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All the trimmings close to home

Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients

A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.

State OKs farm ‘tax cap’

Agricultural land assessments held to 2 percent increase annually

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 22, capping agricultural land assessments at 2 percent annually. The measure aims to offer a more stable and predictable tax climate for the state’s agricultural industry.

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Tradition gets its own recognition

Altamont Fair’s museums are the star attraction for volunteers, history lovers

Every year, the Altamont Fair draws thousands of people with its flashier facets, from the newest rides to a destructive demolition derby. But for a slew of volunteers, the main attraction is one that flings you back in time.

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The apples are on

Growers say it’s back to business after last year’s poor apple crop

The New York State Apple Association is expecting the upcoming yield of the state’s official fruit to be strong given “near-perfect” growing conditions bolstered production to typical levels.

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All’s fair in Altamont

Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats

The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.

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Family focus at Menands market

Event to feature hayrides, raffles, music, fresh produce and more

Spotlight News will once again be sponsoring Family Day at the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands.

Farmers push for property tax relief

Farm Bureau wants to see land assessments capped at 2 percent

Agricultural advocates are concerned spiraling land values are discouraging industry growth in the Empire State.

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Growing green habits

Family-friendly Go Green Day to feature recycling, demos, good eats

Go Green Day 2013 will be held Saturday, April 27, at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. Several area groups worked together to create the educational event and recycling drop off, along with opportunities to donate a variety of items to local causes and organizations.

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Teen takes award-winning journey

Loudonville student’s photograph takes top honors in Nat Geo contest

Jeffrey Hafner Endler decided to submit a photograph to the National Geographic Kids International Photo Contest, for which aspiring photographers aged 6 to 14 are eligible. This past December, he was awarded first place in the “People” category in the U.S. division of the contest.

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Slim pickings for orchards

Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season

Although a late frost in the spring has damaged a large portion of the area’s apple crops, local growers are still urging families to keep their annual tradition of visiting an apple farm this fall.

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Remembering Irene one year later - Photo Galleries

One year ago this week the Capital District face severe flooding from tropical storm Irene. Spotlight photographers documented what happened. Take a look back.

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Rail trail section to open thanks to volunteers

Albany County lends moral support

New Scotland and Voorheesville residents will soon be able to traverse a new section of the Albany County Rail Trail thanks to the help of local officials and members of the community.

Albany County FSA to close

Office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

County FSA office to close

Albany office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

Newly proposed farm regs withdrawn

Recently proposed the Department of Labor regulations limiting the roles of minors working on farms have been withdrawn as of April 26.

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