The GMO controversy

CEWM-MR-2-The GMO 1by Steve Wagner
When freshman Pennsylvania legislator Mindy Fee became a state representative, she did so with an acute awareness of farming in her district. On Nov. 7, this interest manifested itself in the form of a farmer’s breakfast held in Manheim. She was fortunate to get Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig to be the main speaker.

As the event got underway, Penn-Ag’s Jennifer Reed Harry gave a thumbnail presentation of some issues that resound with farmers, including GMOs. [Read more…]

Growing ancient grains: Value-added production

CEWM-MR-1-Ancient grains 1by Tamara Scully
The Organic Growers’ Research and Sharing Information Network (OGRIN), in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association-NY, (NOFA-NY) and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), held a recent workshop on growing and processing grains. Farmer Elizabeth Dyck, founder and coordinator of OGRIN, addressed several dozen attendees interested in small scale grain production, and grain processing opportunities. [Read more…]

Contented animals pave the road to success at Happy Pasture Farm

CE-MR-2-Happy Pasture1by Pat Malin
NORTH BROOKFIELD, NY — A flock of white turkey hens is busy clucking, loudly announcing the arrival of a visitor to Happy Pasture Farm. Yet they remain blissfully unaware of the impending holidays and their fate.

Happy Pasture Farm raises and sells grass-fed, free range turkeys, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, pigs, rabbits and replacement heifers. It is gearing up for its first Thanksgiving and the outlook is favorable — for the farmer, that is. For the first time since Henry (Hank) Szewczyk Jr. began this endeavor last January, he has the enviable task of keeping up with demand. “Ever since the fourth of July, we’ve been busy,” Szewczyk said. “It’s been all word of mouth.” [Read more…]

Fulton County Farm Bureau holds united front with Montgomery County farmers

CE-MR-1-Fulton County FB1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
Fulton County Farm Bureau members and directors met for their annual meeting at the Perthshire Restaurant in Perth, NY on Oct. 25 to reaffirm past resolutions, discuss proposed resolutions and hold this year’s election of Directors.

In addition to other resolutions reaffirmed at the local level, funding for the regional agricultural teams was recommended, with support for Fulton County Supervisors to reinstate full funding at the 2010 level for their share of the Fulton-Montgomery Cornell Cooperative Extension budget.

Rezoning in Fulton County as a means of forcing animal agriculture to leave the county was strongly opposed. [Read more…]

Fellowship of Christian Farmers keeps ECHOing its message

CF4-MR-6-ECHO story6cby Gary Elliott, Country Folks Assistant Editor

I knew that I was in for a working vacation that would fit me like a glove when the Lee Publications Outreach Committee selected me earlier this year to go on a Christian Mission Trip with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International organization to the ECHO Global Demonstration Farm in Fort Myers, FL. [Read more…]