• Co-op: Even More Milk, Lower Prices in 2015

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    EAST EARL, Pa. — The members of the Mount Joy Farmers Cooperative broke their annual milk production record, nearly 670 million pounds of milk, in 2014.

    The record is an example of how last year’s record milk prices and margins prompted many farmers to increase milk production.

    Tighter ...  Full Story

  • Prepare to Manage Risk in Volatile Times

    Carol Ann Gregg Western Pa. Correspondent

    CLARKS MILLS, Pa. — According to Moe Russell, the future of agriculture will be a wild and exhilarating ride.

    “There will be huge rewards for those who choose to think outside the box, ask questions, collaborate and take a few thought-out risks,” he said.

    Russell, who is co-found ...  Full Story

  • Produce Growers Learn About Food Trends

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    HERSHEY, Pa. — New customer bases and new twists on familiar foods will provide market opportunities for local-food growers in 2015, according to Penn State Extension staffers.

    Heather Mikulas, who heads Penn State’s community-based agriculture program, and Brian Moyer, a Lehigh County ...  Full Story

  • Just the Right Size: Haflingers Are a Versatile Breed

    Dick Wanner Reporter

    CONESTOGA, Pa. — How would you like a horse that’s easy to ride, will pull your carriage and haul firewood in from your woodlot? A horse that’s great for trails and even a little jumping? A horse that’s a thing of beauty, has a good disposition, and a hardy constitution?

    The ...  Full Story

  • Hamming It Up: Farm Family’s Country Store Is Pork-Famous

    Linda McNatt Southeast Va. Correspondent

    SMITHFIELD, Va. — When local folks living in this rural county in Virginia are looking for the taste and smell of nostalgia, they pull up to the corner store in the southwest section of Isle of Wight County, open the door, walk in and enjoy the ambiance.

    At Darden’s Country Store, built ...  Full Story

  • Best of the Bushel

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    HERSHEY, Pa. — Growing a great crop is more than just the plants. It’s the researchers and farmers who go above and beyond to improve crop quality and move the industry forward.

    That was the recurring theme that underscored the presentation of several awards this week at the Mid-Atlanti ...  Full Story

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