Regional council talks gains for north country with state funding

CLAYTON — The message to the state’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team was clear: State money has made an impact in the north country, in areas such as job creation, green energy production, industry investment and military retention.

The state Strategic Implementation Assessment Team listens to North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry F. Douglas, right, present on the ‘new north country’ regional developments. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

July 2015 Feature Story: Agriculture

A growth investment 298-acre Ellisburg farm purchased for $2.3 million By Ted Booker, NNY Business

Douglas W. Shelmidine, owner of Sheland Farms, Ellisburg, stands on his County Route 79 farm during the summer of 2006. Mr. Shelmidine recently purchaced the neighboring 298-acre farm for a record per-acre price of about $6,500, or $2.3 million total. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

July 2015 Cover Story: Agriculture

Agriculture’s missing link As plans for a state-of-the-art meat-processing facility are unveiled, north country farmers say the project is the latest boon for an ever-growing local industry. By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

Developer Michael E. Lundy, CEO of Lundy Development Corp., Carthage stands in front of the site for the proposed $20m New York Meat Co. in the Jefferson County Industrial Park off Coffeen Street at Interstate 81 in the town of Watertown. Investors hope to break ground on the plant in spring 2016. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

July 2015 20 Questions: Ronald C. Robbins, North Harbor Dairy

Farming for the future Diversification, technology, keys to success at North Harbor Dairy Ronald C. Robbins knew he wanted to be in the agriculture business by the time he was 7. Today, he runs a farm that’s home to more than 1,000 cows, about 7,000 acres of farmland, a visitor’s education center that’s open to… [Continue Reading]

Ronald C.  “Ron” Robbins talks about the future of the agriculture industry in Northern New York. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.


Watertown Legislator Carolyn Fitzpatrick wins 25th Athena Award

WATERTOWN — Jefferson County Board of Legislators Chairwoman Carolyn D. Fitzpatrick was announced Thursday morning as the 25th Athena Award r … [Read More...]


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