Frigid Winter, Unseasonably Cool Spring Stunting Local CropsOn Long Island - where early crops are normally going strong this time of year - there are delays that will soon impact prices.
Eastern Long Island Deer-Culling Program Scaled Back After Stiff OppositionAn ambitious plan to eliminate about 10 percent of the estimated 30,000 white-tailed deer inundating eastern Long Island has been severely scaled back.
Federal Sharpshooters To Help Control Deer Population On L.I.'s East EndAs 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.
Fruit Flies Damaging Long Island Berry Crops, Could Cause Price HikeConsumers 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.
Heat Wave Could Damage Crops, Impact Prices For Local ProduceThis 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.
Long Island Sod Rolled Out At Yankee Stadium, Citi FieldLong Island Farm Bureau executive director Joe Gergela said there are thousands of acres of sod growing on Long Island.
Months Later, Hurricane Sandy Now Putting Long Island Farm Industry In DangerHurricane Sandy is taking an unexpected toll on local crops, and it could lead to higher prices at grocery stores.
Immigration And Economy Focus Of Long Island ForumA strong Long Island economy is dependent on a immigrant workforce, according to Joe Gergela of the Long Island Farm Bureau.
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.
Expect Fewer Pumpkins From Long Island For This HalloweenLong 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.
Farming And Science Team Up On Long IslandA $3.5 million state grant has been secured to create the new Agriculture Consumer Science Center at the Calverton Business Incubator.