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McHugh and Clinton visit a farm near Fulton
McHugh and Clinton visit a farm near Fulton

Clinton, McHugh Announce Rural Economic Package

After Ogdensburg, the pair headed south to a dairy farm in Oswego County. Clinton and McHugh talked about a fix for the way farmers are paid for their milk. The current system allows for big price swings, but a solution to fit farms around the country has been elusive for decades. David Sommerstein was on hand and has this report.  Go to full article

Interview: Bruce Chassy - GM Foods are Safer

Critics of genetically engineered foods question the safety of using genes from different species to alter the behavior of plants. But the supporters of bio-engineered crops say the plants are rigorously tested before they're allowed on the market. In the second of two interviews on the subject, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham talks with Bruce Chassy. Chassy is with the University of Illinois' biotechnology center. Graham asked why the agriculture industry is pushing genetically engineered crops.  Go to full article

Monsanto Pulls Plans for GM Wheat

If you look at the nutrition information on a package of muffins or a box of cereal you're likely to see things such as soybean oil and milled corn. More likely than not, those ingredients are made from genetically modified crops. But for the foreseeable future, you won't see store shelves stocked with bread made from G-M wheat. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Matt Sepic reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Approves Expanded Ag Coops

Governor Pataki yesterday signed a bill into law that allows agricultural cooperatives to take advantage of New York's Empire Zones. Dairy farmers sell their milk to coops,...  Go to full article

Interview: Jeff Smith?Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

Products made from genetically engineered crops are appearing in more and more foods. There's a good chance just about any prepackaged food that's made with soybean oil, soy...  Go to full article
Cathy and Frank Stepnoski at the Malone farmers' market

Making a Living at the Farmers' Market

Farmers markets, roadside stands, and U-picks give us fresh produce and a unique relationship with the people who grow the food we eat. They're also a growing part of...  Go to full article

Slavery in Our Time

Last Friday, Governor George Pataki signed a new law making June 19th a state holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, in the 1860s. But slavery isn't...  Go to full article

Northeast Lawmakers Push For New Dairy Bill

There's more than a year left before a controversial federal milk program expires. But Northeast lawmakers are already pressing their Midwestern counterparts to support a new...  Go to full article

Scientists Watch Farm Pastures for a New Tent Caterpillar Threat

Rising populations of the coming eastern tent caterpillar this year may be a danger to horses and cows in the North Country. Steve Van Der Mark is the point person on this...  Go to full article

Tent Caterpillars on the Rise

It's always something, it seems. This year, it's cicadas to the south, and it's tent caterpillars here in the north. Tent caterpillars are nothing new, their silky nests are...  Go to full article

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