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State Senator Ray Meier
State Senator Ray Meier

Summer Politics: A Conversation with Senator Ray Meier

It's much quieter in Albany now than it was a month ago. A contentious legislative session has come to a close, and state lawmakers are in their home districts. State Senator Ray Meier represents the 47th Senate District, which includes all of Lewis County and parts of St. Lawrence and Oneida counties. During his district travels, he stopped by our studios last week to talk with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
Dave Fishel catches up with his former cows.
Dave Fishel catches up with his former cows.

Diversifying the Dairy Industry

The North Country dairy industry is facing some of its bleakest times in memory this summer. Farmers are going deeper into debt and working jobs off the farm. The main culprit for the crisis is a year and a half of extremely low milk prices. The depressed market has forced many farmers to start spin-off businesses to make ends meet. It's called "diversification" in the industry. In the first of a two part series on diversifying farms in the North Country, David Sommerstein reports the opportunities and pitfalls are many.  Go to full article

Farmers Worry Help May Not Come Soon Enough

Representatives from the North Country's agriculture industry addressed farmers' problems at a state Assembly hearing Friday. As David Sommerstein reports, there were more questions than answers as the local dairy industry faces severe stress.  Go to full article

Encouraging Farmers to Enter Alternative Crop Market

New York lawmakers are looking at possible incentives to help farmers expand into the lucrative alternative crop market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak has details.  Go to full article

Popular Herbicide Breeds Resistance

Some weeds are developing a resistance to one of the most popular crop herbicides. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Shawn Johnson reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Small is Beautiful

A convergence of news stories about big hamburgers and small farms got Station Manager Ellen Rocco thinking about connections and scale.  Go to full article
Kevin Sullivan's intensive grazing fields (top) and a conventional farm barnyard.
Kevin Sullivan's intensive grazing fields (top) and a conventional farm barnyard.

The Joy of Grazing

Fewer than 10 percent of North Country dairy farmers graze their cows on pasture. Most confine their herd to big barns and feed them grains and hay. But since the 1980s, agronomists have been encouraging small farms to embrace intensive rotational grazing during the warmer months as a way to cut costs. Farmers then only buy feed for the winter. David Sommerstein reports on a model 60-cow grazing farm in the Lewis County town of Denmark, near Carthage.

The Adirondack North Country Association's Martha Pickard consults for free with farmers to design a grazing management plan. You can reach her at 518-891-6200.  Go to full article

Semen Quality Harmed by Farm Chemicals?

A new study shows that fertile men in more rural areas have lower sperm counts and less vigorous sperm than men in urban centers. It's the first study that shows that semen quality differs significantly between regions of the United States. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Annie MacDowell reports, agricultural chemicals may be to blame.  Go to full article

Farming in the Age of Global Warming

For years, scientists have been studying what will happen to our environment in the age of global warming. A recently released report draws some conclusions about what may happen in the farm fields. The Great Lake Radio Consortium's Bill Cohen reports.  Go to full article

Grass-fed Beef Good for Business?

Most of the cattle raised in the Great Lakes region spend their lives in a feedlot, fattening up on corn and other grains. But there's a growing number of organic farmers looking at putting their cows in the pasture. They say grass-fed beef is a healthy alternative. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Brad Linder has more.
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