By Lissa Harris on Monday, Mar. 29, 2010 - 10:59 am
This morning, I left Delhi before dawn to make the four-hour trek to Batavia for a meeting between the state's beleaguered dairy farmers and the Department of Justice's Christine Varney. I'm delighted to report that there's free wifi at Genessee Community... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Sunday, Mar. 28, 2010 - 1:24 pm
There's a tremendous appetite out there for local foods, and it's growing. Farmers are willing to feed the market. A growing network of distributors and retailers is having great success selling food from small farms. But there's a huge gap in the local... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Saturday, Mar. 27, 2010 - 10:53 pm
Nate Wilson had an op-ed in the Buffalo News yesterday, in which he accused federal regulators of "whistling past the graveyard" while the U.S. dairy industry collapses. Middletown, N. Y., cattle dealer Joe Distelburger, relates: “I spoke to a Western N.... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010 - 11:33 pm
Federal antitrust top cop Christine Varney has been talking to farmers across the nation lately about anti-competitive agricultural markets. On March 29, she'll be at Genesee Community College to get an earful from New York's dairy farmers. Farmers... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 - 6:42 pm
According to Dairy Herd Management, bright prospects for Domino's could be driving up dairy prices nationwide. Increased pizza consumption may help trim excess cheese supplies and provide a lift for beleaguered dairy producers still reeling from a milk-... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 - 12:41 pm
It's been the worst year for dairy farmers in memory--a year of catastrophic prices in which many farmers went deep in debt just to stay in business. Will 2010 bring any relief? Maybe so. Prices are picking up. And New York's dairy outlook is brighter... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 - 5:35 pm
For their meat or milk to be labeled organic, the USDA ruled today, cows must have access to pasture for at least 120 days out of the year. That goes for sheep and goats, too. The final rule provides certainty to consumers that organic livestock... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 - 12:55 pm
The New York Times paints a devastating portrait of Dean Pierson, the Copake dairy farmer who shot and killed 51 of his cows and then himself last month. George Beneke, the family vet for 40 years, said Dean Pierson was a good farmer, just as his father... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 - 3:21 pm
Sad fact: Even in the world of organic, not all milk is created equal. Dairy farmer Dean Sparks breaks it down. I live in Upstate NY, and I frequently check the dairy code numbers on products. Many organic products touting the “local” claim are actually... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 - 5:47 pm
Albany's CBS6 has the story. LIVINGSTON -- State Police are investigating the suicide death of a dairy farmer who killed 51 head of his cattle before he shot himself. Police responded to a 911 call Thursday afternoon and arrived at the Copake farm to find... Read more


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