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Most of us who have lived in New York state — let alone the Adirondack Park — knows what it’s like to get tangled up in weird, confusing and costly regulations. A few months ago, I listened to the owner of a new liquor store talk...
Note from Ellen (November 2010): When I wrote this entry back in June, I did so after a walk around my “neighborhood” that surprised me with the variety of farms located in such a compact geography. I brought to this entry my own...
News stories tagged with "farms"
by Julie Grant
Sep 13, 2005 — Food More and more schools, universities and other institutions with cafeterias are by-passing processed foods from multi-national corporations. Instead, they're buying food from local farmers. Advocates say locally-grown fruits and vegetables are fresher. They say the food tastes better, and they're finding kids sometimes ask for apples and tomatoes instead of candy and chips. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Aug 12, 2005 — A massive sewage spill from a dairy farm near Lowville, on the Black River, forced Watertown to shut off its main water supply yesterday afternoon. The city is operating on reserves of stored water. State officials have increased the flow of water from the Stillwater Reservoir, hoping to flush the liquid manure out into Lake Ontario. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
by NCPR News
Jul 01, 2004 — Governor Pataki yesterday signed a bill into law that allows agricultural cooperatives to take advantage of New York's Empire Zones. Dairy farmers sell their milk to coops, like Allied and Dairylea. Those coops sometimes invest in factories. But previously they weren't eligible for the tax breaks and cheap power available to other plants under the Empire Zone program. The St. Lawrence County Farm Bureau says the new law may help find tenants for places like the soon-to-be-vacant Kraft plant in Canton. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
May 20, 2004 — On Wednesday, a group of farmers and local leaders from the Adirondacks traveled to Quebec. They made the trip to learn about strategies for developing and marketing local produce, everything from organic wheat to apple wine. Tom Both is supervisor in the town of Keene and heads a group called Adirondack Harvest. He spoke with Brian Mann about what he describes as a renaissance for the region's farms and orchards. 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
Feb 16, 2004 — On the heels of the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., North Country Congressman John McHugh is among lawmakers calling for a national animal ID program to track meat. As David Sommerstein reports, similar technology may be the future in helping consumers know more about the food they eat. Go to full article
by Jody Tosti
Oct 06, 2003 — For the second straight year, SUNY Potsdam is helping promote the work of North Country farmers by using locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables at the school. The Farm-to-School Program helps boost local businesses, while cutting down on the environmental impacts associated with the packaging and shipping of such goods from across the state and nation. Jody Tosti reports. Go to full article
Apr 29, 2003 — Each spring, the seasonal rains and melting snow lead to millions of gallons of water entering rivers and streams around the Midwest. While that water is important for the rivers' health, it brings with it soil, herbicides, and insecticides from farms. Programs designed to help keep soil and chemicals on the farm and out of the watershed are growing in popularity around the region. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl has more. Go to full article