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Tuesday afternoon, in a conference call with reporters, New York Democrat and Senate Agriculture committee member Kirsten Gillibrand laid out her priorities for a new farm bill. She discussed plenty of policy to help farmers, from revamping the milk...
According to a TED talk that went viral, essentially, yes. Biologist Allan Savory argued in March that aggressive rotational cattle grazing can save land in danger of becoming desert. And that, in turn, Savory says, can help halt climate change....
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There was a time, decades ago now, when the county dairy princess was one of us. Most people lived or worked on dairy farms. Our daughters aspired to be the princess, or know her, or be in her court. Today most of us are three or four generations...
News stories tagged with "dairy"
Jun 07, 2002 — If you drive out into the countryside these days, expecting pastoral scenes of placid cows grazing leisurely on grassy hillsides, you'll be at least 50 years too late. Traditional pastoral herding practices, based on the summertime abundance of self-renewing grasses, has mostly disappeared. It's been replaced by year-round production based on dried feeds grown from intensively worked soils. But some farms are resisting the trend. The Pleasant Ridge Farm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, like a number of other farms around the Great Lakes region, is an example of a successful and quite modern, revival of pasture-based agriculture. You would also find an incredibly tasty cheese. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Ed Janus reports. Go to full article
May 06, 2002 — Milk production is big business in New York and the upper Midwest. Now the president of a biotech company in Wisconsin is milking a herd of cloned cows that he says could give the Great Lakes dairy industry a boost. But there are still questions about the health of cloned cows and whether the milk they produce is safe for human consumption. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Gil Halsted has the story. Go to full article
by Jody Tosti
Mar 14, 2002 — Stakeholders in the North Country dairy industry are hoping a series of meeting will help them develop a strategy for keeping area agricultural businesses successful. More than 100 people representing many sides of the dairy industry have been meeting since last November and have compiled dozens of ideas, including how to improve education, marketing and milk-pricing. As Jodi Tosti reports, one plan to come out of the meeting would provide job training for farm workers. Go to full article
Feb 14, 2002 — The US Senate has passed a farm bill that boosts subsidies for dairy, grain and cotton farmers and doubled the support for conservation programs. New York Senator Charles Schumer says most importantly for New York is that the National Dairy Program will give dairy farmers the same benefits as the now defunct Northeast Dairy Compact would have given. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Dec 21, 2001 — Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence county farmer Judy Aldrich about old and new challenges facing dairy farmers and the dairy industry. Aldrich serves on a national advisory committee at the USDA. Go to full article
by Jody Tosti
Dec 14, 2001 — Milk price protections for dairy farmers inched closer to reality this week. The Senate voted in favor of keeping a $2 billion dairy plan in the government's five-year farm bill. The program would pay Northeast farmers when the price of milk drops below set levels. Senator Hillary Clinton says there are three objectives of the bill--the first is a strong safety net for dairy farmers until a compact is put back in place. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Apr 03, 2001 — The foot-and-mouth outbreak afflicting overseas livestock has left New York farmers and agriculture observers waiting nervously to see what the impact will be on the state's farm scene. Since the foot-and-mouth cases were identified in England, food inspectors and customs officials have tightened controls at borders to ensure the disease isn't accidentally brought here. If there is an outbreak in the US, officials say there would have to be widespread slaughter of livestock much as has been seen in Britain in recent weeks. As Todd Moe found out, North Country farmers are taking the risk of foot-and-mouth disease seriously. Go to full article