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Work continues on the 6.6-acre site of North Country Ag off Ross Road in Lowville. Upon completion later this year, the business will sell farm equipment and feed from a 4,320-square-foot building. Photo by Christina Scanlon/NNY Business.

North Country Ag LLC

What: Farm equipment and feed store. North Country Ag is a joint venture of Finger Lakes Dairy Services Inc., a livestock supply and equipment distributor, and Keystone Mills, which sells feed for livestock and pets.

Location: Off Ross Road, Lowville.

Size: 4,320-square-foot building on a 6.6-acre parcel

Declared value: Less than $100,000

General: Adirondack Valley Builders, Lowville.

Estimated completion: Fall 2013

Local jobs: About a dozen construction jobs; half-dozen retail jobs when complete.

— Compiled by Kyle R. Hayes

New ag, convenience stores proposed in Lowville

A sign off Number Four Road in Lowville promotes a farm and feed store proposed by North Country Ag LLC next to Tractor Supply. The entrance to the store is slated to be on Ross Road.

LOWVILLE — Village planners are reviewing proposals for new agricultural and convenience stores here.

North Country Ag LLC, Seneca Falls, has submitted plans to build a 60-by-72-foot farm equipment and feed store on a 6.6-acre parcel off Ross Road next to Tractor Supply, while Valentine Stores Inc., Watertown, plans to build a 90-by-50-foot Nice N Easy store with a five-station gas pump island on Utica Boulevard at the site of the former Lighthouse Restaurant and Motel.

North Country Ag is a joint venture of Finger Lakes Dairy Services Inc., a livestock supply and equipment distributor, and Keystone Mills, which sells feed for livestock and pets.

The proposed store, about half of which is to be warehouse space, will provide a base of operations for the companies’ area salesmen and hopefully attract walk-in customers as well, said Merlin D. Kurtz of Keystone Mills.

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