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Mark Swanson is North Country Public Radio

Mark Swanson from Philadelphia explains how to put a milking machine on a cow.  Go to full article
Ag Pro Ltd. is waiting to get more soybeans at a better price
Ag Pro Ltd. is waiting to get more soybeans at a better price

Soybean Plant Still Idle, Eyes New Products

A soybean processing plant in Massena is waiting for the price of beans to drop before it re-opens after shutting down at the end of June. But as David Sommerstein reports, it may turn to other products to generate some business.  Go to full article
State Senator Ray Meier
State Senator Ray Meier

Summer Politics: A Conversation with Senator Ray Meier

It's much quieter in Albany now than it was a month ago. A contentious legislative session has come to a close, and state lawmakers are in their home districts. State Senator Ray Meier represents the 47th Senate District, which includes all of Lewis County and parts of St. Lawrence and Oneida counties. During his district travels, he stopped by our studios last week to talk with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Free Market Dairying

This week the National Milk Producers Federation and dozens of dairy farmer cooperatives nationwide began a program to control milk production in the United States and push up the price of milk. North Country Coops like Dairylea and Agrimark have agreed to participate. David Sommerstein talks with one farmer who disagrees with the program and thinks the free market works better.  Go to full article

Dairy Coops Leverage Market Power

Dairy farmers are taking an historic step toward controlling the supply of milk in the United States. Farmers accounting for 70 percent of the milk made nationally have banded together to cut production in order to raise the price they get paid. David Sommerstein reports most of the North Country's farmer cooperatives have signed on, but some farmers are wary.  Go to full article
Are soybeans a promising future for farmers like Bill Brewer?
Are soybeans a promising future for farmers like Bill Brewer?

Can Soybeans Take Root on North Country Farms?

Facing rock-bottom milk prices and mounting debt, dairy farmers are looking for other ways to stay in business. An extra field of hay or corn could help pay the bills in tight times.

Soybeans have been trumpeted as a promising alternative. In part two of our series on diversifying North Country agriculture, David Sommerstein reports soybeans will never be the staple crop they are in the Midwest, but they could be a part of a mix that redefines farming's future in the region.  Go to full article

Call-in Special: The Crisis in North Country Dairy Farming

NCPR news has focused special coverage this week on the crisis in the dairy industry. Martha Foley was joined by NY Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine from Cape Vincent, a farmer and former dairyman, and Pete Barney from St. Lawrence County Co-operative Extension, to discuss the stakes and the stakeholders, and to take calls from listeners.  Go to full article
Dave Fishel catches up with his former cows.
Dave Fishel catches up with his former cows.

Diversifying the Dairy Industry

The North Country dairy industry is facing some of its bleakest times in memory this summer. Farmers are going deeper into debt and working jobs off the farm. The main culprit for the crisis is a year and a half of extremely low milk prices. The depressed market has forced many farmers to start spin-off businesses to make ends meet. It's called "diversification" in the industry. In the first of a two part series on diversifying farms in the North Country, David Sommerstein reports the opportunities and pitfalls are many.  Go to full article

Low Milk Prices Take Their Toll

David Sommerstein talks with Judy Aldrich, chair of the St. Lawrence County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, about factors contributing to the struggling dairy industry. She says the problems began in 2000 and 2001, when milk prices were high, even though dairy production was growing dramatically.  Go to full article

Sights & Sounds of the Dairy Princess Parade

June is National Dairy Month. We go to the sidelines of one of the big events on the annual dairy calendar, the St. Lawrence County Dairy Princess Parade in Canton. Fire engines, tractors, and floats rolled down Main Street on Saturday. David Sommerstein sends this audio montage.  Go to full article

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