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Luring farmers north

St. Lawrence County's "Come Farm With Us" program might get a boost from the Progressive Farmer coverage. Launched in 2002 by Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence Counties, the marketing effort reaches beyond New York State to entice farmers to move north. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Farmers facing real winter weather

Temperatures this winter have left a lot of people wondering... December's 70-degree days caused flowers to bloom - but also contributed to concerns over global warming. This week's cold snap - reassuring to some - has raised new questions about the health of the North Country's ecosystem. What do these fluctuating temperatures do to plants, soils and watersheds? Was there any damage to area farms? Or livestock? Jonathan Brown put these questions to farm-business manager Bill Van Loo, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension.  Go to full article

Clinton, farmers critical of Canadian trade equity

Canada may be our closest metropolitan market, but it's a tough one to access for New York farmers. That's according to a report released Thursday by Senator Hillary Clinton's office, and coauthored by the New York State Apple Association and other farm lobby groups. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Farmers Protest in Ottawa

Thousands of farmers, and hundreds of tractors, converged on Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday. The all-day event was yet another demonstration of frustration over existing farm programs. Canadian farmers say they are just seeking a level playing field. Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Farms Seek Help With Pollution Regs

A farm group is calling for more state and federal help to meet clean air and water standards. The New York Association of Conservation Districts drafted several resolutions asking for increased funds at its annual meeting Monday afternoon. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Farmers Deal With More Rain

Farmers across the state are enduring one of the wettest Octobers on record. It should be a busy time on farms. But this fall, crops from soybeans to onions are still left in soggy fields. Gregory Warner spoke with agronomist Pete Barney of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County. He said there are some bright spots, and lots of problems.  Go to full article

Biodiesel to Help Farmers and the Environment

There's been a lot of attention to biodiesel, and other alternative fuels. Biodiesel is made from agricultural products like soybeans or corn. It's environmentally friendly, less toxic than table salt, and runs in regular diesel engines. Biodiesel production got a late start in this country, but the industry has grown considerably in the past few years.

Legislators are hoping that New York State can become a leader in the alternative fuel industry. Recently Governor Pataki announced a state grant of $4 million to a biofuel plant in Fulton. It's the second alternative fuel facility in that area.

Last year Congress passed a tax credit for biodiesel to encourage demand. The Senate's recent Energy Bill extended the credit to 2010. Congressman John McHugh is pushing the House to do the same. As Gregory Warner reports, the credit will likely help North Country farmers, but there's a lot further to go.  Go to full article

Study: Farmers Suffer from Chemical Exposures

A study of more than 18,000 farmers shows a link between neurological symptoms and long-term exposure to agricultural chemicals. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports.  Go to full article

Processor Grooms NNY Soybean Crop

When you think of soybeans, you generally think of sprawling farms and giant combines in the Midwest. But a local soy processor has an ambitious plan to make soybeans a cash crop in the North Country. Ag Pro Limited, based in Massena, wants to contract with local farmers for up to 15,000 acres of the crop. That's about 5 times the amount grown in the region last year. Ag Pro is holding workshops across the region to teach farmers about how to grow soybeans. David Sommerstein attended one and has this report.  Go to full article

Farmers Push for Medicaid Reform

Farmers are adding their voices to the chorus of those calling for reform of Medicaid funding in New York. The New York Farm Bureau held seven press conferences across the state yesterday, including one in Canton.  Go to full article

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