Apr 17, 2013 — You might have been surprised last summer to hear politicians walking around and talking about--yogurt. Governor Andrew Cuomo held a Yogurt Summit at the Capitol in Albany, where he said the explosion of the Greek yogurt industry in New York is a once-in-a-generation moment. "This is one of the best private sector market opportunities that Upstate New York has had in 30, 40 years," procliamed Cuomo. "I don't know when we get another one. I really, really don't. And that entrepreneurial spirit is when you see an opportunity, grab it."
New York has invested millions of dollars in tax breaks into new and expanding yogurt plants. Cuomo wants to ease environmental rules to encourage 200 cow dairy farms to become 300 cow dairy farms and make more milk.
Experts say New York farmers will have to boost milk production by 15 percent, or two billion pounds each year, to keep up with demand.
So does New York have a milk shortage? And are farmers stepping up it fill it?
The answers lie in cream cheese, Old McDonald, and something called the Chobani Paradox. Go to full article
It's pretty typical for us to drop way off in June of a school year and then get ready to receive 150, 200, 250 in September.
Philadelphia, NY, Sep 29, 2011 — The Indian River Central School District in Jefferson County is growing, fast. As the school year began this fall, the district received 90 new students in nine school days. Nearly 70 percent of the district's students come from military families, so numbers fluctuate with deployments and as housing is built on Fort Drum and in surrounding areas. Reporter Joanna Richards spoke with Assistant Superintendent Mary Anne Dobmeier about population trends at Indian River, and how the district is absorbing so many new students after the school year has begun. Go to full article
Dec 27, 2007 — Our next story takes place on a dark, Halloween night. David Sommerstein was coming back from an assignment at Fort Drum. Everything was going great until the village of Philadelphia, when David's car just coasted to a stop. Fortunately, he ran out of gas in front of a house where the gas can was getting plenty of use. Coincidence and the kindness of strangers for today's Heard Up North. Go to full article
Feb 26, 2003 — Land has been cleared for a new community garden in the North Country village of Philadelphia. Organizers say the garden, near Fort Drum, will be a reliable source of fresh vegetables for area families and food pantries, and a powerful means to bring people together. Todd Moe talks with Odette Butler, of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Jefferson County. For more information about community gardens, call 315-788-8450Go to full article