Former Ag Secretary urges look at new markets

2018-11-02T19:38:29+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Stephen Wagner
It had been a few years shy of a decade since I had last seen and chatted with my old boss, Secretary of Agriculture Sam Hayes (R-PA). State Representative Mindy Fee holds a “farmers’ breakfast” twice a year, an occasion for her constituents to hear the state of Commonwealth and federal affairs by public officials who are in a position to know what’s going on. (more…)

Bittersweet memories mark passing of the torch

2018-10-30T05:05:42+00:00October 30th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Stephen Wagner
Though I had seen Yvonne Longenecker at the Keystone International Livestock Expo, and another ag event I can’t recall, I missed her coronation at last year’s dairy pageant. At KILE she caught me up on her likes and dislikes and educational ambitions. She’s a foodie! “I love food,” she said in no uncertain terms. Jump forward to the latest edition, the 62nd Dairy Princess crowning. 

RAM offers free medical care to those in need in VA

2018-10-29T16:11:32+00:00October 29th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Courtney Llewellyn
Farmers have a lot on their minds these days, from the day to day care of their animals and property to dealing with catastrophic weather events to fluctuating markets. It could be easy to forget to take care of one person – yourself. A persistent cough, squinting eyes or a toothache could be pushed to back of your mind while other issues pile up. (more…)

Where does milk stand?

2018-11-05T12:01:24+00:00October 29th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic|

by Sally Colby
In her role as vice president of government relations for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Mary Knigge is keenly aware of what’s happening in all aspects of the dairy industry. Knigge aids the organization’s legislative affairs team in supporting dairy policy, and recently addressed the Dairy Girl Network on a variety of topics that directly affect dairy farmers. (more…)

Agriculture’s advocate

2018-10-29T15:57:58+00:00October 29th, 2018|Mid Atlantic|

by Laura Conaway
North Carolina Angus farm earns 2018 CAB Ambassador Award
Recently retired from careers that allowed for Angus on the side, Joe and Robin Hampton, of Mt. Ulla, NC, are past the days of driving two hours one way to breed a cow and then back. (more…)

Farm Aid 2018

2018-10-29T15:53:16+00:00October 29th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Michael Wren 
HARTFORD, CT – In 1985 Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp hosted a concert to help raise awareness of the loss of family farms across America and raise funds to help keep farmers on their land. Thirty-three years later they are still playing, with many more artists joining them to support family farms.