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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

ID Chips for All Livestock

The federal government is phasing in a national identification tracking system for livestock to help trace and curb threats, such as Mad Cow disease and even bio-terrorism. New York is even advancing what it calls micro-chip, injectable social security numbers for livestock. But many farmers worry that Big Brother may be moving into the barn. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak reports.  Go to full article

School Cafeterias Embrace Local Food

Food More and more schools, universities and other institutions with cafeterias are by-passing processed foods from multi-national corporations. Instead, they're buying food from local farmers. Advocates say locally-grown fruits and vegetables are fresher. They say the food tastes better, and they're finding kids sometimes ask for apples and tomatoes instead of candy and chips. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

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