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Allison Akins starts her day at 6am when she feeds the calves. Photo: Monique Cornett
Allison Akins starts her day at 6am when she feeds the calves. Photo: Monique Cornett

Math teacher or farmer- how would you decide?

The average age of a dairy farmer in New York is 57 according to the latest farm census figures. That means many North Country dairy farms are thinking about the next generation and "Who's going to take over the family farm?"

NCPR's summer intern Monique Cornett started out this summer with a mission: to learn how to milk a cow. What she stumbled into was a family in mid-transition with a daughter Monique's age still contemplating her career path.  Go to full article
Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris
Inside the barn at McKnight Farm in Montpelier, VT. Photo: Sarah Harris

2014 projected to be record year for milk prices

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont dairy farmers were paid a record high price for their milk in April and prices remain strong, driven in part by international demand for U.S. dairy products. The extra income is allowing farmers to pay off debt, repair equipment and make other investments, following challenging years in 2012 and 2009.  Go to full article
Berkshire blue cheese at New Amsterdam Market. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/susievision/4742362698">Susie Wyshak</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Berkshire blue cheese at New Amsterdam Market. Photo: Susie Wyshak, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US Senators say FDA cheese rule hurts New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's U.S. senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration to issue better guidance for cheese aging, arguing that New York cheese makers will be hurt if they can't use wooden boards to age their cheese.

Democratic senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday said artisanal cheese makers in upstate New York are affected by the FDA's interpretation of a rule that could require costly changes to production.  Go to full article

NY Assembly OKs yogurt as official state snack

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is one step closer to making yogurt its official state snack. The state's Assembly endorsed the measure 85-1 on Wednesday. The legislation passed the Senate last month and now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for consideration.  Go to full article
The 2014 Dairy Princess Jennifer King and her court. Photo: Natalie Dignam
The 2014 Dairy Princess Jennifer King and her court. Photo: Natalie Dignam

What dairy princesses love about their work

People from all over St. Lawrence County gathered in Canton last weekend to celebrate the 50th annual Dairy Festival.

On Saturday, the village park filled up with food vendors, a petting zoo, a bouncy house for kids. Dairy groups and equipment suppliers set up booths.
As always, there was a real hometown parade, featuring the just-crowned dairy princess and her court.

And this year, in honor of the 50th anniversary, about 20 former princesses turned out, too. You couldn't miss them: they wore matching hot pink T-shirts with a cartoon Holstein and the legend: "Once a princess always a princess."

NCPR's summer intern Kelly Bartlett caught up with this year's Princess, Jennifer King, and former Princess Hannah Peck.  Go to full article
Some of the action at Friday night's Dairy Princess block dance. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Some of the action at Friday night's Dairy Princess block dance. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Were you at the Dairy Princess block dance? We were!

This year St. Lawrence County celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Dairy Princess tradition. Traditionally, the parade and festival are on Saturday, but by Friday noon vendors and organizations are pretty well set up, and downtown begins to orient toward the village park.

Friday night, there's a street dance, and this year a classic car show. Park Street was closed for a couple blocks between the park and the library/post office side of the street. We went. There were people everywhere: in the park, on the street, in the alleys, cruising parking lots for an empty spot.

I believe it's been 10 years that the local John Deere dealer has sponsored the street dance. That means BIG tractors, and little ones, that kids could climb into. And country music. Clusters of teenagers. Little kids running around and dancing (the evening starts with a Big Wheel race.) Clusters of teenagers. Lot of folks camped out in lawn chairs -- family groups and old friends catching up. Indeed it was an annual festival of all things dairy. Here's how it looked:  Go to full article
Photo courtesy of Amy Moulton
Photo courtesy of Amy Moulton

What it takes to be Dairy Princess

This year St. Lawrence County celebrates the 50th anniversary of its dairy princess tradition--tonight in Madrid, at the annual pageant, a new princess will be crowned, and tomorrow morning she and her court will star in a parade through downtown Canton.

For the past half century, a group of judges has been selecting a wholesome young woman from the community to be the face of the local dairy industry. To become the dairy princess a girl has to be between 16 and 21 years old, and has to compete in a pageant where she is judged on her public speaking ability, her general poise, and her knowledge of dairy products.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

NY dairy farms will get surprise inspections from OSHA

Workplace safety rules are about to get a little stricter on New York dairy farms. There's an ongoing, national debate about workplace safety on farms, which are exempt from many federal regulations.

In 2012, the Department of Labor proposed rules that would protect children from the most dangerous farm tasks. The Labor Department ended up withdrawing that proposal. About a year later, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced plans for a program of surprise inspections for New York dairies. The random visits are set to begin in July, in response to an alarming trend of frequent accidents in the industry.  Go to full article
Photo: chobani.com
Photo: chobani.com

New York top yogurt producer in US for second year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Call it the yogurt empire state.

For the second year in a row, New York has been named the top yogurt producer in the United States.  Go to full article
Dairy cows in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Dairy cows in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

A farmworker speaks out on dairy farm dangers

A Syracuse-area farm worker is touring regional churches and community centers to bring attention to workplace dangers on dairy farms.

José Cañas is originally from El Salvador, but he's worked in New York agriculture for three years. Cañas says he's putting his job on the line to let people know about the risks posed to agricultural laborers from slippery floors, large animals, heavy equipment, and chemicals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 55 fatalities on New York State dairy farms since 2006.  Go to full article

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