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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been heavily promoting its organic programs lately, particularly its increased support for organic farming in the new farm bill: "Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past...
There is an alarming amount of hunger in the United States, despite our collective wealth. This fact has been cited so often that it has lost some of its power. Income inequality is old news, but it’s important not to take this for granted....
As we've reported for quite a while here at NCPR, the Champlain Valley has become a hotspot in the North Country for young farmers trying to forge a new path for agriculture. The Adirondack Explorer traces the roots and future possibilities of that...
Happy National Agriculture Day! You can write an essay about agriculture (theme: "365 days and 7 billion mouths to feed"), plan a get-together, or scroll through hundreds of "felfies" – farmer selfies. But definitely look at these portraits....
This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...

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Apr 19, 2014 — The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
Apr 18, 2014 — Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.
Apr 18, 2014 — The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.
Apr 18, 2014 — We hard-boiled them. We donned blindfolds. And we chowed down. In our eggsperiment, can you guess which bird prevailed in the ultimate showdown of duck vs. chicken?
Apr 18, 2014 — A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.
 

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Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"
the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

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Vermont Smoke and Cure is one of the food companies growing in Vermont. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/72794895@N00/238578667/">Justin Henry</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vermont Smoke and Cure is one of the food companies growing in Vermont. Photo: Justin Henry, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Report: Vt. adds at least 2,162 food related jobs

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) Vermont Smoke and Cure was growing so fast that the makers of sausage, bacon, ham and other smoked meats moved from Barre into a former cheese factory in Hinesburg two years ago because it had run out of space.

And the company continues to grow. CEO Christopher Bailey says it did $6.4 million in revenue last year compared to $330,000 in 2006.  Go to full article
Ticonderoga's new slaughterhouse. Photo courtesy of Adirondack Meat Company, used with permission

Ticonderoga gets new slaughterhouse

Ticonderoga has a new slaughterhouse. The Adirondack Meat Company, a USDA inspected facility, opened this month. It's amping up production - and filling a need for Adirondack and Champlain Valley farmers.  Go to full article
Colin Goodfellow (right) serves up hot cocoa to NCPR's Barb Heller and Lucy Martin along the Rideau Canal on Saturday. Photo: Todd Moe

A Winterlude interlude along Ottawa's Rideau Canal

Ottawa's National Capital Commission (NCC) has embarked on multi-year project along the Rideau Canal to attract more skaters, strollers and cyclists in the winter and summer months. It's part of a larger experiment to increase the number of visitors to Ottawa's historic and landmark sites.

Two years ago, the NCC approved four pilot projects along the canal as part of an effort "to bring more vitality to the shoreline."  Go to full article
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What's in the Farm Bill for the North Country?

A revamped Farm Bill could reach the House floor for a vote as early as today. The massive legislation which sets agricultural and nutrition policy for the country has...  Go to full article
Richard Ball, owner of Schoharie Valley Farms. Photo: NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets

A vegetable farmer to head dairy-heavy NY agriculture

The people who run New York's department of agriculture and markets tend to have close ties with the state's huge dairy industry. The last commissioner, Cape Vincent's Darrel...  Go to full article
Vegetable farmer, and new Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball

Farmers fear food safety rules too costly

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new food safety rules for produce farmers across the country. The FDA wants to reduce the number of people...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50546088@N00/7212923168/">Chris Barker</a>, Creative Commons, Some rights reserved.

NY school lunch yogurt pilot program expanded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Based on the success of a three-month pilot program in New York and three other states, officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to...  Go to full article

Book Review: "Taste, Memory" by David Buchanan

Many of us in the North Country are learning to eat closer to home. We buy fruits, vegetables and meats from local farmers as a way to help our economy and get good, fresh...  Go to full article
Catherine Matthews. Photo: Canton Church and Community Program

Listen: feeding the people

For many, the end of December is a time of giving. Volunteering and donating to people in need - it's all part of the Christmas spirit.

But when the holidays end,...  Go to full article
Sarah Moore, right, stands with her boss, Catherine Matthews, in the food pantry section of the Church and Community Program in Canton, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch

SNAP recipients, supporters anxious about 2014

In November, families who rely on food stamps saw their monthly food budget lowered, when a boost to SNAP from the 2009 federal stimulus expired.

It is almost...  Go to full article

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