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Northeast Dairy Compact Nearer to Restoration

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

Ending the Summer With Ice Cream

Brian Mann drops by Donnelly's ice cream stand between Saranac Lake and Paul Smith's to gather some thoughts on the end of summer.  Go to full article

Farmers Take Foot-and-Mouth Threat Seriously

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

Grazing Land Management

Martha Foley and Karen Smith, spokeswoman for the New York State Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, discuss the future of the Adirondack North Country region’s dairy cattle and livestock grazing program.  Go to full article

Independence Day 2000 Milk Dump

A group of North Country dairy farmers joined hundreds of others around the nation in dumping milk on the Fourth of July in 2000, to protest low prices. The group is part of a nationwide dairy industry push to ask Congress to give farmers more control over the price and distribution system for milk. More than 40 farmers and their families gathered on the Aubertine farm in Jefferson county on Independence Day and watched as thousands of gallons of fresh milk were drained from large tanker trucks into a manure pit. As the torrent of milk soaked into the ground, Todd Moe spoke with Vince Aubertine.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Roger Huntley, Farm and Household Auctioneer

Roger Huntley of Crary Mills has been an auctioneer since the late 1950s. The sixth generation of his family to operate their 300-acre dairy farm in the town of Pierrepont, Roger knows country things and country people. He still conducts the premier old-time sales in the northern Adirondack foothills and St. Lawrence Valley.  Go to full article

Labor Day 1987 Milk Dump

North Country farmers dumped milk to protest low milk prices fifteen years ago, on Labor Day, 1987. Dumping is the ultimate step for the farmer who has raised the cow, kept her, milked her. But theirs was more than a symbolic gesture. Two dozen farms were hoping their milk strike would catch on--that enough farmers would join in to turn the law of supply and demand to their cause. They were remembering the milk strike of 1967. Martha Foley visited the Mitchell farm just outside Canton and filed the story for North Country Public Radio, and NPR. At that time, there were 860 active farms in St. Lawrence County, one of the top dairy counties east of the Mississippi. They were making more per hundredweight of milk than farmers did in August 2002.  Go to full article

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