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Agriculture is one of the most dynamic and innovative economic sectors in New York state.   In this series of reports, the Innovation Trail team will take you through some of the current challenges and opportunities facing upstate farmers.

Agriculture is one of the most dynamic and innovative economic sectors in New York state. In this series of reports, the Innovation Trail team will take you through some of the current challenges and opportunities facing upstate farmers.

Army cutbacks could impact on upstate communities and businesses, concerns over changes to the way the water levels in the Great Lakes are managed, and a powerful homeowners group in Syracuse wants to control how many student rentals there are in their neighborhood.

Army cutbacks could impact on upstate communities and businesses, concerns over changes to the way the water levels in the Great Lakes are managed, and a powerful homeowners group in Syracuse wants to control how many student rentals there are in their neighborhood.

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Amish dairy farmers work with Agri-Mark to get milk to market

In this first report, Matt Richmond examines the goals of that plan, known as the Energy Highway Blueprint.

In this first report, Matt Richmond examines the goals of that plan, known as the Energy Highway Blueprint.

A new 2.2 billion transmission project will deliver 1,000 megawatts of electricity to New York City, and in this report, Sarah Harris travels north of the US border and begins her report where that power begins…

A new billion transmission project will deliver megawatts of electricity to New York City, and in this report, Sarah Harris travels north of the US border and begins her report where that power begins…

In this report Kate O’Connell visits one power plant caught in a changing energy landscape. New York’s home to some of the oldest power facilities in the U.S. Add in stricter emissions regulations introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the result is tough conditions for coal-fired plants...

In this report Kate O’Connell visits one power plant caught in a changing energy landscape. New York’s home to some of the oldest power facilities in the U.S. Add in stricter emissions regulations introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the result is tough conditions for coal-fired plants...

Integral to the state’s Energy Highway Blueprint is a one billion dollar ‘Green Bank’, a fund to support the ongoing development of renewable energy technologies. It’s only the second fund of this kind in the country and Ryan Delaney has the details.

Integral to the state’s Energy Highway Blueprint is a one billion dollar ‘Green Bank’, a fund to support the ongoing development of renewable energy technologies. It’s only the second fund of this kind in the country and Ryan Delaney has the details.

In mid-2012, the NY-Sun initiative was launched to make solar power in the state more affordable.

In mid-2012, the NY-Sun initiative was launched to make solar power in the state more affordable.

If you're buying a gun, chances are you can find what you want at big box stores like Gander Mountain, Dicks, and Walmart. But New York state is also home to over 1800 small gun retailers. Sarah Harris visited two North Country businesses who are trying to adjust to the state's new gun laws as part of the Innovation Trail's reporting focus on guns and economics in New York state.

If you're buying a gun, chances are you can find what you want at big box stores like Gander Mountain, Dicks, and Walmart. But New York state is also home to over 1800 small gun retailers. Sarah Harris visited two North Country businesses who are trying to adjust to the state's new gun laws as part of the Innovation Trail's reporting focus on guns and economics in New York state.

The gun control debate has reached a new pitch following the passing of the SAFE Act in New York state. For this story, one in a series on guns in our economy and culture, the Innovation Trail's Joanna Richards looks at how the Army and soldiers handle weapons, to see if any lessons can be gleaned to inform the civilian debate.

The gun control debate has reached a new pitch following the passing of the SAFE Act in New York state. For this story, one in a series on guns in our economy and culture, the Innovation Trail's Joanna Richards looks at how the Army and soldiers handle weapons, to see if any lessons can be gleaned to inform the civilian debate.

Every year, New York state gives out millions in tax incentives, loans and economic development grants to the private sector. Every state does it, and New York has little choice if it wants to prevent companies from leaving, but additional attention is now being paid to the incentives going to the state's gun industry.

Every year, New York state gives out millions in tax incentives, loans and economic development grants to the private sector.

When New York state passed "the toughest gun control laws in the nation" on Jan. 15, concern arose in a small upstate New York town built around a gun manufacturing company.

When New York state passed "the toughest gun control laws in the nation" on Jan. concern arose in a small upstate New York town built around a gun manufacturing company.

Gun manufacturers walk a fine line between catering to a demand for traditional weapons, and the need to remain abreast pf the technological developments that other industries are seeing. The Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell takes a look at the history of innovation in the gun business, and what its future might hold. This series is produced in partnership with wnyc.org

Gun manufacturers walk a fine line between catering to a demand for traditional weapons, and the need to remain abreast of the technological developments

It doesn’t take a mountain of data and painstaking research to figure out that firefighter’s gear makes the person carrying it sore. But besides the predictable neck and back pain that results from carrying an air tank, Park says the body responds to weight in some other, less obvious ways.

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In this edition: Using your mobile phone to track disease 'hot spots', residents of Watertown in the state's North Country are dealing with what they say is the legacy of their community's industrial past, and Ryan Delaney reports from Syracuse on how a major hospital is investing in more than just healthcare.

In this edition: Using your mobile phone to track disease 'hot spots', residents of Watertown in the state's North Country are dealing with what they say is the legacy of their community's industrial past, and Ryan Delaney reports from Syracuse on how a major hospital is investing in more than just healthcare.