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First Aired - 09/19/2010 02:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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State #5: This week on Cutting the Curd Anne continues her State of Cheese series with New York State. Dean Sparks from Empire Organics joins Anne on air to talk about how to keep the quality of dairy high and the wages fair for everyone from the farmer to the distributor. Speaking on everything from simple eggs to value added dairy products, Dean stresses the importance of making sure everyone's markup is fair, so the farmers make a reasonable wage and the consumer pays a reasonable price. This episode was sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

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NYFoods, NY Organic Milk, Whole Foods Market, NYC Craft Beer Week, food tasting from 5-7pm, fair wage promise, keeping more money in the farmers pockets, what does it take to get from farm to table?, quality isn't always cheap, Dean knows what its like to farm 7 days a week and the struggles necessary to make good food, if everyone is reasonable about the markup they're taking the price will end up reasonable, working with Dean means making a decent living but not getting rich, a commitment first to the farms then to the retailers and distributors, growth in the farmers markets, value added cheese, if a farm doesn't encourage you to come visit something is wrong, farming is a lifestyle, 91% butterfat butter, the more stuff we need the more famers we need, growing volume and attention to the brand,

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First Aired - 02/18/2014 05:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Jimmy Carbone is discussing the state of beer in New York State! Jimmy is joined in the studio by the Beer Czar of New York, Sam Filler. Sam helps facilitate local beer production using regional grains and hops. Laurel Greyson of NYU and the Urban Farm Lab drops by to talk about her plans to open a local malting facility and distillery, and what that means for local drinkers. Davey Lopez of Gun Hill Brewery talks about his brewery, and how he started the first farm brewery in New York City. Later, Jimmy calls Pat Hooker, Deputy Secretary of New York State, to talk about the economic benefits of promoting local beer, wine, cider, and spirits. Paul Leone, the Executive Director of the New York State Brewer's Association, joins the program to talk about the boom in Craft New York Beer Fests. Steve Miller calls in to talk about the proper way to grow hops in New York! Thanks to our sponsor, GreatBrewers.com. Music by Hardbodies.

"Farmers have to feel comfortable growing these grains. A lot of these farmers are growing soybeans or corn, but we have to provide a market for them so they feel secure growing these products." [8:45]

-- Sam Filler on Beer Sessions Radio


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First Aired - 02/10/2010 05:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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What's happening to our farmland in NY? New York Director of The American Farmland Trust David Haight tells us on today's Heritage Report.
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Jack Inslee, Heather Hyman, Heritage Foods USA, Patrick Martins, David Haight, American Farmland Trust, The Heritage Report, Saratoga Springs, national membership organization, started 30 years ago, Peggy Rockefella, from the kitchen table to the congress, farmers, land owners, protecting land, local government, good guy lobbyists, Albany, Washington DC, what is considered to be farmland, urban garden, farm field, orchard land, pasture, livestock, land resources, food supply, a million acres of farmland are developed each year in America, there is a farm developed every three days in New York, three of the most threatened farm regions in the country are here in New York state, Long Island east end, rich soil, productive farms, how many people can we feed?, our seven million acres of farmland can feed 6 million people, it's a difficult farm economy right now, farm economics, you can make more money selling your land than growing crops, rooftop garden, urban gardening, Cornell University, community garden, where will we grow our food in the future, homegrown food supply, Roberta's,

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