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Help For Dairy Farmers Gets Mixed Reviews

Details were announced yesterday on a new federal subsidy program for dairy farmers. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Says Dairy Farmers Need USDA Aid

Senator Hillary Clinton is urging the USDA to start the National Dairy Program, which would provide New York's dairy farmers with financial assistance. The program is part of the 2002 Farm Bill. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clinton in Canton: The Future of Dairy Farms and Kraft Plant

Senator Clinton's visit to the North Country included a stop in Canton to talk with local officials about the future of the Kraft plant. It's been more than 50 years since Kraft has been making cheese at its Canton factory, but corporate officials recently announced they are looking at the plant's efficiency along with others around the country. Closing the plant would leave a ripple effect of lost jobs and business across the North Country. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Cabot Eyes McCadam

The makers of Cabot cheese in Vermont are looking into buying the North Country's oldest cheesemaker, McCadam of Heuvelton and Chateaugay. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is the latest indicator of a rapidly changing dairy industry.  Go to full article

Kraft Canton in Jeopardy


The future of the St. Lawrence County factory that makes award-winning Kraft cheddar cheese is uncertain. Kraft says it's evaluating the efficiency of its Canton plant along with others around the country. David Sommerstein has more.
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Dairy Farmers Revive Old Customs

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 It's been replaced by year-round production based on dried feeds grown from intensively worked soils.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

Benefits and Risks of Cloned Cows

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

North Country Dairy Industry Considers Its Future

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

Natural Selections: Milk

What is milk and why do we like it? According to Dr. Curt Stager it's a suspension of lipid globules in water, and is really kind of yucky when you think about it.  Go to full article

New Farm Bill Replaces Northeast Dairy Compact Benefits

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

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