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Each week it gets better and better. Lilies and daisies, beans and peppers. There is so much variety in the gardens of our region. Your growing techniques range from precise, vigorous vegetable gardens to slightly wild and whimsical flower beds,...
  From my garden perch in DeKalb, and from looking through all of the photos you’ve been sending in, it appears that we’re having a banner growing year. Good mix of rain and sunshine. Of course, there are bugs and deer to challenge...
So why didn’t the zucchini cross the road? He didn’t want to become squash! Yes, indeed it’s time for squash jokes. Calabacin, cousa, courgette, cymling, cuccuzza, curcubita pepo, scallop, vegetable marrow, butterbar, crookneck,...
  Seems to me the weather has been cooperating nicely with gardening goals: a fairly balanced mix of sun and rain. And, it shows in your photographs of gardens from across the region. The collection today takes us from a school garden in Long...
This corn was nicely mounded and will recover from the wind. Last summer, a severe storm drove through my garden when the corn was about 10 days out from picking. We lost some but salvaged 75% by building a stick and rope lattice system down each...


Agriculture
Aug 20, 2014 — The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
Aug 20, 2014 — The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.
Aug 13, 2014 — Projections suggest that climate change will hurt agriculture in most parts of the world. But some areas of the U.S. could actually see a benefit as corn production moves farther north.
Aug 12, 2014 — Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.
Aug 8, 2014 — Ohio farmers say they are not the only ones to blame for Toledo's polluted drinking water. They say they are using only as much fertilizer as they need to grow their crops.
 

Special Reports

Audio Series
Farm to Farm, Family to Family: David Sommerstein travels with NC dairy farmers to a Mexican village many of their migrant workers call home.
Audio Series
A Year on the Farm
In this monthly feature series, David Sommerstein follows life in the barn, on the fields, and in the farmhouse through the changing seasons on the Andrews dairy farm near Gouverneur NY. This series won the 2006 "Cap" Creal Journalism Award from the New York Agricultural Society.
Audio Series
Hispanic Workers on North Country Farms
Five years ago, just a handful of farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Now many use workers from Latin America. The transition can be a bumpy one, for farmers and for the people they hire. David Sommerstein tells their stories in this ongoing series.
Beekeeper
Audio Slideshow:
Beekeepers facing new challenges
Lucy Martin visits with Ontario beekeeper Terry McEvoy and talks about colony collapse disorder and other apiary ailments that raise concerns about the food supply.
Audio Slideshow
Sights & Sounds of the Dairy Princess Parade
We go to the sidelines of one of the big events on the annual dairy calendar, the St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Parade in Canton. Fire engines, tractors, and floats rolled down Main Street on Saturday.
Audio Series
Diversifying North Country Farms
NCPR reporter David Sommestein's series on diversifying North Country farming won the 2003 “Cap” Creal Journalism Award from the New York State Agricultural Society.
Photo Audio Essay
Dairy Farming in the North Country
The time seemed right to look at the challenges facing dairy in the North Country. In part 1 we look at the price of milk, as seen through the eyes of one mid-size dairy farmer. In part 2 we visit a cheese manufacturer proposing drastic changes in the way North Country farmers do business. David Sommerstein reports.
Audio Slideshow
A Barn-Raising in Upper Jay (Real 6:23)
These days, most new barns are built quickly with steel frames and sheet-metal siding. But some landowners are taking a little more time, using methods and materials passed down over hundreds of years.
Photo Audio Essay
Saving New York's Historic Barns
Some of New York's oldest barns are getting facelifts. Todd Moe visited a Canton family's 1820 English threshing barn slated for restoration.
3 baby chicks arrive at their new home.
3 baby chicks arrive at their new home.

Sound Portrait: "Chick Day" in Canton

It's another sure sign of spring in the North Country - the annual "Chick Day" at Wight & Patterson feed store in Canton. Todd Moe adopted 3 little peepers last Friday. He spoke with some of those, including David Nowell, who shepherded the 1,700 baby chicks to the store after they arrived at the post office.  Go to full article

Study: Farmers Suffer from Chemical Exposures

A study of more than 18,000 farmers shows a link between neurological symptoms and long-term exposure to agricultural chemicals. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

Report: Air Quality in Rural Areas has Worsened

A report by the American Lung Association finds the air quality in rural New York has worsened during the first half of the decade. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Deer Disease Spreads to Wild

State officials said yesterday a wild deer in Oneida County has preliminarily tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It's the first time the fatal sickness has turned...  Go to full article

First Wild Deer Tests Negative for Chronic Wasting Disease

State conservation officials say initial samples of wild deer in Oneida County showed no signs of chronic wasting disease. Five deer on two farms tested positive for the...  Go to full article

Canton Farmers' Market Prepares for New Season

It's a sure sign of spring -- the Canton Farmers' Market will open on Friday, May 13th. The market is one of many across the region that offers locally grown vegetables,...  Go to full article
John Scarlett, a back-to-the-lander, who stayed in Rossie.  See a larger photo in the Today's Photo section of our website

Back to the Land: Finding Connections Between Now, and Then

About 35 years ago, a funny thing happened in the North Country. Young people moved here, singly and in groups, to settle. They were latter day hometseaders. They bought some...  Go to full article

Farmers Strategize as Oil Prices Climb

From fuel to fertilizer - escalating oil prices are hitting farmers hard this year. Those pressures might force some farmers to change their farming methods.  Go to full article
Last year's Tour de Burn Barrel participants.  Photo courtesy of burnbarrel.org

Bike Ride Highlights Trash Burning Dangers

A group of cyclists will start biking from St. Lawrence County to Albany tomorrow. The 2nd Annual "Tour de Burn Barrel" is to draw attention to the health and environmental...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Warns Against Burning

St. Lawrence County is asking its residents not to burn grass or trash outside until conditions get wetter. Almost 30 fires burned out of control in just two days in the...  Go to full article

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