“Fill A Glass With Hope” PDA Initiative kicked off Farm Show Butter Sculpture

CEWM-MR-3-Butter-sculpture26by Jon M. Casey

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. [Read more…]

Bill Magee earns Distinguished Service Citation from NYS Agricultural Society

CEW-MR-2-Bill-Magee1by Pat Malin

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. [Read more…]

NYS Ag Commissioner Ball reviews his first year in office

CEW-MR-1-Comm-Ball-2by Pat Malin

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. [Read more…]

Let’s not educate the consumer

C4-MR-1-Educate Consumer1by Sally Colby

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. [Read more…]

JBS and National Beef Announce Intent to Market 100% Grass-fed Beef; Just In Time For The Winter Green-Up!

1c0a744771caa1141f4f5ea1Within the last several weeks two announcements of national consequence were made. Both National Beef and JBS, two of the world’s largest meat packers, and certainly two of the Big 4 here in the United States, announced they will launch branded beef programs marketing 100% Grass-fed Beef domestically sourced. In much the same way Organic has become fairly mainstream, 100% Grass-fed and Finished (NO Grain ever) is also becoming a major sector of growth in beef demand. The Big 4 are recognizing it and intend to capitalize on it.

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