Dec 30, 2003 — Last summer, the North Country dairy industry was experiencing some of its toughest times in memory. Sustained low milk prices were forcing farmers into debt or off the farm. The depressed market forced many milkers to start spin-off businesses to make ends meet. David Sommerstein produced a two-part series on the trend toward what's called "diversification" in the industry. The series recently won the "Cap" Creal Journalism Award from the New York State Agricultural Society. Here's part one of that series.