New York Farm Bureau News Bytes

by New York Farm Bureau

You're seeking new ways to stay up-to-date in the ever changing agricultural world, but it's not always easy to find reliable news sources. Each week we bring you the issues affecting New York farmers and strive to keep you informed about what you need to know! Keep up with current events and get your weekly updates with focused and curated news headlines.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 3

  • #9: Interview with Deanna Fox CEO New York Farm Bureau - 06-20-2024

    #9: Interview with Deanna Fox CEO New York Farm Bureau - 06-20-2024

    In this episode of New York Farm Bureau News Bytes, we sit down with Deanna Fox, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Deanna shares her personal connection to agriculture and discusses her vision for leading the New York Farm Bureau. With a background in journalism, public affairs, and communications, Deanna brings a unique perspective to the role. She emphasizes the importance of listening to members, advocating for policies that support New York agriculture, and inspiring the next generation of farmers. Deanna also highlights the value of Farm Bureau membership, which extends beyond advocacy to include networking opportunities and resources. She encourages members to engage with the organization and share their ideas and concerns.

  • #8: Interview with Phillip Grant from Hunts Point Produce Market - 06-6-2024

    #8: Interview with Phillip Grant from Hunts Point Produce Market - 06-6-2024

    In this episode, we talk with Phillip Grant, CEO of the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx. Hunts Point is one of the largest produce distribution hubs in the world, feeding millions of people daily in New York City and the surrounding region. Phillip discusses the inner workings of this massive market, including how produce comes from farmers across New York state, the U.S., and 49 other countries. He shares details about the market's $600 million redevelopment plan to expand capacity by 30% and make it easier for local farmers to get their products into the New York metro area. The conversation highlights the importance of the relationship between the market and New York's agricultural community. Phillip emphasizes his efforts to strengthen ties with farmers and NY Farm Bureau as the revitalized Hunts Point aims to increase its share of locally-grown produce from the current 10% level.

  • #7: Interview with Kristen Almer from RideSafe Foundation on ATV Safety - 05-23-2024

    #7: Interview with Kristen Almer from RideSafe Foundation on ATV Safety - 05-23-2024

    In this episode of the News Bytes podcast, Kristen Almer, from the Ride Safe Foundation, shares her nephew Logan's heartbreaking story - how in just 3 minutes, the 11-year-old's life was tragically cut short in an ATV accident. She has worked in motorsports industry for three decades and understands why safety is paramount. Her emotional recounting, paired with staggering statistics on child fatalities, will make you re-think where you keep your ATV's key. Kristen reveals the common hazards that lead to these preventable tragedies and simple steps ALL parents and farmers must take to keep loved ones safe around these vehicles. 0:00 - Intro and overview of ATV safety issue 2:15 - Kristen Ulmer's background in motorsports industry 4:40 - The tragic story of Kristen's nephew Logan's fatal ATV accident 11:20 - Sobering statistics on child ATV fatalities and injuries 15:50 - Common factors in child ATV accidents (no helmets, improper machine size, rollovers, etc.) 22:15 - Safety precautions - securing keys, safety gear, training, not riding alone 27:40 - The mission of the Ride Safe Foundation 31:05 - Partnering with Nationwide Insurance to promote ATV safety education 33:20 - How listeners can get involved and access safety resources 36:00 - Kristen's passionate call-to-action to prioritize ATV safety 38:20 - Concluding thoughts and outro

  • #6: Interview with Jessica Henesy on the Taste of NY Program - 05-9-2024

    #6: Interview with Jessica Henesy on the Taste of NY Program - 05-9-2024

    In this episode of the NYFB News Bytes Podcast we explore the highly successful Taste New York program. We sit down with Jessica Henesy from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to discuss how Taste NY has grown over its 10 years to promote New York's diverse agricultural products. Learn about the program's $100 million economic impact by connecting consumers to local farms and food businesses. Jessica shares inspiring success stories and highlights plans for Taste NY to further support producers through resources like product development and marketing.

  • #5: Interview with Jared Buono on the Hudson Valley Research Lab - 04-25-2024

    #5: Interview with Jared Buono on the Hudson Valley Research Lab - 04-25-2024

    In this episode, we, talk with Jared Buono, Director of the Hudson Valley Research Lab and the critical role that agricultural research plays in helping farmers adopt new technologies, methods, and practices to improve sustainability, efficiency, and resilience. Buono provides insights into the lab's work on addressing issues like invasive species, plant diseases, and the impacts of climate change. He also highlights exciting projects like integrating solar panels into apple orchards and developing new crop varieties suited for the region's conditions. This fascinating conversation underscores the importance of continued investment in agricultural research to drive innovation and ensure a viable food system for New York and beyond.