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Local teen runs his own maple sugaring enterprise

Nick Perrone, 18, is one of few young maple entrepreneurs in NYS

Since he was a child, Nick Perrone was fascinated with maple sugar production and raising Christmas trees. Now, only 18, this high school senior is developing a formidable business out of these activities.

NYS Farm research projects under way in 2014

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has announced 27 farm research projects under way in 2014.

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Ticonderoga farmers market preparing for summer

Vendor being sought for 2014 season

It’s not exactly growing season, but the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market is seeking vendors for this summer.

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County task force says “neigh” to animal cruelty

An emerging group of lawmakers, civic organizations and grassroots activists want you to know that animal abuse doesn’t fly in Essex County.

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Area leaders to strategize composting of yard and food waste

While other counties in New York State regionalized their recycling and composting over the last two decades, Warren County abandoned the practice, leaving its individual towns to decide how to deal with the procedures. The result has been a widespread lack of lack of simple measures that could be earning towns revenue while providing soil-enrichment products for local citizens. A group of citizen activists now are urging towns so adopt practices that have proven to make money, while providing a valuable service for their residents.

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Nettle Meadow Farm featured on new NYC webzine

A farm located in the remote rural mountain-town of Thurman that raises goats and other creatures with humane practices — and creates world-class cheeses — was hailed recently in a new Manhattan-based webzine.

Miner Institute lands $330,000 grant

Miner Institute has been awarded a $330,000 research grant from the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) to monitor surface runoff and tile drainage effluent from two corn fields.

Climate change to be discussed in Chazy

The impact of climate change on Northern New York agriculture is on the agenda of the 2014 North Country Crop Congresses, Tuesday, February 18 at W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, in Chazy.

Agri exemption class offered

The Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District will be assisting agricultural landowners with completion of Soil Group worksheets for agricultural exemption.

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Schroon Lake man earns state honor

Farm Bureau cites Larry Phillips

A Schroon Lake man has been recognized by the New York State Farm Bureau. Larry Phillips received the Most Valuable Volunteer Award during the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Syracuse recently.

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North Hudson seeks Frontier Town lands from county

The idea to forgive $16,933.01 in back property taxes and turn a portion of the former Frontier Town land to North Hudson was first presented in committee meetings Nov. 18, with discussion continuing during the Nov. 25 Ways and Means Committee meeting.

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Migrant workers topic of library lecture

Ever wonder who picks the apples we purchase in our grocery stories or at the various orchard farms stands that dot our region? More often than not migrant workers - immigrant migrant workers - pick them, people whose lives can be experienced in the brilliant award-winning documentary “After I Pick the Fruit,” that will be screened at the Keene Valley Public Library on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.

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Strawberry festival honored with Heritage Award

The Wadhams Strawberry Festival, held on Father’s Day each year, was honored with the North Country Heritage Award by the Canton-based organization Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).

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Master gardeners sought in Warren County

Have an interest in gardening? Cornell Cooperative Extension in Warren County is now seeking volunteers for their Master Gardener program that teaches others to grow various vegetables, flowers and plants successfully.

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Open house set Nov. 9 to view county horses

The horses, taken from the Wing and a Prayer Farm in Essex Sept. 18 through 20 after an investigation, led to charges against owner Shelley Wing and daughter, Emily, on counts of animal cruelty. On Oct. 9, the horses were deemed to be property of the county after Wing was unable to pay a bond for their care.