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you really have to provide some type of insurance protection when feed costs go up or when milk prices come down significantly

New insurance program for dairy farmers

Starting next week, dairy producers can sign up for the USDA's new insurance plan. It's called the margin protection program, it's part of the farm bill passed earlier this year and it's designed to help smaller producers weather the ups and downs of milk and feed prices.  Go to full article
The creation of energy plans for NY cities is one measure of of the program. Pictured; Buffalo, NY. <a href=" <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Doug Kerr</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved">John Peircy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Energy efficiency saves NY state, cities $4M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Energy efficiency programs are leading to big savings for state and local governments in New York state.

The New York Power Authority reported Wednesday that $4 million has been saved in the first six months of 2014 after efficiency programs were implemented at 100 state and municipal facilities.  Go to full article
Soldiers of the Third Brigade Combat Team leave the field. Photo: Natasha Haverty

As Ft. Drum closes down one brigade, what's next for the base?

Earlier this month, the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team cased its colors for the last time. There are 3,500 soldiers in the unit. This inactivation comes as part of reductions the Pentagon announced last year. But it's still not clear what's planned for Fort Drum, the region's biggest economic driver.

The Pentagon plans to reduce the size of the Army by another 70,000 soldiers over three years. But it remains unclear which bases will endure those cuts.

Senator Chuck Schumer came to Watertown, New York, last spring to assure the community Fort Drum has "a glowing future." He said, "The 10th Mountain Division is exactly the kind of highly trained, nimble and tactical unit the Army wants to be the new standard for all our Armed Forces. Fort Drum should be at the epicenter of our country's future military."

But people around the base are anxious this month's inactivation ceremony was just the beginning of more downsizing.  Go to full article
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe

Heard Up North: a summer of hot-dogs at Prescott's harbor

For some teenagers it's been a summer of camp counseling, babysitting, or mowing lawns. An Ontario teen is finding out food can be a direct path to some extra spending money....  Go to full article
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack<br>Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/celtico/4789746688/">mikescottnz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ag Secretary Vilsack visiting Vermont on Thursday

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is visiting Vermont on Thursday to discuss funding related to improving water quality...  Go to full article
GE offices in Schenectady, NY, where the company was founded. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/87587278@N00/3581295898/">Chuck Miller</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GE opens fuel cell facility in upstate New York

MALTA, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.

The facility in Malta that opened Tuesday will...  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo at the dedication of the rebuilt firehouse in Upper Jay. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Cuomo dedicates new firehouse in Upper Jay

Three years ago, Hurricane Irene ripped through the New York's eastern Adirondacks destroying roads, homes, and the fire station in the town of Jay. Accroding to fire chief...  Go to full article
The North Country's traditional above-ground electrical grid is vulnerable in winter weather. Photo: Joanna Richards

New York creates $40M energy technology contest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state will hold a $40 million competition designed to spur research and development of independent power grids that would allow local communities...  Go to full article
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

McKibben: New York state should get out of the oil business

Oil tanker trains have become a major issue in the North Country. Now, Vermont-based environmental activist Bill McKibben, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, is...  Go to full article
David Acker, CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Martha Foley

Coming now: the future of health care in the North Country

In December, New York's health department commissioned a thorough assessment of the North Country's health care system.

The report in April had lots of bad news:...  Go to full article

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