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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

Farm Practices Slow to Change

For years, environmentalists, government workers, and others have been puzzled about why more farmers don't make use of environmentally friendly land management practices. Now, researchers have found some of the reasons farmers persist in farming the way they do--and why they don't listen to outside experts. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

People: Judy Aldrich, St. Lawrence County Dairy Farmer

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence county farmer Judy Aldrich about old and new challenges facing dairy farmers and the dairy industry. Aldrich serves on a national advisory committee at the USDA.  Go to full article

Curbing Emissions from Heavy Equipment

The EPA is taking on a major source of uncontrolled pollution: emissions from farm and construction equipment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Halpert looks at the challenges the EPA faces in this far-reaching regulatory effort.  Go to full article

Northeast Dairy Compact Nearer to Restoration

Milk price protections for dairy farmers inched closer to reality this week. The Senate voted in favor of keeping a $2 billion dairy plan in the government's five-year farm bill. The program would pay Northeast farmers when the price of milk drops below set levels. Senator Hillary Clinton says there are three objectives of the bill--the first is a strong safety net for dairy farmers until a compact is put back in place.  Go to full article

A Good Year for Army Worms

Conditions are just right this summer for the common army worm. Martha Foley talks with Cooperative Extension agronomist Pete Barney.  Go to full article

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