When my son was little, we’d take a walk to look for signs of spring in late March or early April, with a basket to put treasures we found: bits of newly exposed moss, or a dropped bird feather, or a bit of green pushing through the softening...
Our friends could no longer care for their pair of llamas–Dolly and Daisy–so, of course, we adopted them. Lambing season began in early January, a month or so after the llamas arrived. Now, the llamas–dignified and a tad...
Jun 14, 2002 — The legislature in Albany is taking up its last issues of the session, which could end next week. A bill restricting "burn barrels" and other kinds of garbage burning has passed the Assembly the past two years. But it continues to languish in the Senate. There's little dispute burn barrels pose a health and environmental hazard. But the issue still draws strong passions. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 07, 2002 — An estimated 500 farms and a million acres of farmland were lost in New York State last year, according to figures released by the state's Agricultural Statistics Service. Martha Foley reports. 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
Dec 19, 2001 — The EPA is taking on a major source of uncontrolled pollution: emissions from farm and construction equipment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Halpert looks at the challenges the EPA faces in this far-reaching regulatory effort. Go to full article
Nov 22, 2001 — With many small farms in danger of going out of business, some farmers are finding new ways to keep their land and their lifestyles intact. They're marketing their farms as a great place to visit. Go to full article
Aug 27, 2001 — Dry conditions this summer have left fields of flagging corn crops across St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties. Some much-needed rain has fallen over the last week or so, but as Jody Tosti reports, for some farmers that wet weather may have been a little too late. Go to full article
Aug 10, 2001 — Some of New York's oldest barns are getting facelifts this summer. The first round of grants under the two-million dollar State Barns Restoration and Preservation Program were handed out in June. Todd Moe visited a Canton family's 1820 English threshing barn slated for restoration. Go to full article
Jul 26, 2001 — Room for development and farming? In Part 2 of a two part series, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium looks at urban sprawl and farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant looks at a program that doesn't cost taxpayers money. Go to full article
Jul 25, 2001 — This spring, 135 people from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana took a trip to the east coast to get ideas about containing development and protecting farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant has this first report in a two-part series. Go to full article