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The Boucher family at their booth at the Burlington farmers market.
The Boucher family at their booth at the Burlington farmers market.

Dairy farmers branch out

Yesterday, we heard from sociologist Douglas Harper, who wrote a book about North Country dairy farmers called "Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture". The title refers to the rural practice of neighbors pooling their labor to get big projects done, like harvesting or barn-raising. Harper will speak tomorrow night at SUNY Potsdam. In the North Country and nationwide, "changing works" has mostly ceded to big tractors and computerized milk parlors as dairy farms have ballooned in size. But Dan Boucher of Highgate, Vermont hasn't given the practice up. Boucher represents a still small, but growing group: dairy farmers who are resisting the "get big or get out" trend. Instead, they're getting smaller, investing in new products, and relying less on the price of milk. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

Local details shape a general healthcare shortage

This week, we've been reporting on health care in the North Country. The region is being squeezed by a nationwide doctor shortage and declining insurance payments. It's becoming increasingly difficult to recruit primary care physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to area hospitals. As Jonathan Brown reports, it's a general trend, defined by local details.  Go to full article

Malone signs feature Vermont farm

New welcome signs to the town of Malone have raised some eyebrows. It was discovered that the sightly dairy farm pictured on the signs is in Woodstock, Vermont, not Malone, New York. David Sommerstein caught up with Malone town supervisor Howard Maneely at the Local Government Conference Tuesday in Potsdam. He asked Maneely what happened.  Go to full article

Preview: Vermont International Film Festival

The 18th annual Vermont International Film Festival, the world's oldest human rights and environmental film festival, opens tomorrow in Burlington. Films will be shown...  Go to full article

NE economic plan gets boost in House

A proposed commission charged with boosting the economies of the Northeast border region has taken a step forward in Congress. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Book review: "Elsie's Biscuits"

Laurey Masterton grew up in Vermont, the daughter of the founders of Blueberry Hill Inn and authors of the Blueberry Hill cookbooks. Masterton now owns a gourmet food store...  Go to full article
Politicians have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving border crossings like this one north of Plattsburgh (Source: USGSA)

Report: US-Canada border "dangerously vulnerable"

Investigators for the Government Accountability Office say they were able to smuggle fake contraband designed to look like a dirty atomic bomb into the United States. The...  Go to full article

Drought hits Northern New York and Vermont

Low water levels and the continued shortage of rainfall are starting to hurt farmers and other businesses across Northern New York and Vermont. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Weapons from the battles of Plattsburgh and Valcour Island come home

A Canadian filmmaker has returned historical artifacts he helped recover from the bottom of Lake Champlain more than 30 years ago. Montreal native Kenn Feigelman recently...  Go to full article

Vermont wins lawsuit to reduce auto emissions

A federal judge says Vermont can regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The verdict is a victory for clean air advocates in the Green Mountain State as well as...  Go to full article

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