Stories by Contributing Writers

Leaders push for dairy reform in N.Y.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation to help beleaguered dairy farmers improve their bottom line. And at the same time, the National Milk Producers Federation, representing farmers and cooperatives, is also making a renewed push to reform the federal order milk marketing system.

Governor’s budget would slash Penn State Extension, ag research by half

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. — If cuts in the proposed Pennsylvania budget stand, Cooperative Extension programs across the state could radically change. Gov. Tom Corbett wants to slash funding to Penn State by 50 percent, a reduction of $182 million. And that means funding to agriculture research and Cooperative Extension programming could […]

Producers worry about effects of budget cuts on N.Y. ag programs

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

N.Y. farmers are growing concerned about the potential loss of a number of agriculture support programs in this year’s state budget. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $162.6 million budget for the state’s agriculture department and calls for cuts to various programs funded by the state.

Honors abound for two men devoted to vegetable production in Pa.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

By ANDY ANDREWS HERSHEY, Pa. — Nobody thought of Herbert Pollock as simply a seed salesman. In fact, when he made his rounds in many parts of western Pennsylvania, the longtime Agway (formerly Eastern States) sales representative was considered a crop consultant. Farmers would seek him out for his advice on the best ways to […]

Urging caution: No go, slow go, for GMOs

Monday, February 7, 2011

Farmers have adopted gene-splicing packaging without looking for pest and weed resistance — allowing the expression of potential “superweeds.”

Pheasant program has rich history in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In 1929, the Pennsylvania Game Commission began the propagation of pheasants on an extensive scale with the establishment of two game farms. Over the next six decades, to offset the increasing demand for pheasants from hunters, three other farms were placed into operation, and the day-old pheasant chick program was implemented and […]

Move over, California. Broccoli Dream Team building East Coast production

Monday, January 24, 2011

Forget California! With their unique climate conditions, western New York growers could benefit from new regional broccoli varieties.

Auctioneering is family affair at Pa. bid-calling contest

Monday, January 17, 2011

Patrick Burke, Meshoppen, Pa., bested 23 other contestants to win the annual Pennsylvania Bid-Calling Contest.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board: I’d like a look at Option Three, please

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By CHARLES WILDMAN The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is faced with an interesting challenge in the coming weeks. Let me attempt to describe it simply, so that the challenge can be seen clearly. I see all things through the lens of a pork producer, but I think the situation is the same for other […]

Ideal grape growing conditions result in good yield for eastern U.S. vintners

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing writer Wine makers have good reason to raise a glass this year. A hot, dry, summer has led to some of the best grape growing conditions in recent memory, with wine makers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York recording record years. “It might be the vintage of the decade,” said Randy […]

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