Jan 29, 2004 — Martha Foley talks with Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, president of Kirschenmann Farms, a 3500-acre operation in North Dakota that was certified organic over 20 years ago. Kirschenmann is also director of The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Iowa. He's leading discussion today at Jefferson Community College. Go to full article
Jan 28, 2004 — After 50 years of making cheese in its Canton factory, Kraft Foods is closing its operations in June. Kraft said in 2002 that it would re-eveluate the Canton operation, weighing the small, old plant against its other facilities around the world. Earlier this week Kraft -- now a subsidiary of Philip Morris -- announced it would cut thousands of jobs at all levels of its organization over the next two years. Jody Tosti talks with Canton Mayor Robert Wells about the loss of local jobs and the ripple effects of the closing. Go to full article
Jun 25, 2003 — 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
Jason McCullom in the milking parlor of his dad Kevin's farm.
Sep 17, 2002 — In this first part of our series on the dairy industry in the North Country, David Sommerstein looks at the price of milk as seen through the eyes of one mid-size dairy farmer. Go to full article
Jul 08, 2002 — Senator Clinton's visit to the North Country included a stop in Canton to talk with local officials about the future of the Kraft plant. It's been more than 50 years since Kraft has been making cheese at its Canton factory, but corporate officials recently announced they are looking at the plant's efficiency along with others around the country. Closing the plant would leave a ripple effect of lost jobs and business across the North Country. Jody Tosti reports. Go to full article
Jun 25, 2002 — 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