Long Island following cooler than normal spring (credit: CBS 2)

Frigid Winter, Unseasonably Cool Spring Stunting Local Crops

On Long Island – where early crops are normally going strong this time of year – there are delays that will soon impact prices.

05/05/2014

A white-tailed deer (credit: Getty Images)

Eastern Long Island Deer-Culling Program Scaled Back After Stiff Opposition

An ambitious plan to eliminate about 10 percent of the estimated 30,000 white-tailed deer inundating eastern Long Island has been severely scaled back.

02/05/2014

Deer (file/credit: Clipart)

Federal Sharpshooters To Help Control Deer Population On L.I.’s East End

As many as 3,000 deer will be killed during the hunt, which begins in February. Officials said the overpopulation has been blamed for the spread of Lyme disease, damage to crops and car accidents.

12/10/2013

Fruit flies swarm a piece of fruit (credit: CBS 2)

Fruit Flies Damaging Long Island Berry Crops, Could Cause Price Hike

Consumers in the New York area are now on alert after the Asian fruit fly that first caused millions of dollars in damage to the cherry harvest in the west has made its way east via wind currents.

09/10/2013

Sun beats down on crops on Long Island (credit: CBS 2)

Heat Wave Could Damage Crops, Impact Prices For Local Produce

This has been an especially tough growing year. The spring growing season was stunted due to cool temperatures and rain, and now a week long unrelenting burst of humid heat is taxing fields and farm stands across the East End.

07/16/2013

Yankee Stadium 2012 Home Opener(credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

Long Island Sod Rolled Out At Yankee Stadium, Citi Field

Long Island Farm Bureau executive director Joe Gergela said there are thousands of acres of sod growing on Long Island.

04/01/2013

Farms on Long Island are struggling to overcome the saltwater left behind in the soil. Many are fearful of some crops being wiped out. (Photo: CBS 2)

Months Later, Hurricane Sandy Now Putting Long Island Farm Industry In Danger

Hurricane Sandy is taking an unexpected toll on local crops, and it could lead to higher prices at grocery stores.

03/12/2013

Immigrants take the oath of citizenship in Newark (file / credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Immigration And Economy Focus Of Long Island Forum

A strong Long Island economy is dependent on a immigrant workforce, according to Joe Gergela of the Long Island Farm Bureau.

03/12/2013

(file photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Pumpkin Season Looking Good On Long Island

Frank Beyrodt, president of the Long Island Farm Bureau, said the right mix of rain and sunshine over the summer has produced a lot of big, healthy pumpkins.

09/17/2012

Pumpkin (file / credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Expect Fewer Pumpkins From Long Island For This Halloween

Long Island’s all important East End agriculture industry has been hit hard by all this rain and stormy weather of late, and that is bad news for those who want a locally grown pumpkin for this Halloween.

09/23/2011

Calverton Business Incubator at Stony Brook University - Calverton, NY - File / Photo: Stony Brook University

Farming And Science Team Up On Long Island

A $3.5 million state grant has been secured to create the new Agriculture Consumer Science Center at the Calverton Business Incubator.

10/29/2010