The 25th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show butter sculpture, unveiled at a ceremony on Jan. 8, depicts the groundbreaking milk distribution designed to provide milk to at-risk Pennsylvanians through the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program sponsored the sculpture which features the milk distribution program implemented in June 2014, an initiative implemented by the PDA and the two organizations. Continue reading
LIVERPOOL, NY — Bill Magee, a fixture in the New York Assembly, received the well-deserved New York State Agricultural Society’s Distinguished Service Citation at the conclusion of the 183rd meeting and agricultural forum at the Holiday Inn on Jan. 8.
Magee, a native of Madison County in central New York and a Cornell University graduate, has served the interests of New York agriculture and the 121st Assembly District since 1990. He has been chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee since 1999 and has been a longtime ally of the Farm Bureau.
The citation was established in 1956 as the Ag Society’s highest honor. Continue reading
LIVERPOOL, NY -— Richard Ball has been a farmer for four decades, but in the past 12 months he was surprised to witness some very different aspects of agriculture.
After he donned the hat of New York Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets in January 2014, Ball traveled constantly, listening to and helping other farmers with their concerns. Occasionally, their concerns were beyond his personal experience.
Last July, for example, he visited farms in Lewis County in far northern New York that were hard hit by a rare tornado. In November, he commiserated with farmers in Erie County in western New York following an unusually-heavy snowstorm that leveled, by local accounts, nearly 100 barns and greenhouses and wiped out livestock and crops. Yates County farms suffered from a severe hail storm. Continue reading
Farmers hear it all the time: “We have to educate the consumer.”
But what if the consumer doesn’t want to be educated? What if the consumer is simply looking for clear answers to honest questions?
The generation currently making the most noise about food production is millennials. They’re the children of baby boomers, ranging in age from 18 to 34. Continue reading