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NCPR News Staff: Innovation Trail

The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting about New York's innovation economy.

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Archive Photo of the Day: Shelly Pike, Canton NY.
Archive Photo of the Day: Shelly Pike, Canton NY.

Final Senate vote expected on Farm Bill

The 2013 Farm Bill is expected to get a final vote in the US Senate Monday evening. It's a thousand-page document detailing a host of policies, from conservation to business development. According to the National Farmers Union, more than 75 percent of the bill will support food stamps, and food assistance abroad.

The bill includes an amendment introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer he says will help the state's dairy farmers supply a fast-growing yogurt industry.  Go to full article
Image: NYS Senate
Image: NYS Senate

Bill encourages green homes

The state Senate has approved a bill to encourage construction of green homes in the state.

It would allow municipalities to decide if they want to give a 20-year, 35-percent tax exemption to people who want to build a green home.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

Farmers and foodies say fracking's a threat

Farmers and foodies are urging Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State right away. The groups argue fracking is a threat to the state's agricultural viability.  Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris

Report: NY's energy could near 100% renewable by 2030

A recent study from Cornell and Stanford universities outlines a scenario that would see New York State generating all its energy from renewable sources by year 2030.

Cornell University Professor Tony Ingraffea co-authored the study. The basic question researchers considered was whether New York could do without energy from fossil fuels in the near future. The answer, he says, is yes.  Go to full article

NY gunowners to NRA: sign us up!

New York gun owners are fighting back against the state's new gun control law. WNYC's Robert Lewis has been following the story, which took him to a gun show in Albany.  Go to full article

Video: Gun law reactions at the NYS Arms Collectors Association gun show in Albany

Organizers of the New York State Arms Collectors Association annual gun show say they saw a slightly bigger crowd in 2013 in the wake of a new gun control law passed in New York and potential changes at the federal level. Video courtesy of New York NOW and the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

Researchers study personalized light therapy

We're heading into some of the darkest days of the calendar year. It's an especially challenging time for people who have trouble adjusting to the increasing dark.

The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick explains that research into our individual cycle of sleeping and waking at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy may help.  Go to full article
Screenshots of Kodak iPhone app
Screenshots of Kodak iPhone app

Kodak uses new digital app to support legacy tech: film

Kodak has launched a free digital application to help photography enthusiasts in the U.S and Europe work more easily with film.

Kodak officials say they hope the app will attract a new generation of users to their legacy technology.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Panel says fracking would help boost upstate

A meeting of upstate Chambers of Commerce has come out strongly in support of hydrofracking in new York.

As the Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell reports, panelists meeting in Rochester believe the controversial process will eventually be approved and that New York is in a good position to benefit.  Go to full article

Report shows polarization in NYS job market

A new report from the New York Federal Reserve shows that advances in technology and globalization mean job opportunities are growing in high skill sectors like engineering, and also in lower skill sectors like childcare. But opportunities in between are declining.  Go to full article

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