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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

Farmland Increasing Worldwide

The amount of farmland is decreasing throughout the Great Lakes region. But scientists say the amount of agricultural land is increasing worldwide, bringing additional challenges to US farmers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Great Lakes: Farmland to Wetlands

Our series on the Ten Threats to the Great Lakes continues with a story about how farmers are getting involved in restoring some of the natural landscape. Before farmers could work the fields in the nation's bread basket, they first had to drain them. So thousands of miles of ditches and trenches were dug to move water off the land. In the process, millions of acres of wetlands were lost. And losing the wetlands meant losing nature's water filter. Today, some farmers are working to restore these wet places. Mark Brush reports.  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

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