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Cabot Eyes McCadam

The makers of Cabot cheese in Vermont are looking into buying the North Country's oldest cheesemaker, McCadam of Heuvelton and Chateaugay. As David Sommerstein reports, the news is the latest indicator of a rapidly changing dairy industry.  Go to full article

Kraft Canton in Jeopardy


The future of the St. Lawrence County factory that makes award-winning Kraft cheddar cheese is uncertain. Kraft says it's evaluating the efficiency of its Canton plant along with others around the country. David Sommerstein has more.
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Dairy Farmers Revive Old Customs

If you drive out into the countryside these days, expecting pastoral scenes of placid cows grazing leisurely on grassy hillsides, you'll be at least 50 years too late. Traditional pastoral herding practices, based on the summertime abundance of self-renewing grasses, has mostly disappeared. It's been replaced by year-round production based on dried feeds grown from intensively worked soils. But some farms are resisting the trend. The Pleasant Ridge Farm in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, like a number of other farms around the Great Lakes region, is an example of a successful and quite modern, revival of pasture-based agriculture. You would also find an incredibly tasty cheese. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Ed Janus reports.  Go to full article

A Slow, Cold Start to the Growing Season

Below normal temperatures and late frost could stunt the growth of some North Country crops. And recent heavy rains are halting work in the fields. The relatively mild winter and summer-like temperatures in April did give the growing season a heads-up, but as Jody Tosti reports, the more a bud grows the more it's susceptible to damage.  Go to full article

Pesticide Residues Show Up On Organics

A recent report says if you eat organic produce, your exposure to
pesticide residues will be lower, but it doesn't mean your food is free from pesticides. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rebecca Williams explains.  Go to full article

Farm Preserves Natural Heritage

Along the fringes of urban growth farm museums are sprouting here and there. They're trying to preserve a bit of the rapidly changing terrain, as fields become subdivisions. But one of these farm museums recognizes that the land wasn't always farmland. Before it was plowed there was another earlier, vibrant landscape. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Green Group Reacts to Farm Bill

A group that's frequently critical of the nation's agricultural policies is speaking out against the recently signed 180 billion dollar farm bill. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Lehman reports.
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Crop Season Preview

We've had rain and snow showers in the past week, but North Country farmers are hoping for more precipitation this spring. Cornell Cooperative Extension agronomist Pete Barney, in Canton, shares thoughts on spring planting, farming and the coming crop season.  Go to full article

North Country Dairy Industry Considers Its Future

Stakeholders in the North Country dairy industry are hoping a series of meeting will help them develop a strategy for keeping area agricultural businesses successful. More than 100 people representing many sides of the dairy industry have been meeting since last November and have compiled dozens of ideas, including how to improve education, marketing and milk-pricing. As Jodi Tosti reports, one plan to come out of the meeting would provide job training for farm workers.  Go to full article

Adirondack Counties Added to Drought Watch

State officials have added eight counties in the Adirondacks to areas listed under a drought watch. The lack of snowfall this season is causing concerns that the situation could lead to low water supplies and an increase in forest fire danger this spring and summer. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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