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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....
In the last month alone, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued no fewer than 11 press releases about agriculture in New York State. There was a 72% increase in the number of farm-based alcohol licenses, to produce and sell beer, liquor, cider, and wine....
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...
Yesterday, the USDA released its first run of data from the census of agriculture conducted in 2012. It's the first time we've had new numbers about what's happening on farms in five years. I summarized the snapshot in my story this morning. Here...
A new photography exhibit about life on dairy farms in northern New York opened last weekend at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York in Canton. “Every Single Day: Life on North Country Dairy Farms" features photographs from 15 farms taken by...
News stories tagged with "dairy"
by Jody Tosti
Apr 07, 2004 — A local task force met for the second time yesterday since Kraft announced that it would close its Canton operations at the end of June. These meetings are a way to hash out potential ideas for the future of the Kraft plant, which has a long history of cheese-making in St. Lawrence County. Jody Tosti was at the meeting where officials, including Congressman John McHugh and Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine heard about what could be the next chapter in the plant's long story in the North Country. Go to full article
Mar 26, 2004 — There's a big change underway in North Country agriculture. The number of dairy farms has plummeted since the 1990s. Most of the victims are mid-size family operations. Large farms are on the rise, but so are small ones. According to the latest agricultural census, there are more 10 to 50 acre farms in New York now than any year since 1974. And most of those don't milk cows. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 11, 2004 — Two economic development programs to help agriculture in New York are moving forward. Facing the closure of the Kraft cheese plant this summer, the town of Canton is trying to get in early on both projects. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 02, 2004 — David Sommerstein talks with Senator Hillary Clinton about the challenges -- and promise -- of marketing New York farm products in New York City, as well as filling the vacuum to be left in the North Country when Kraft closes its cheese plant in Canton. Go to full article
by NCPR News
Mar 01, 2004 — Dairy farmers are still awaiting the details of a free trade pact signd last month between the United States and Australia. Australia is the world's third largest dairy exporter and dairy farmers in the North Country and across the nation feared a flood of imports. Go to full article
Feb 17, 2004 — Sales are strictly illegal in New York and many other states, but fans of raw milk believe un-pasteurized milk is more nutritious, and more delicious than commercial milk. Modern science doesn't support that, and the idea of milk going straight from the cow onto a bowl of cereal is unthinkable for most doctors and food safety officials. But advocates aren't convinced, and they're waging campaigns across the country to legalize distribution of raw milk. Now they're finding a new audience for their message: small farms looking for a niche in the global dairy market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Peter Payette reports. Go to full article
Feb 13, 2004 — In Canton and around St. Lawrence County, news that Kraft's cheese plant will close in June is sinking in. Some 60 people will lose their jobs. Several hundred more jobs could feel the ripple effects. But reaction to the shutdown has been subdued. And as David Sommerstein reports, the effects on the local economy may be more subtle than expected. Go to full article
by NCPR News
Feb 10, 2004 — North Country dairy farmers are breathing a sigh of relief in the wake of Sunday's free trade agreement between the U.S. and Australia. The National Milk Producers Federation had warned tariff-free Australian imports could have forced as many as 15% of American dairy farmers out of business. Go to full article
Feb 10, 2004 — The hemorrhaging of farms and farmland in New York is slowing down, according to new data from the agriculture census. Large farms are growing, and a small, niche market farm is emerging as a strong force. Still, almost half of the state's farmers rely on other jobs to make ends meet. David Sommerstein has details. Go to full article