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Food Tracking Gaining Steam?

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

Farm to School Program Expands

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

Farm Buffer Strips a Lasting Solution?

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

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

Farmers Get Help with Agricultural Districts

Farmers will have an easier time getting their lands included in agricultural districts under a new state law. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Study: Region's Prime Farmland At Risk

A new study shows prime farmland in the Great Lakes region is being lost to development. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Natalie Walston reports.  Go to full article

Clinton County Dairy Farm Beats the Odds: Heifer Triplets!

Friday the 13th was a lucky day for a Clinton county dairy farm. A set of heifer triplets was born last Friday on the Nichols farm near Churubusco. Bernadette Nichols tells Todd Moe that Amy, Jo and Meg are doing fine.  Go to full article

Summer 2002: A Challenge for Farmers

Martha Foley talks with Pete Barney, agronomist with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton, about the challenges of farming in the North Country this summer.  Go to full article

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

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

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