Dry weather troublesome for local farms

The lack of rain is drying out north country corn crops, such as this one on North Community Drive in the town of Rutland. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

The lack of rain is drying out north country corn crops, such as this one on North Community Drive in the town of Rutland. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Year to year, north country farmers expect hot spells and dry weather, but not enough that it would severely affect crops. [Read more…]

Cuomo mulls giving farmers break from minimum wage proposal

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office is working on a plan that would give farmers a break from his proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. [Read more…]

January 2016 Cover Story: Economic Outlook

Slow and steady
growth wins the race

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

OUTLOOK 2016 / MILITARY: A soldier salutes during the presentation of the colors last year in an activation ceremony for the 10th Mountain Division Divarty. As the post avoided major cuts in 2015, Fort Drum officials remain positive that 2016 will be a healthy year for one of region’s top economic sectors. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Despite a few challenges, experts say the region is on pace for a positive year in 2016. Six sectors of the north country’s economy are ripe with opportunities for growth.

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A grim fate cast a pall over the north country in early 2015, as federal budget sequestration threatened to cut up to 16,000 personnel from Fort Drum in an effort by the army to trim its active duty force from 490,000 to 450,000 by fiscal year 2017. [Read more…]

October 2015 20 Questions: On Leadership

On leadership

Lessons and advice from north country leaders

Since NNY Business began publishing monthly in December 2010, we have featured a wide-ranging, in-depth interview with a different north country business or leader 11 times a year, skipping December for our 20 Under 40 emerging leaders issue. Our 54 featured interviews to date have not been limited to the for-profit sector. We’ve sat down with nonprofit and not-for-profit leaders, and educational and health care leaders. The 20 questions that follow are the best of leadership from nearly five years of interviews. [Read more…]

July 2015 Cover Story: Agriculture

Agriculture’s missing link

Pigs surround Lucki 7 Livestock Co. owner Steve G. Winkler, Rodman. Mr. Winkler is a member of the steering committee that is working to develop a USDA-certified meat-processing plant in Watertown. Mr. Winkler’s manages a naturally certified livestock farm specializing in pork. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Pigs surround Lucki 7 Livestock Co. owner Steve G. Winkler, Rodman. Mr. Winkler is a member of the steering committee that is working to develop a USDA-certified meat-processing plant in Watertown. Mr. Winkler’s manages a naturally certified livestock farm specializing in pork. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

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 [Read more…]

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

Farming for the future

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

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

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 the public and more. This month, he talked with NNY Business about what it’s like to work on a family farm, technological advancements that have allowed the industry to bolster efficiencies and the future of agriculture in the north country. [Read more…]

$20.6 million USDA meat processing plant planned at Watertown business park

Plans to build a $20.6 million meat processing facility at Jefferson County Corporate Park were unveiled Thursday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

Plans to build a $20.6 million meat processing facility at Jefferson County Corporate Park were unveiled Thursday. Photo by Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times.

SACKETS HARBOR — A $20.6 million meat processing facility certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been planned at the Jefferson County Corporate Park by a local developer and a group of farmers. [Read more…]