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Scientists Watch Farm Pastures for a New Tent Caterpillar Threat

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
George Good encourages an ewe to come to her twin lambs.
George Good encourages an ewe to come to her twin lambs.

The Fading Custom of Spring Lambing

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
Ken Hill in his Atlasta Farms "office" in Lisbon
Ken Hill in his Atlasta Farms "office" in Lisbon

Redefining North Country Agriculture

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

What's the Future for Farm Markets?

As we heard in David Sommerstein's story, there's optimism in a new kind of farm in the North Country. The biggest challenge all farms face to survive is the same, though, finding a market that offers a liveable price for farm products. To learn more about agricultural markets, Martha Foley spoke with Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa.  Go to full article

NY Farmers Await More Details on Dairy Trade Pact

Dairy farmers are still awaiting the details of a free trade pact signd last month between the United States and Australia. Australia is the world's third largest dairy exporter and dairy farmers in the North Country and across the nation feared a flood of imports.  Go to full article

Raw Milk Advocates Petition Small Farmers

Sales are strictly illegal in New York and many other states, but fans of raw milk believe un-pasteurized milk is more nutritious, and more delicious than commercial milk. Modern science doesn't support that, and the idea of milk going straight from the cow onto a bowl of cereal is unthinkable for most doctors and food safety officials. But advocates aren't convinced, and they're waging campaigns across the country to legalize distribution of raw milk. Now they're finding a new audience for their message: small farms looking for a niche in the global dairy market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Peter Payette reports.  Go to full article

Impact of Trade Pact on NY Dairy Farmers Unclear

North Country dairy farmers are breathing a sigh of relief in the wake of Sunday's free trade agreement between the U.S. and Australia. The National Milk Producers Federation had warned tariff-free Australian imports could have forced as many as 15% of American dairy farmers out of business.  Go to full article

Commentary: Beef Cow to Auction

Commentator Jill Vaughan sold her dairy cows a couple of years ago after a lifetime of milking. Beef cows still graze on her farm's pastures. It's still not easy to say goodbye.  Go to full article

Aubertine: What About Farmers?

North Country Assemblyman Darrell Aubertine, a Democrat, called Pataki's address "upbeat", but he pointed out the absense of agricultural issues in the speech.  Go to full article

2003 Agriculture Review

Martha Foley and agronomist Peter Barney look back over the year farmers had in 2003.  Go to full article

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