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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
Bob Andrews
Bob Andrews

A Year on the Farm: Hay is for haylage

Everywhere you look this time of year, you see miles and miles of hay. Hay in round bales, square bales, wrapped in white plastic, lined in long strips across fields, piled in a big wagon hitched to the back of a tractor. This year, David Sommerstein's spending time on Bob Andrews' dairy near Gouverneur to learn the ins and outs of farming. Today's episode of A Year on the Farm is all about hay.  Go to full article
An antique tractor sits on the front lawn of the new museum in Madrid
An antique tractor sits on the front lawn of the new museum in Madrid

Farm museum finds new home

A 115-acre farm near the village of Madrid will be the new home for the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum. The museum's members are devoted to the preservation of old engines, tractors, treshing machines and farm buildings. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday marked the start of work on the new site. Todd Moe spoke with Leon and Carol Goolden, who sold the family farm to the group, and board member Roger Austin, who says the museum will focus on the history of farming in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.  Go to full article

Keeping the cows cool

We were wondering how dairy farms cope with the heat. Martha Foley called Molly Ames, a farm business educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service in Jefferson County. Martha wanted to know if she had any personal experience farming.  Go to full article

Amish Consider Future Of Cheese Plant

Amish dairy farmers in St. Lawrence County met yesterday to try to find a place to sell their milk. They'll reportedly seek an ownership share in Heritage Cheese House in Heuvelton. The cheese plant stopped taking milk from 95 Amish families Saturday. The company says low cheese prices have made the business unprofitable. The Watertown Daily Times reports this morning that the 71 Amish farmers who met yesterday were unanimous in their decision to form a trust to work with the plant. There's hope other buyers will also emerge in the effort to keep the plant open. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Barnyard Animal Extinctions

When you think of endangered species, farm animals might not top the list. But some types of farm animals are in danger of going extinct. Certain breeds of common barnyard creatures are no longer considered commercially viable, and are being allowed to die off. But as the GLRC's Chris Lehman reports, there's an effort to preserve some rare varieties of livestock.  Go to full article

Mild Winter Allows Early Spring Field Work

The mild winter weather and early spring meant some North Country farmers got a jump start on field work. Pete Barney, agronomist with Cornell Cooperative Extension in St. Lawrence County, says most farmers welcomed the chance to break ground earlier than usual. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Allied Coops Weigh Agri-Mark Merger

Members of one of the North Country's largest dairy cooperatives are deciding whether to join forces with the makers of Cabot and McCadam cheeses. Allied Federation of Cooperatives, based in Canton, will vote on merging with New England-based Agri-Mark. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Budget Spends Big on Environment

Pro-environment groups say Governor Pataki's spending plan is the "greenest in recent memory". The budget proposed yesterday sets aside a record $1.4 billion for conservation and stewardship. If approved by the legislature, the money will flow to hundreds of different program, from municipal sewer and water projects to efforts to combat invasive species. As Brian Mann reports, the spending plan also includes dozens of new staff positions at the Department of Environmental Conservation and $50 million for new land and easement purchases.  Go to full article

Ten Threats: Farmers Wasting Great Lakes Water?

We continue the series, Ten Threats to the Great Lakes, looking at the threat of water withdrawals from the Great Lakes. In the Great Lakes region, farmers are one of the biggest users of water. They pump water from underground aquifers or from lakes and streams to irrigate their crops or water livestock. Agriculture has been criticized for its large withdrawals of water. Farmers say they want to be recognized in a Great Lakes water use agreement as efficient water users, but as Erin Toner report, it's unclear whether that's true.  Go to full article

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