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Reseacher Steve Long is growing crops in the atmosphere of 2050.
Reseacher Steve Long is growing crops in the atmosphere of 2050.

Climate Change: Will CO2 help farms?

For years, researchers studying the effects of climate change on agriculture have focused on two big issues: the availability of water and the impact of increasing carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere. Carbon dioxide released from our cars and factories is the number one cause of global warming. But scientists have long theorized that more of the gas in the atmosphere could actually help grow bigger plants. New research is challenging that assumption. David Sommerstein went to the breadbasket in Illinois to learn more.  Go to full article
Pete Barney stands next to a patch of winter barley, which  rarely used to grow in the North Country.
Pete Barney stands next to a patch of winter barley, which rarely used to grow in the North Country.

Global warming on the farm: adaptation and risk

The global scientific community has reached consensus - the Earth's climate is getting warmer and humans are a major cause of it. Most of the country is projected to experience milder winters, more hot summer days, and stronger storms. This week we're looking at how global warming will affect the North Country. It's already affecting agriculture, the region's biggest industry. Plants are sprouting sooner. New crops are being sown. But fields are flooding more often. And new pests are taking hold. Farmers who adapt can take advantage of the changes, but the financial risks are great. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
District founder, Clifton Thompson, is presented an award by Bob Andrews.
District founder, Clifton Thompson, is presented an award by Bob Andrews.

A St. Lawrence farm institution celebrates 50th

A foundation stone of conservation in the North Country turns 50 this year. The St. Lawrence County Soil & Water Conservation District celebrated its anniversary with a luncheon at Mullin's restaurant in Gouverneur Monday. From field drainage and tree planting to fish stocking and watershed management, the district is involved in most agricultural and environmental projects in St. Lawrence County. Its history reflects America's, and the North Country's, agrarian roots. David Sommerstein attended Monday's luncheon.  Go to full article

"Poor man's fertilizer"

Spring snow. It effects people in different ways. Some try to see our recent weather in a positive light. And because this is the North Country - where spring snow is just another symptom of the region's famous cold - people have special names for this weather.
North Country Public Radio gave listeners a chance to share some of those names. And that led Jonathan Brown to a series of conversations with people across the region.  Go to full article
Shearing sheep in 1813
Shearing sheep in 1813

Heard up North: Sheep shearing

When shearing a sheep, each stroke of the shearer is called a "blow." That's an important part of today's Heard Up North, from Lake Placid. That's where the North Country School/Camp Treetops' flock of 12 sheep met their shearer.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County ranked #6 in rural America

A national farming magazine rates St. Lawrence County the 6th best place to live in rural America. The Progressive Farmer releases its annual rural county rankings today. Contrary to its name, Barren County, Kentucky, took the top honors. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Joe Link, The Progressive Farmer's executive editor. Link says the magazine names the top 200 counties based on a range of quality-of-life indicators and statistics. Then, editors visit the top 20. Link himself came to St. Lawrence County last fall. He says his first visit was in Canton, with Varick Chittenden of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York.  Go to full article

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 outline agenda for new Governor

Yesterday Governor Eliot Spitzer nominated Patrick Hooker to be his agriculture commissioner. That was good news for the agriculture industry. Hooker has been public policy director for the New York Farm Bureau since 1999. His longtime colleague is Julie Suarez, the Farm Bureau's manager of governmental relations. Yesterday at the 175th New York State Agricultural Society's annual meeting, she told David Sommerstein agriculture has been on the back burner in recent years.  Go to full article
Diane Andrews prepares for the afternoon milking in the milk house.
Diane Andrews prepares for the afternoon milking in the milk house.

A Year on the Farm: Going Out Quietly?

As the year comes to an end, so does our series A Year on the Farm. David Sommerstein's been sending regular postcards from Bob Andrews 80-cow dairy near Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County. We've learned about calving and plowing and harvesting, round bales and square bales. But what REALLY makes dairy different from any other kind of farming are the daily milkings. That's where the series started, and that's where it'll end.  Go to full article

Report: immigrants moving to rural America

The story of immigrants flooding America's cities is almost as old as the United States itself. But a new report shows a shifting trend. While cities remain the main destination, a growing number of immigrants are settling in small, rural communities. They're drawn to jobs in agriculture, meatpacking, and the tourism and resort industries. Leif Jensen wrote the report for the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. He told David Sommerstein that immigrants to small towns tend to poorer and less well educated than those who settle in cities. They also tend to be Mexican, married, and employed.  Go to full article

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