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A methane dome is a recognizable part of an anaerobic digester system. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45914503@N00/7269576888/">Dan Hartung</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
A methane dome is a recognizable part of an anaerobic digester system. Photo: Dan Hartung, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

St. Lawrence co. dairy gets digester grant

A large dairy farm in St. Lawrence County is getting more than $400,000 for a methane digester. The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help Woodcrest Dairy in Lisbon pay for the estimated $2.5-million project.  Go to full article
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon

Small dairy farmers seek more from Farm Bill

Today federal lawmakers convene to begin seeking compromise for a new five year Farm Bill. The $500 billion package sets the nation's agricultural policy.

Its biggest ticket item, though, is food stamps, known as SNAP. The House and Senate versions of the bill remain very far apart on how much to fund the food stamp program.

The bill would replace billions of dollars in subsidies to farmers with a crop insurance program, which could also pay out billions.

Dairy farmers would be eligible for that crop insurance. The bill also would create a supply management program to control the number of cows in the country and prevent an oversupply of milk.
But a group of dairy farmers says those provisions do little to keep small farms from going out of business.  Go to full article
Congressman Bill Owens and Richard Eakins talk about corn storage. Photo: Sarah Harris.
Congressman Bill Owens and Richard Eakins talk about corn storage. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Owens: farm bill may happen in 2013

There's still no Farm Bill this year.

The Farm Bill sets policy for agriculture nationwide. But most of the bill--money-wise--goes to food stamps. And disagreement over cuts to food stamps has held the overall bill up for over a year.

This week, members of the House and Senate will start hashing out a new compromise version of the bill. At a visit to a North Country soybean farm, Congressman Bill Owens said that may mean progress.  Go to full article
Slicing and serving cheesecake in Lowville. Photo:  creamcheesefestival.com
Slicing and serving cheesecake in Lowville. Photo: creamcheesefestival.com

Lowville to unveil colossal cheesecake on Saturday

NCPR is media sponsor for Saturday's 9th annual Cream Cheese Festival in downtown Lowville. The event celebrates Lowville's distinction as home of the world's largest cream cheese manufacturing plant. Todd Moe spoke with Eric Virkler, Director of Economic Development and Planning for Lewis County, who says the event includes music, art, contests and lots of cheesecake. Virkler says a team from the Lowville Kraft plant will attempt to make a 6,000-pound cheesecake and set a new world record.  Go to full article
Alpina's shiny new Greek yogurt plant is right across the industrial park from another new yogurt plant. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Alpina's shiny new Greek yogurt plant is right across the industrial park from another new yogurt plant. Photo: David Sommerstein.

How the 'Silicon Valley of Yogurt' is reshaping dairy farming

It's been about a year since Governor Cuomo convened his Yogurt Summit. He urged the state's dairy farmers to ramp up to meet the growing demand for milk from the booming Greek yogurt industry.

New York has eclipsed California as the number one yogurt producer in the country. And there are no signs of the growth slowing down.

David Sommerstein went to western New York to visit one of the brand new Greek yogurt plants that have opened recently to see how they're reshaping New York dairy.  Go to full article
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon

Two farms, two very different views on sustainability

The term sustainability is now commonplace. Everything from furniture, to travel, to shopping at Walmart is described as "sustainable." Usage has stretched so far that it's hard to say what "sustainability" really is.

Dictionary.com defines sustainability as "supporting long term ecological balance." And Wikipedia says it is "the capacity to endure." We visited two North Country dairy farms, each with a very different philosophy, but both claiming to be sustainable.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Farmers ratchet up pressure for immigration reform

Prospects for comprehensive immigration reform are growing slim as Congress is running out of working days in 2013.

That's a huge concern for dairy farmers. Several thousand undocumented Latino immigrants are estimated to work on dairy farms in New York and Vermont. Farmers say they can't find local people to milk the cows reliably.  Go to full article
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon
Cows grazing at Bob Zufall's farm in Lisbon, NY. Photo: David Pynchon

Environmental groups challenge new NY dairy waste rules

A coalition of New York State environmental groups filed a lawsuit against New York late last month objecting to a rule change for dairy farms.

The groups claim that the Department of Environmental Conservation violated environmental law when it loosened a key standard in the pollution rules the farms must follow.

It could prove a major roadblock to the state's often-stated support for the growing yogurt industry.  Go to full article
Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Lawsuit targets new dairy size regulations

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the state because of its new dairy size regulations.

Until this year, farms with more than 200 cows needed to comply with waste-management rules more restrictive smaller farms. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently increased that to 300 cows.  Go to full article
Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris
Les and Erica Goodman. Photo: Sarah Harris

From milk to beer: Dairy family switches to hops

Agriculture in the North Country is changing - and the evidence is everywhere. For the Goodmans, a longtime dairy family in Fort Ann, in Washington County, it's time to get out of the business. But Erica and Les Goodman are trying something new on their land: growing hops. And they're using social media to do it.  Go to full article

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