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Farm Numbers Leveling in New York

The number of farms in New York dropped slightly last year. Higher prices helped farmers make more money. And as David Sommerstein reports, analysts say the hemorrhaging of farms of the 1980s and 1990s seems to have stopped.  Go to full article

Report: Dairy Prices Volatile

There's a continuing crisis in the dairy industry--price instability--and it's getting worse. A government report investigating dairy pricing was released this week. Greg Warner has this report.  Go to full article
Ogdensburg bridge (painting by John Morrow)
Ogdensburg bridge (painting by John Morrow)

Canadian Farmers to Blockade Ogdensburg Bridge

Tomorrow, a group of farmers and property rights advocates plan to stop traffic on the international bridge near Ogdensburg. Beginning at 9 in the morning, they say they'll blockade both lanes on the Canadian side of the bridge with dozens of tractors. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Jill Vaughan

A story of commitment and renewal in the barnyard from commentator Jill Vaughan.  Go to full article

Methyl Bromide Use to Increase

Starting tomorrow, January 1st, the U.S. will let farms and certain other businesses use more of the pesticide methyl bromide. But environmentalists may go to court over the issue. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article
Harry Orlyk and his "Red trees in Salem", oil on linen.
Harry Orlyk and his "Red trees in Salem", oil on linen.

Landscape Artist Hits the Road Daily

Over the last three decades, Washington county artist Harry Orlyk has spent countless hours outdoors capturing the beauty of neighboring silos, farmhouses, fields and livestock. He lives in Salem, New York, near the Vermont border, and works out of the back of his van. Orlyk is adamant about creating a daily image. No matter what the season, no matter what the weather, he paints every day, sitting inside his truck, with the steering wheel as an easel. He says he doesn't go far because the landscape is always changing, and not always for the better. Lu Olkowski caught up with Harry Orlyk to learn what inspires his artwork.  Go to full article
Duke Wagatha drives down from northern Michigan each year to sell his Christmas trees. While in Ann Arbor, he and his crew live in this 1951 Vagabond trailer. (Photo by Mark Brush)
Duke Wagatha drives down from northern Michigan each year to sell his Christmas trees. While in Ann Arbor, he and his crew live in this 1951 Vagabond trailer. (Photo by Mark Brush)

Tree Farmer Makes Season Merrier

In rural regions like the North Country, it's not hard to find a Christmas tree farm - where you can wander around in a miniature forest, choosing your own perfect tree. But in urban areas, it's harder to get that in-the-woods feeling. Here's a story sent to us by the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush, out in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where one tree-grower brings a little bit of the north woods charm to the city.  Go to full article

New Life for Half of Kraft's Plant

A half-century relationship between Kraft Foods and the village of Canton is all but finished. Only a signed deed is left to finalize Kraft's sale of its cheese-making plant to Missouri-based Bristol Manufacturing. The company will manufacture and repair bulk cheese containers under the name St. Lawrence County Manufacturing and Properties. It expects to open in the spring with 10 to 15 workers. When Kraft closed last summer, it employed 65 people. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County economic developer Raymond Fountain about the sale and its effect on the North Country dairy industry. He says the plant's new owners want another tenant.  Go to full article

USDA to Boost Use of Ozone-depleting Chemical?

The USDA wants to increase the use of methyl bromide to keep invasive insects from getting into the country. But some environmentalists are fighting the plan, saying the chemical will do more harm than good. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach explains.  Go to full article

Clinton Hosts NY Farm Day

New York farmers took the spotlight in Washington, DC yesterday with Senator Hillary Clinton's 3rd Annual New York Farm Day. In a telephone conference with reporters to preview the event, Clinton and co-organizer Jim Tresize gave a nod to North Country products.  Go to full article

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