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Ken Hill in his Atlasta Farms "office" in Lisbon
Ken Hill in his Atlasta Farms "office" in Lisbon

Redefining North Country Agriculture

There's a big change underway in North Country agriculture. The number of dairy farms has plummeted since the 1990s. Most of the victims are mid-size family operations. Large farms are on the rise, but so are small ones. According to the latest agricultural census, there are more 10 to 50 acre farms in New York now than any year since 1974. And most of those don't milk cows. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton: Spreading the "Made in NY" Message

David Sommerstein talks with Senator Hillary Clinton about the challenges -- and promise -- of marketing New York farm products in New York City, as well as filling the vacuum to be left in the North Country when Kraft closes its cheese plant in Canton.  Go to full article

Raw Milk Advocates Petition Small Farmers

Sales are strictly illegal in New York and many other states, but fans of raw milk believe un-pasteurized milk is more nutritious, and more delicious than commercial milk. Modern science doesn't support that, and the idea of milk going straight from the cow onto a bowl of cereal is unthinkable for most doctors and food safety officials. But advocates aren't convinced, and they're waging campaigns across the country to legalize distribution of raw milk. Now they're finding a new audience for their message: small farms looking for a niche in the global dairy market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Peter Payette reports.  Go to full article

Food Tracking Gaining Steam?

On the heels of the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., North Country Congressman John McHugh is among lawmakers calling for a national animal ID program to track meat....  Go to full article

Chili Cook-off Set for Saturday in Watertown

The 5th annual North Country Chili Cook-off is this Saturday in Waterown. Local cooks compete for the honor of making the best pot of chili around. And, as Jody Tosti...  Go to full article
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the <i>latke</i> batter.  Below, <i>latkes</i> on the griddle!!

Celebrate Chanukah With NCPR Latkes

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah. We start celebrations a little early this year by cooking latkes, Chanukah's most typical food. NCPR's...  Go to full article

"Biosafety Engineers" for GMO Industry?

Genetic engineering, especially when it comes to food, is a battleground. On one side: people who fear a world of contaminated food, harming humans and the environment. The...  Go to full article

Commentary: Hunger & Obesity

More on the decades old 'war against hunger'. A report this week said more people are in need and food donations are down. Meanwhile, obesity is a growing problem among the...  Go to full article

Food Pantries: More Clients, Less Money

Just days before Thanksgiving, food pantries and soup kitchens are out with their annual report. They find more people are stopping in for food, while charities are...  Go to full article

"Forbidden Fruit" Worries Foresters

In Europe, the black currant fruit is really popular, but chances are, you've never tasted it here. Farming black currants was banned nearly a hundred years ago because the...  Go to full article

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