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Yesterday I talked with Amy Ivy (of Coop. Extension) about a neat event in Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon that’ll bring people who want to eat local food together with people who produce food, local food, even in this dead part of...
Happy 2014 all! The Dirt's been on a holiday hiatus, but we're back with the view of farm and food news from Upstate NY. In yesterday's State of the State message, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a generous helping of good news for the...
Here's a good read to start your week. The vast growth and expansion of farmers markets over the last decade is a huge feel-good story for local agriculture. Since 2003, the number of farmers markets in the USDA registry has doubled to 8,144...
Ah, the Olympics. Where to start? The larger complaint is familiar: the dreams and energy of athletes feed a tightly-controlled monopoly – which throws a mega-party, for which host countries foot horrendous bills. I suppose one defense would...
Food coops (and bulk buying clubs before them) were really the pioneers of whole food and local food and healthy food eating in most places. Now we have the mega-chain Whole Foods, and most supermarkets carry organic fruits and vegetables and...
News stories tagged with "business"
by Brian Mann
May 19, 2004 — A Syracuse-based company hopes to build a major aviation maintenance hub at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. On Friday, Precision Jet signed a memorandum of understanding with officials in Clinton County that brings the project one step closer to reality. But some critics say the company's reputation -- and their demands for tax relief --- raise serious questions about the deal. Brian Mann spoke with Joe LoTemplio, a reporter with the Plattsburgh Press Republican who has been following the story. Go to full article
by NCPR News
May 07, 2004 — Home-based and locally owned businesses in St. Lawrence County are being showcased today at the 2004 Spring Expo at SUNY Potsdam. The show is separated into nine categories, including Tastes of the North Country, North Country Talent and Small Businesses, Big Impact. The public is invited to visit the 60 exhibitors expected at the expo which takes place today and tomorrow in SUNY Potsdam's Maxcy Hall. Kathy DelGuidice organized the event. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2004 — A Saratoga start-up company may be interested in Kraft's cheese plant in Canton. The plant is slated to close in July, putting 60 people out of work. But as David Sommerstein reports, company officials say a lot needs to happen before the interest becomes more than casual. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Apr 08, 2004 — An analysis by the American Cancer Society finds that nearly nine months after the statewide smoking ban took effect, very few waivers have been granted to bars and restaurants that claim they are losing business from the anti-smoking law. Karen DeWitt has more. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Feb 19, 2004 — A consortium of businessmen based in Philadelphia has bought the Big Tupper ski area. The group also bought more than 6,000 acres around the ski hill - and plans to build a condo and second home development. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
by Jody Tosti
Feb 04, 2004 — The Small Business administration estimates that about 60% of businesses fail during their first five years of operation. From lagging capital to business owner burnout, entrepreneurs face myriad obstacles in building a successful company. A new incubator program in St. Lawrence County is giving local start-ups a chance to learn the ins and outs of growing a business before flying solo. Jody Tosti reports. Go to full article
Oct 01, 2003 — More Americans are going without health insurance than last year, according to new census bureau data. New York's uninsured increase was less than other states. But as David Sommerstein reports, the result is people are neglecting their health problems. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Aug 25, 2003 — Over 300 factory workers will lose their jobs as a result of two plant closings announced last week. One is the Brooklyn based Domino Sugar refinery. The other is a maker of plastic wrappers in the small city of Fulton, New York. The state's Business Lobby says climbing workers compensation rates is just one of the many reasons that New York continues to hemorrhage manufacturing jobs. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Aug 22, 2003 — State and St. Regis Mohawk tribal officials have agreed on steps toward paying non-native sub-contractors who helped build the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg. But the casino's uncertain legal status is creating a catch-22 of sorts. David Sommerstein explains. Go to full article
Jul 03, 2003 — A movement is afoot to take small steps toward building a healthy local economy in the North Country. It's based on a concept called the "economic multiplier". The idea is basically this: spend a dollar locally, and that dollar cycles through the community to other local businesses and strengthens the local economy. A St. Lawrence County woman has created a role-playing game to illustrate the concept. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article