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Impact of Trade Pact on NY Dairy Farmers Unclear

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

NY Farms Fare Better in New Census

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

Wetlands Restoration Faces Cuts

A popular federal program that pays farmers to restore wetlands on their property is under funded in President Bush's proposed budget released this week. As David Sommerstein reports, 1 in 4 farmers in St. Lawrence County participate in the program and more want to sign on.  Go to full article

Canton Kraft Plant to Close in June

After 50 years of making cheese in its Canton factory, Kraft Foods is closing its operations in June. Kraft said in 2002 that it would re-eveluate the Canton operation, weighing the small, old plant against its other facilities around the world. Earlier this week Kraft -- now a subsidiary of Philip Morris -- announced it would cut thousands of jobs at all levels of its organization over the next two years. Jody Tosti talks with Canton Mayor Robert Wells about the loss of local jobs and the ripple effects of the closing.  Go to full article

Plant Closure Another Blow to Dairy Industry

North Country Congressman John McHugh called the losing of the Kraft plant a dark period for Canton's economy and the region's dairy farmers.  Go to full article

A Regional Dairy Perspective for 2004

2003 was a surprisingly good year for dairy farmers in the North Country and around the Northeast. Crops grew well and the price farmers get paid for their milk rebounded after a two year slump. To get a forecast of the issues facing dairy in 2004, David Sommerstein spoke with Susan Harlow, managing editor of Northeast Dairy Business Magazine, a trade publication for dairy farmers in New York, New England, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She says the top issue will always be the price of milk.  Go to full article

Agriculture Lobbyists Find Good News in Pataki Agenda

Governor Pataki's most prominent reference to agriculture in his State of the State speech Wednesday was a commitment to expand the state's farmland preservation and conservation program. Yesterday Pataki announced $12 million in grants to protect active farmland statewide, including on two North Country farms. As David Sommerstein reports, other good news for agriculture was hidden in the details of Pataki's message.  Go to full article

2003 Agriculture Review

Martha Foley and agronomist Peter Barney look back over the year farmers had in 2003.  Go to full article
Logo from St. Lawrence County burn barrel campaign
Logo from St. Lawrence County burn barrel campaign

Farmers Give Open Burn Ban Cold Shoulder

The St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau has distanced itself from a proposal to support a ban on burn barrels and other forms of garbage burning. The group's president pushed for the measure last summer after reading a government report warning of open burning in agricultural areas. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.
Rabbis Osdoba, Brook, and Levertov.

Kosherizing a North Country Cheese Plant

Production resumes this week at Ogdensburg's beleaguered cheese factory. The plant has shut down twice in two years. But its new owner, Ahava Food Corporation of Brooklyn, believes a growing market for kosher foods will pave the way for ambitious growth, including plans to quadruple the plant's workforce. The word 'kosher' refers to ways to produce, prepare, and eat food according to Jewish law. Last week a delegation of rabbis came to Ogdensburg to 'kosherize' the plant, an ambitious task of steaming, scouring, and blowtorching. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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