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What's out - and what's next - for the farm bill

Yesterday when you woke up, you may not have felt different. But farm country did. The federal farm bill expired because Congress wasn't able to pass a new one by the September 30th deadline.

The farm bill is huge. It funds everything from food stamps to wetlands restoration to school nutrition - in addition to helping to pay for commodities like corn, soybeans, milk, and cheese.

So now that there's no farm bill, it's hard to know what's changed. David Sommerstein joins us to sort through it all.  Go to full article
Dr. Ronald Goldfarb. Photo provided by Trudeau Institute

Trudeau Institute hires new CEO

The Trudeau Institute has hired a new president and CEO to lead the bio-research lab in Saranac Lake. Dr. Ronald Goldfarb took the top job at the facility this week. He takes over after more than a year of turmoil and uncertainty at the lab.  Go to full article

USDA loan will help slaughterhouse to open in the Adirondacks

A new company in Ticonderoga has qualified for a Federal loan of $900,000 to help start a new slaughterhouse that would serve farmers in the North Country. The guaranteed loan from the US Department of Agriculture would help with construction and new equipment for the facility.

Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh said the project would be a "tremendous step forward" for local farmers. In recent years, farmers in the region have struggled to find meat processing facilities close to their operations.

Currently, the only USDA certified slaughterhouses in the North Country are located in St. Lawrence and Saratoga counties. According to Owens, the Adirondack Meat Company would employ 15 people and would be the first located in the Park.  Go to full article
Tom Catillaz (left) and Bob Bevilacqua. Photos courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Airport the focus in Harrietstown race

While races for president, Congress, Assembly and other offices are sure to draw voters to the polls next month, a local campaign in the Saranac Lake area has also been...  Go to full article
A hydro fracking site. Photo: Innovation Trail

More questions about NYS hydro fracking review

The Cuomo Administration has announced two developments that could delay the start of hydro fracking in New York.

First came news of a review of health impacts....  Go to full article
A drillpad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Marie Cusick for Innovation Trail

Scientists set baseline for pre-fracking water quality

Two Syracuse University geology professors - along with a graduate assistant or two - are hurrying to collect water samples from drinking wells in the Southern Tier before -...  Go to full article
One of the Ton-Da-Lay architectural drawings from 1972.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Remembering Ton-Da-Lay

Andy Flynn visited the Adirondack Museum to look at architectural drawings for Ton-Da-Lay, a development in the town of Altamont, now Tupper Lake, that was proposed in the...  Go to full article