Letter to the Editor- Has Congress failed the dairy farmer once again?

Has Congress failed the dairy farmer once again?
Certainly Congress has the American Dairy Farmer in their crosshairs! (Or maybe in shackles!) It’s time that Congress pulls the trigger and does something realistic for the dairy farmers; and we don’t mean any fiscal handouts for the dairymen.
The passage of the Goodlatte-Scott Amendment in the House prevents the undesirable supply management part of the Dairy Security Act from being in the proposed House version of the Farm Bill. [Read more…]

Tioga County crowns 50th Dairy Princess

CW-MR-0-50th Tioga County D#200Submitted by Ruth Strong, Committee Chairman
The 50th Tioga County Dairy Princess Coronation was held on June 1, at the Countryside Community Center in Owego, NY. One-hundred-ten dinner guests were present for the delicious dinner as the three candidates presented their milk promotion speeches with much confidence and poise.
Each of the three candidates met individually with the judges before presenting well-prepared and very interesting speeches. Following judging, Kristy Alexander, daughter of Arlene and Michael Alexander of Barton was crowned the 2013-2014 Tioga County Dairy Princess by Taylor Mead, 2012-2013 Tioga County Dairy Princess. Alex Aman and Alexis Zuck were selected as 2013-2014 Tioga County Dairy Princess Alternates. [Read more…]

Strolling of the Heifers

CN-MR-3-STROLLING OF HEIFERS 1by Laura Rodley
Over 50 heifers adorned in garlands were led in the 12th annual Strolling of the Heifers that occurred on Saturday, June 8 in Brattleboro, VT. Mules, Morgans, tractors, clowns, alpacas and marching bands dressed in cow costumes took part, cheered by viewers approximately 50,000 strong who lined the streets of Brattleboro from Flat Street to the town common, almost a mile away. Festivities started on Friday with a Mardi Gras Street Festival and Gallery Walk. [Read more…]

Sow the Grains of Knowledge: Organic Wheat, Spelt, Emmer & Einkorn Production Workshop in Centre County for Grain Enthusiasts of All Levels

logoMILLHEIM, PA. [June 13, 2013] The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), the Organic Growers Research and Information-Sharing Network and Penn State Extension will present a Field Day on growing organic grain. This workshop is open for anyone with an interest in locally grown heritage grains, from growers to everyday consumers alike.
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Why farmers farm

CEW-MR-3-Why Farmers Farm 3cby Julia Hudyncia
Dairy farmers work hard every day to bring you fresh, great tasting, wholesome dairy products. Ninety-seven percent of all dairy farms are family-owned and are active members of their communities. Farm families take pride in feeding our world and maintaining natural resources; that means preserving land where they live and work, protecting the air and water they share with neighbors, and providing the best care for their cows-the lifeblood of their business. [Read more…]