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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

Preserving the classic Thanksgiving turkey

Deciding on the type of turkey for your big holiday feast isn't always easy. You can choose the usual supermarket bird, or you can get a kosher turkey, or one that's been fed only organic feed. You can also buy a heritage turkey - with little wilder history. Rebecca Williams found a farmer near her who's helping to keep these older turkey breeds from going extinct.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews, new grandfather, on his new feeding pad.
Bob Andrews, new grandfather, on his new feeding pad.

A Year on the Farm: life and death (and life)

Farming is, really, the story of the life cycle. Planting and harvesting. Calving and slaughtering. Barns are raised. Some eventually fall back to the earth. David Sommerstein's nearing completion of a year-long cycle on Bob Andrews' farm near Gouverneur. Today, life and death...and life again...on the farm.

BREAKING NEWS: Yesterday at 11:51am, Bob and Diane Andrews' daughter, Jessie, gave birth to Margot Diane Pritting in Syracuse - 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Both mother and child are healthy and happy. Bob and Diane hope to get away to see their first grandchild when they can find someone to milk the cows. A big congrats to the Andrews!  Go to full article

Small protest to hispanic laborers

There's been little public opposition in the North Country to the growing number of Hispanic workers on dairy farms. But earlier this month, a small group protested outside the St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau's "A Day at the Farm" event at Jon Greenwood's dairy in Canton. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Bob's more than six feet tall, so the corn really is high...
Bob's more than six feet tall, so the corn really is high...

A Year on the Farm: The sound of corn growing

This year, David Sommerstein's spending time each month on one dairy farm to learn more about what farmers do every day. The series is called A Year on the Farm. Our willing farmer is Bob Andrews in the town of Fowler near Gouverneur. Last episode, David learned all about hay. The other big crop for dairy farmers is corn, and it's Bob Andrews' favorite. So today's edition of A Year on the Farm is an ode to corn.  Go to full article

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