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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been heavily promoting its organic programs lately, particularly its increased support for organic farming in the new farm bill: "Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past...
As we've reported for quite a while here at NCPR, the Champlain Valley has become a hotspot in the North Country for young farmers trying to forge a new path for agriculture. The Adirondack Explorer traces the roots and future possibilities of that...
Happy National Agriculture Day! You can write an essay about agriculture (theme: "365 days and 7 billion mouths to feed"), plan a get-together, or scroll through hundreds of "felfies" – farmer selfies. But definitely look at these portraits....
This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reorganizing in an effort to provide more resources to help and small- and mid-size farms to grow their businesses and reach larger markets, including institutions like schools and hospitals. Secretary Tom...
News stories tagged with "farming"
Dec 31, 2004 — 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
Dec 23, 2004 — 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
Dec 07, 2004 — 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
Nov 04, 2004 — 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
Sep 22, 2004 — 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
Aug 25, 2004 — For the North Country's dairy farmers, summer is the time to grow nutritious feed to get the herd through the winter. And from the layperson's perspective, it looks like the cold and rain have stunted the crops. Yesterday, David Sommerstein went out to the cornfields of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County to find out how farmers are faring. He spoke with agronomist Pete Barney, who says it's been a challenge. Go to full article
Aug 02, 2004 — We're at the height of locally grown, fresh fruit and vegetable season. The corn is sweet, the tomatoes are plump and juicy, and a group of North Country gardeners are encouraging their neighbors to take advantage of it. Gardenshare, a not-for-profit network in the region is distributing a packet of information about the "Slow Food" movement. David Sommerstein talks with Katherine Asher, president of Gardenshare's board of directors. Go to full article
Jun 04, 2004 — Rising populations of the coming eastern tent caterpillar this year may be a danger to horses and cows in the North Country. Steve Van Der Mark is the point person on this year's tent caterpillar outbreak for St. Lawrence County's Cooperative Extension Service. He says researchers in Kentucky and now New York are looking at unexplained abortions among grazing animals. Go to full article
Apr 01, 2004 — Even if you didn't grow up on a farm... springtime seems to bring with it thoughts of baby chicks and spring lambs. Maybe it was those cardboard cutouts on the bulletin board in grade school. But it's not as common to find sheep on the farm today. Farming is different. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham found some spring lambs, and a man who still thinks sheep have a place on the farm. Go to full article
Mar 26, 2004 — There's a big change underway in North Country agriculture. The number of dairy farms has plummeted since the 1990s. Most of the victims are mid-size family operations. Large farms are on the rise, but so are small ones. According to the latest agricultural census, there are more 10 to 50 acre farms in New York now than any year since 1974. And most of those don't milk cows. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article