Farmers say farming is a gamble and 2012 has not brought in a jackpot. A report in this week's Business First says record high temperatures in March lead to early blooms, followed by devastating frosts in April. A federal disaster declaration is in place, but some farmers that doesn't really help. They are trying to pay the bills this year and hoping for a better year next year. The report says most fruit crops are down this year, especially cherries. Farmers say they're getting small percentages of their usual crop. Becker Farms lost 70% of its apple crop and is now counting on tourism attractions at the farm to balance the books.
A Clarence company is cooking up publicity for Paula Deen. The Nanco Group has a deal with Paula Deen to create a new line of food items. A report in this week's Business First says Paula Deen Foods will be sold in major supermarkets across the country. Right now, they are working out which items will be produced and how they will be packaged. They should be on store shelves in the early part of next year. The report says Nanco beat out other competitors to land the job.