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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this afternoon called on the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize $300 million in emergency relief funding for dairy farmers.

Four Fat Fowl is an Artisan Creamery committed to making locally-sourced, handcrafted cheeses of the finest quality. The family operation is based in Stephentown, a small town in Rensselaer County, NY. 

Shaleena Bridgham joins us now to share more about the company’s story and, of course, more about their cheese.

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Vermont legislators are drafting an emergency rescue package to help the state's struggling dairy farmers.

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New York's governor is threatening to sue federal immigration officials following a raid on an upstate dairy farm that he says was illegal.

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It may not feel like spring has sprung – but it is nearly time for a major regional spring event: Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

On April 14, Hancock Shaker Village will begin welcoming visitors to visit their newly restored silos, Dairy Ell, and Round Stone Barn – which will be full of lambs, piglets, calves, chicks, and kids through May 6.

We are joined by Hancock Shaker Village’s Director of Facilities and Farm Billy Mangiardi and Director of Education Cindy Dickinson.

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Mountain Lake PBS held a forum on the dairy crisis Monday evening, covering how historically low milk prices are impacting farmers.  It comes at the same time New York U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand announced new legislation aimed at bolstering a safety net that farmers say doesn’t work.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting legislation that would return to dairy farmers premiums paid into a program intended to be a safety net when milk prices to producers plummet.  The Democrat says farmers have never benefited even though milk prices have been dropping since the program was implemented.

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The Vermont Milk Commission is working to learn more about the health of the state's dairy industry in hopes that solutions to the challenges the industry faces can be addressed in the next federal farm bill.

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Following dry and drought conditions last summer, Northeast farmers are facing the opposite challenge this growing season: a rainy, cool spring that has delayed the planting of corn and other crops and the first cutting of hay for livestock feed.

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The dairy group that has run the popular Milk Bar at the New York State Fair since 1952 says it's pulling out because of funding issues with the Cuomo administration.

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New dairy import policies being considered by Canada has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to write the Canadian premier highlighting the negative impact on both countries if Canada implements a National Ingredient Strategy.

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Milk production in the region is up as the payments farmers are receiving have dropped to unprofitable levels.  Meanwhile the federal program intended to buffer the low points is coming under increasing criticism.  This is occurring at the same time an export market that might aid the dairy industry could be blocked.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has ordered a dairy farm in Brandon to take corrective actions and pay a fine for violations of the state’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

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Northeast dairy farmers anticipating a payout from a settlement with a national dairy marketing cooperative may have to wait a year before seeing any checks. 

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A federal judge in Vermont has approved a $50 million settlement to be paid by a national dairy marketing cooperative to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers.

Agri-Mark and Empire State Development announced Thursday that nearly $30 million will be invested in the company’s Northern New York cheese manufacturing plant.

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Farmers and agricultural leaders from Vermont, New England and New York gathered in Burlington today for an annual conference for dairy producers. Sustainability is a key issue at the gathering.

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There is a glut of milk being produced in the Northeast.  There’s so much that processors are dumping the product before it reaches store shelves.

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The role dairy plays in our regional cuisine is a large one, with New York state being the third largest dairy producer in the country. Dairy farmer Jessica Getty and Chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn join us in the studio.

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Dairy farmers are contending with a drop in milk prices, and the National Family Farm Coalition wants action taken to mitigate the impact on farm families.

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The deadline for dairy farmers to enroll in a new price protection program has been extended to Dec. 19.

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Dairy experts are urging farmers to sign up for a new program included in the Farm Bill that is their only safety net for fluctuating milk prices.

    

  In The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.

For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if the very foods we’ve been denying ourselves—the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks—are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?

In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate will once again consider the Farm Bill. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is presenting measures she claims will help stabilize the state’s dairy industry. 

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The 2012 Farm Bill failed to come to a floor vote in the U.S. House before the end of year, but some key provisions were passed as part of the fiscal bill that the House passed late on New Year’s Day.