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Rural internet program will go on in spite of massive cuts to federal funding

The Agriculture Appropriations Act, which passed the U.S. House this afternoon, will cut much of the funding for a program designed to bring better broadband internet to underserved rural areas--including many in the North Country.  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam Tourism Research Center Receives Federal Boost

A Northern New York travel and tourism research center at SUNY Potsdam recently got a financial helping hand from an area Congressman. As Jody Tosti reports, the funding is a key part in getting the center up and running in the next few months.  Go to full article

Census Shows Increase in Rural Same-sex Couple Households

The 2000 census shows that there are more gay and lesbian couples than ever before living in rural areas. In New York, the number of same-sex couples living in small towns has jumped nearly five-fold. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Highway Dollars Bypass Rural Areas

A new study has found that rural roads draw far fewer federal dollars than roads and highways in cities. Small town roads are also more deadly. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Sprawl Versus Farmland, Part 2

Room for development and farming? In Part 2 of a two part series, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium looks at urban sprawl and farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant looks at a program that doesn't cost taxpayers money.  Go to full article

Sprawl Versus Farmland, Part 1

This spring, 135 people from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana took a trip to the east coast to get ideas about containing development and protecting farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant has this first report in a two-part series.  Go to full article

Independence Day 2000 Milk Dump

A group of North Country dairy farmers joined hundreds of others around the nation in dumping milk on the Fourth of July in 2000, to protest low prices. The group is part of a nationwide dairy industry push to ask Congress to give farmers more control over the price and distribution system for milk. More than 40 farmers and their families gathered on the Aubertine farm in Jefferson county on Independence Day and watched as thousands of gallons of fresh milk were drained from large tanker trucks into a manure pit. As the torrent of milk soaked into the ground, Todd Moe spoke with Vince Aubertine.  Go to full article

Labor Day 1987 Milk Dump

North Country farmers dumped milk to protest low milk prices fifteen years ago, on Labor Day, 1987. Dumping is the ultimate step for the farmer who has raised the cow, kept her, milked her. But theirs was more than a symbolic gesture. Two dozen farms were hoping their milk strike would catch on--that enough farmers would join in to turn the law of supply and demand to their cause. They were remembering the milk strike of 1967. Martha Foley visited the Mitchell farm just outside Canton and filed the story for North Country Public Radio, and NPR. At that time, there were 860 active farms in St. Lawrence County, one of the top dairy counties east of the Mississippi. They were making more per hundredweight of milk than farmers did in August 2002.  Go to full article

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