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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

Medicaid Funding Puts Counties in Pinch

County lawmakers across the North Country are approving steep property tax hikes in next year's budgets, in some places by 10 to 20 percent. They say they need the money to pay for soaring Medicaid costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
East Branch of Fish Creek
East Branch of Fish Creek

Protecting the Tug Hill: Fish Creek

Last summer, New York State, the Nature Conservancy, and a Boston-based timber company announced a plan to preserve 45,000 acres of forest on the Tug Hill Plateau. It's the result of a decade of coalition building between the many users of the Tug Hill. So far it has broad support. David Sommerstein visited what's now called the "East Branch of Fish Creek Working Forest" to see how the plan is shaping up.  Go to full article

Two Economic Approaches in the 122nd Assembly District

Some 50 people gathered at the Northside Improvement League in Watertown last night to hear a debate among Assembly candidates in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. In the mostly rural and Republican 122nd district, Republican incumbent Dee Dee Scozzafava faces a challenge from Democrat Andy Byrnes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lewis Co. Residents Pursue Ames Replacement

A group of women in Lewis County has gathered more than 4000 signatures petitioning the county legislature to pursue replacement stores aggressively when Ames closes. The Ames location in Lowville is the only department store in the county. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Announces $17 Million for Five Upstate Wind Farms

Governor Pataki has announced state funding that will help develop five wind farms in upstate New York. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Learning to Read Late in Life

Coming out of the illiteracy closet. David Sommerstein profiles two people who have learned to read late in life with the help of Literacy Volunteers in Jefferson and Lewis counties.  Go to full article

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