• Pumpkins a 'Big' Deal in Pennsylvania

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    Charlie Brown’s buddy Linus is not the only one looking for a Great Pumpkin this year.

    Fifty-pound pumpkins are selling like wild at Olszanowski Farm in Spring City, Pa., which moved 5 tons of pumpkins last weekend, owner Tom Olszanowski said.

    Olszanowski started selling pumpkins 15 years ag ...  Full Story

  • Hybrid Rye Leads Topics at Field Day

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    LANDISVILLE, Pa. — As crops go, rye has not been keeping up with the times. Many farmers continue to plant the Aroostook variety, which is about 25 years old.

    “You wouldn’t plant a 25-year-old corn variety,” said Greg Roth, a Penn State agronomy professor.

    Roth and his coll ...  Full Story

  • House Ag Leader Backs Farm-Friendly Laws

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    MANHEIM, Pa. — Many pieces of farm-friendly legislation have become law in Pennsylvania over the past few years, but agriculture faces challenges from people who do not understand the industry.

    John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, chairman of the state House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, ...  Full Story

  • A Community Supported Kitchen Prospers in Central New York

    Helen Margaret Griffiths N.Y. Correspondent

    ITHACA, N.Y. — When Johanna Brown and Silas Conroy were working at Stick and Stone Farm near Ithaca, N.Y., they had many conversations about farming, and the development of business models that would fill the needs of the local food system.

    “We wanted to have our own farm, but didn&rsquo ...  Full Story

  • Congressman Discusses Food Safety Tweaks

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    LEOLA, Pa. — Some of the most unpopular parts of a massive proposal for new food safety regulations have been scrapped or rewritten, but the recently rebooted produce rule is still a lot for farmers to digest.

    Often shouting over a roaring downpour, U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Kennett Square, and ...  Full Story

  • New Pa. Grange Master Hits the Ground Running

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    On Monday afternoon, delegates to the 142nd Pennsylvania State Grange Session in Reading, Pa., elected a new master.

    Elizabeth “Beth” Downey was elected to lead the state’s oldest agricultural organization for two years. She has not missed a beat, transitioning with outgoing Maste ...  Full Story

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