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…]

April 2015 Agribusiness Feature Story: Maple

Liquid gold

Previous page, top, buckets collect sap on maple trees at Massey Ranch. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Previous page, top, buckets collect sap on maple trees at Massey Ranch. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Maple production a key to agribusiness growth in north country, state

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

The snow is melting. The temperature is rising. The sap is running. It’s maple season, and Northern New York’s sweetest industry is on the rise. [Read more…]

March 2015: Agri-Business

Maple Weekends on tap in March

Columnist Jay Matteson

Columnist Jay Matteson

March is one of the sweetest times of the year as fragrant steam wafts out of the top of sugar houses across our state. Native Americans started a tradition long ago that continues today, capturing the sweet sap of certain trees and boiling the water off to make a delicious sap. Since many of you are already saying, “OK, time to visit a sugar house and get some syrup,” you should know that Maple Weekend is March 21 and 22 and March 28 and 29. This is the 20th year of the annual celebration. This harbinger of spring provides an excellent chance to learn about syrup production, taste all the great products made from syrup, and buy enough to bring home and last the rest of the year. [Read more…]

Lewis field crops educator leaving Extension in mid-February

Joseph R. Lawrence

LOWVILLE — The field crops educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County plans to leave next month for greener pastures.

Joseph R. Lawrence, who has served in the post since 2008, in mid-February plans to leave the Lowville extension office for a job with McClelland Agronomic Services helping local farmers achieve crop production goals. [Read more…]