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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

Farmer Coop to Sell Schools Local Products

A new farmer-owned cooperative has formed in St. Lawrence County to sell locally grown products to area schools. As David Sommerstein reports, the coop is holding a membership drive this month. The meetings are on:
3/8 - David A. Schlaback Farm, Peru St., North Lawrence, 1pm
3/10 - Drumlin's End Farm, 178 Fayette Rd., Massena, 6:30pm
3/15 - Joseph and Elizabeth Swartzentruber Farm, 1092 SH 184, Heuvelton, 1pm.
Please contact Sue Rau, cooperative manager, at 315.769.5061 for more info.  Go to full article

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

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