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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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Adirondack Growers Celebrate Harvest Season

A coalition of farmers, businesses and communities in the Adirondacks is doing its part to promote locally grown products. "Adirondack Harvest" began about 5 years ago as an effort to encourage farmers to diversify and find new markets for local produce, eggs, dairy products and maple syrup. This week is the annual Harvest Festival Week with recipe Taste-offs, farm tours and a new cookbook. "Adirondack Harvest" coordinator Susie Becker told Todd Moe that her group includes counties and communities throughout the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Black River Cleanup Continues

A massive spill of liquid manure in the Black River flowed slower than expected this weekend. Three million gallons of cow waste entered the river last week when a wall in a holding lagoon burst on Marks dairy farms south of Lowville. Hundreds of thousands of fish were killed. The Hudson River/Black River Regulating District released extra water from Stillwater Reservoir on Friday to help move the manure into Lake Ontario. According to News 10 Now, kayaking, rafting, and fishing outfitters along the river had to cancel hundreds of reservations. Steve Litwiler is a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Conservation, which is handling the spill. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Farmers Put Plastics Where They Belong

A program to help farmers dispose of used agricultural plastics put more than 100 tons of the waste in the landfill. As David Sommerstein reports, the project is intended to spread the message that proper disposal of plastics isn't as expensive as many farmers think.  Go to full article
Ox team skidding logs in Rossie. Photo Mark Scarlett
Ox team skidding logs in Rossie. Photo Mark Scarlett

Keeping Age-Old Farm Skills Alive

Ox-team driving, blacksmithing, and timber framing are old-time skills. Picturesque throwbacks, you might think. But they're still useful -- especially so in parts of the world where tractors aren't available. And there is a place to go for school for them. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tamar Charney pays a visit to Tillers International near Scotts, Michigan.  Go to full article
3 baby chicks arrive at their new home.
3 baby chicks arrive at their new home.

Sound Portrait: "Chick Day" in Canton

It's another sure sign of spring in the North Country - the annual "Chick Day" at Wight & Patterson feed store in Canton. Todd Moe adopted 3 little peepers last Friday. He spoke with some of those, including David Nowell, who shepherded the 1,700 baby chicks to the store after they arrived at the post office.  Go to full article

Canadian, North Country Man Charged with Smuggling Cattle

Two men were indicted last week for smuggling banned Canadian cattle into the US. Greg Warner reports.  Go to full article

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