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The by-product of all these kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer has to go somewhere. Photo: David Sommerstein
The by-product of all these kegs of St. Lawrence Brewery beer has to go somewhere. Photo: David Sommerstein

Brewers toast to revised spent grains plan

Beer makers across the country are raising a glass, as the Food and Drug Administration is backing away from a plan to restrict what brewers do with beer's main by-product.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50546088@N00/7212923168/">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.

Chobani secures $750M investment from TPG

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (AP) Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital to help fund its growth.

The privately-held food company said Wednesday that as part of the deal, TPG will have representation on the company's board. Additionally, Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya will serve as its chairman.  Go to full article
Spent Grain Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/span112/2306070622">Kelly Teague</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer calls on FDA to drop spent grain proposal

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer will be at a western New York brewery to call on the federal government to drop a proposal that has the nation's craft beer brewers up in arms.

Schumer will be at the Rohrbach Brewing Co. brewery in Rochester today to call on the Food and Drug Administration to ditch a proposal he says will make it too expensive for brewers to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.  Go to full article
A farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wdwbarber/2943933431/">Bill Barber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario farmland continues to soar in value

There has been another healthy increase in the value of Ontario farmland.

Farm Credit Canada's "Farmland Values Report" says the average value of farmland in the...  Go to full article
Brett McLeod over the evaporator. Photo: Sarah Harris

Too cold? Too warm? Hitting the sweet spot for maple

Continuing deep cold through the end of March had maple producers worrying if they'd have a season at all this year.

But remember two years ago, when it felt like...  Go to full article
Inside, the growing season starts simply and peacefully enough, with Dan Kent seeding celeriac, shallots, and onion, and Megan starting flowers like delphinium and cosmos. It's snowy and sleeting outside, but pretty cozy in the greenhouse. "It's not bad work, honestly," says Dan. Photo: David Sommerstein

"We struggle early, finish strong": Lessons learned on a Lisbon farm

With highs in the 40s all week, it looks like the weather has finally broken. It's springtime in the North Country. But it could still be weeks before the soil is warm enough...  Go to full article

Listen: Vermont's Pete Sutherland makes rural music, with kids

Just in time for the growing season, a new album filled with songs about gardening and rural life. Vermont folk singer/songwriter Pete Sutherland is best known as a member...  Go to full article
The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Young farmers, Ogdensburg get help in state budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie says the new state budget will help young farmers just getting started. The deal includes one million dollars for grants to help beginning farmers...  Go to full article
Human Trafficking in Our Backyard. Poster: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/74442773@N03/7418920888/<br />">John Eng Cheng, Inheritance Magazine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Four kinds of human trafficking in the North Country

More than 40 agencies across the North Country are coming together to fight some of the darkest underground crimes. The North Country Human Trafficking task force says...  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein

Finally, a sign of spring: Maple Weekend is here

Looking for that real sign of spring? Don't look out the window. New York's first crop of 2014 is coming in. The sugar shanties will be going full bore this weekend for the...  Go to full article

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