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Coping with the pandemic and new ag worker labor standards, local farmers worry state may now lower threshold for overtime pay

Lowering the threshold for time-and-a-half overtime pay below 60 hours a week could devastate local farms already reeling from the effects of the COVID pandemic, local farmers told state lawmakers yesterday.

State lawmakers pass sweeping farm labor legislation

The New York State Legislature yesterday approved sweeping farm labor legislation that would give farmworkers the same employment rights as workers in other industries.

State appellate court rules N.Y. farmworkers have ‘fundamental right’ to unionize

In a 4-1 decision, an Appellate Division panel ruled “unconstitutional as a matter of law” the exclusion of farmworkers in the state labor law provisions granting employees the right to organize and bargain collectively.

Group honors Lyle Wells’ passion for agriculture with offer of $5,000 grant for innovative farmers

“Always one to get ahead of the curve, he was constantly searching for ways to push the envelope with new crops to the area, farming techniques or innovative distribution networks,” the Lyle C. Wells Passion for Agriculture said. A $5,000 grant will be awarded to an existing or new Long Island farmer committed to these causes.

Local farming community grows wary of government shutdown impacts

The potential for the federal government shutdown to disrupt the H2A temporary visa program concerns local farmers. The shutdown is also impacting the ability of farmers to apply for loans, insurance and grants.

Jamesport Farm Brewery planned for Sound Ave. farm growing hops and barley

Riverhead Town’s first farm brewery to grow its own hops and barley is in the works for a farm on Sound Avenue in Jamesport. Jamesport...
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Greg Blass Agriculture is the lifeblood of our economy — and our future

Why all East End residents need to embrace local agriculture, support it and promote it.
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One of New York’s largest hop farms takes root in Mattituck, aiming to serve the region’s expanding craft brewing industry

Two old friends who share a love of craft beer are establishing a 20-acre hop farm on the North Fork that represents nearly 10 percent of all the acreage currently devoted to commercial hop production in New York State.

Twenty-two acres of farmland on Sound Avenue preserved by county purchase

Suffolk County legislators Tuesday approved the purchase of development rights on 22.1 acres of farmland on the northwest corner of Sound and Roanoke avenues in Riverhead.
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New farm stand code adopted: allows up to 40 percent ‘regionally grown’ produce, reduces minimum lot size

A new code regulating farm stands was unanimously adopted yesterday by the Riverhead Town Board over the opposition of civic groups and residents who argue that it will have unintended consequences that may change the rural landscape of Riverhead Town.
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