Diversity yields financial stability for beef operation

cm-mr-43-2-zeager-angus-9466by Bill and Mary Weaver

At 74-years-young, Herbert Zeager of Limestoneville, PA in Montour County is still farming 350 acres; feeding Angus steers for beef — about 100 at a time — and caring for guinea keets from the time they are delivered to his barn at one day old until they are less temperature-sensitive and better able to take care of themselves. With the part-time help of his son John, Zeager raises and turns over about 10,000 guinea fowl every 15 weeks. [Read more…]

Farming fish

cm-mr-47-1-farming-fish-eggsby Tamara Scully

Farming fish is a form of agriculture. While it doesn’t involve soil and tillage, it does involve the raising of an animal species in a domesticated setting, for food. And like all livestock farming, it involves manure management, feeding, animal wellness and slaughter.

“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. [Read more…]

Blue Ridge Pumpkins grows into a popular PYO destination

cm-32-2-blue-ridge-pumpkins-1by Karl H. Kazaks

FANCY GAP, VA – Five years ago, Barry Iroler embarked on a post-retirement occupation, growing wholesale pumpkins, with no inkling that the operation would become a second career and a totally different type of business: a popular pick-your-own (PYO) pumpkin patch with a variety of family-oriented agritourism options.

Being from Carroll County – a major pumpkin-producing region – it was easy for Iroler to decide to grow pumpkins, specifically Aladdins that first year. [Read more…]

Ohio Red and White claims Supreme Cow honors at AADS

cw-mr-1-ohio-red-and-whiteHARRISBURG, PA — Meadow Green Abso Fanny–Red–ET, owned and exhibited by Frank Borba, Mike Berry and Triple-T Holsteins of North Lewisburg, Ohio, was named Supreme Champion to conclude the 2016 All-American Dairy Show on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

The 5-year-old rose above all of the cattle, representing seven dairy breeds, to earn the title of Supreme Cow. This is the second year a Red and White Cow has claimed this honor. The Supreme Champion Award was sponsored by Cargill of Shippensburg, Cumberland County. [Read more…]

Farm Aid 2016

cf4-pp-farm-aid-3by Dan Wren
Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. It’s a great concert, but what’s in it for farmers?

For the past 31 years, musical greats and Farm Aid board members Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp,Willie Nelson and Neil Young (alphabetic order to avoid any discussion on who’s music is better), have produced a music and food festival to celebrate and support family farms and promote local foods. [Read more…]