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Dairy Coops Leverage Market Power

Dairy farmers are taking an historic step toward controlling the supply of milk in the United States. Farmers accounting for 70 percent of the milk made nationally have banded together to cut production in order to raise the price they get paid. David Sommerstein reports most of the North Country's farmer cooperatives have signed on, but some farmers are wary.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would help pay for skyrocketing Medicaid, health care, and pension costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Owners Save Lewis County Plants

The Lewis County timber industry received a small flurry of good news this week. Yesterday a Texas company announced it purchased a wood-fired power plant in Lyonsdale. The day before an Italian papermaker agreed to buy the LTX Fibre mill in Beaver Falls. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article
US Sen. Chuck Shumer
US Sen. Chuck Shumer

Schumer Visits Lewis County and Massena

Senator Chuck Schumer outlined his agenda of North Country issues in two appearances yesterday. New York's senior senator discussed a statewide snowmobile insurance plan in Brantingham in Lewis County. Then he met with local officials in Massena, where he pledged to aid the ailing dairy and aluminum industries. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lewis County gets 911

It's been a week since Lewis County residents could begin dialing 911 in case of an emergency. With the new system in place, dispatchers now have quick access to information about a caller's location and identity. But, as Jody Tosti reports, county officials say the system hasn't been perfected yet. They still have a few glitches to work out  Go to full article
Kevin Sullivan's greener pastures.
Kevin Sullivan's greener pastures.

Seasonal Dairying: A Viable Alternative

Most dairy farmers in the North Country milk their cows all year long. It brings in a steady paycheck and ensures a steady flow of milk to manufacturing plants. But a small but growing number give their cows a break during the coldest months. It's a technique called seasonal dairying. Its supporters say it's gentler on the cows, easier on the environment, and gives small dairy farms a future in an industry that's growing ever bigger. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

2002 Home Sales Sharply Up

The real estate market in parts of the North Country saw significant growth in 2002. Prices for single family homes also rose. David Sommerstein reports low interest rates and the stagnant stock market have been enticing people to buy new homes.  Go to full article

Snowmobile Trails Still Closed as Insurance Problems Continue

State officials continue to talk with insurance companies about protecting landowners and snowmobile clubs from liability for accidents on private trails. Clubs closed thousands of miles of trails across the state last week due to inadequate insurance. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Tim MacIntyre and his son T.J. are two of the thousands of snowmobilers who play -- and spend money -- in the North Country each winter.
Tim MacIntyre and his son T.J. are two of the thousands of snowmobilers who play -- and spend money -- in the North Country each winter.

Snowmobile Clubs' Insurance Woes; Trails Close

Snowmobile clubs in Lewis, Jefferson, and St. Lawrence counties and across New York State have had to close their trail systems after discovering their insurance policy doesn't cover snowmobile riders. The interruption comes at the height of the season that generates tens of millions of dollars for local economies. As David Sommerstein reports, irresponsible drivers are fueling a perception that the sport is too dangerous to insure.  Go to full article
Kevin Sullivan's intensive grazing fields (top) and a conventional farm barnyard.
Kevin Sullivan's intensive grazing fields (top) and a conventional farm barnyard.

The Joy of Grazing

Fewer than 10 percent of North Country dairy farmers graze their cows on pasture. Most confine their herd to big barns and feed them grains and hay. But since the 1980s, agronomists have been encouraging small farms to embrace intensive rotational grazing during the warmer months as a way to cut costs. Farmers then only buy feed for the winter. David Sommerstein reports on a model 60-cow grazing farm in the Lewis County town of Denmark, near Carthage.

The Adirondack North Country Association's Martha Pickard consults for free with farmers to design a grazing management plan. You can reach her at 518-891-6200.  Go to full article

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