January 17, 2002 |
Trying desperately to perfect the curly tip on a soft-serve cone, Mark Cuban licked the remains of another failed effort from his finger tips and handed the messy treat to an excited 3-year-old boy. A lick later, the kid dropped it. That was about the only thing that went wrong yesterday when the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks worked 2 hours behind a Dairy Queen counter in Correll, Texas. The company's offer came in response to Cuban's assertion that he wouldn't hire Ed Rush, the NBA's head of officiating, "to manage a Dairy Queen.
December 2, 2001 |
Surrounded by seemingly endless trees and greenery, hunters can venture onto Bill Pettit Jr.'s 335-acre farm to find ring-necked pheasants, Hungarian and bobwhite quail, chukar partridges and other game birds. Pettit opened the Peticote Game Preserve in September to preserve natural hunting areas and develop a wildlife population that has diminished because of increased commercial and residential development over the years. "This is a large land base and a beautiful area," Pettit said about his farm located in Vincentown.
September 23, 2001 |
Larry Polite remembers customers driving long distances to the Guernsey Cow just for his "grasshopper" ice cream, a blend of cream and creme de menthe liqueur. "One man came down from Lancaster County at Christmas just for that ice cream," recalled 93-year-old Polite, the former owner of the dairy bar. The Guernsey Cow Dairy Bar on Route 30 was a local landmark in those days when Exton was farm country and West Whiteland was enjoying an agricultural tradition that included herds of the fawn and white Guernsey dairy cattle.
September 5, 2001 |
Two Montgomery County farmers who have complained for years that pollution from a nearby chemical plant caused death and disease in their dairy herds have filed suit against the company. Merrill Mest of Schwenksville and Wayne Hallowell of Gilbertsville say excessively high levels of fluoride released by Cabot Performance Materials in Boyertown were absorbed by vegetation on their farms and subsequently entered the systems of their animals, poisoning them. The farmers are suing Cabot despite a report last year from the federal Environmental Protection Agency absolving Cabot of blame, suggesting instead that the problems could have been caused by poor farming practices.
September 3, 2001 |
The hot, dry summer has been far kinder to sunbathers than to some farmers in the Philadelphia region. "We might have lost 10 to 20 percent of the yield" on corn grown to feed his dairy cows, Merrill Mest said last week at his farm in Upper Frederick, Montgomery County. The National Agricultural Statistics Service's most recent weekly crop report, on Aug. 26, stated that soil moisture in Pennsylvania was only "21 percent adequate. " And on Aug. 19, the federal agency reported that in the prior week, soil moisture was only 18 percent adequate.
July 18, 2001 |
We see them everywhere: beautiful, white-mustached people in ads telling us how wonderful life is with milk. In my opinion, dairy foods should be placed on the official hazardous food list with their own surgeon general's warning. I know what you're thinking. Is she kidding? Doesn't milk build strong bones and teeth? Doesn't it prevent osteoporosis? Won't we be as pretty as the stars in the ads if we gulp a few glasses? Look, I love cows. They're cute and furry, with big, soulful eyes and gentle natures.
May 6, 2001 |
William H. Pettit Sr. told his son to get out of New Jersey and go live somewhere else. Preferably somewhere out West, some 2,000 miles away, or farther. Pettit, a longtime corn and soybean farmer in Springfield Township, Burlington County, wasn't being cruel, but as a dairy farmer, Pettit, 75, was just serving up a dose of reality. "I told him that if he wanted to stay in dairy farming, 'you've got to go to where the cows are,' " said Pettit, explaining that land, equipment and cows would all be cheaper in the sprawling Western states, where there are more dairy farmers.
May 2, 2001 |
After running a dairy farm for 40 years, George and Evelyn Williams felt they could not continue the long hours when milk prices hit a nine-year-low last year. "After a while, you look at the price of milk and your profit for doing it," said Evelyn Williams, who, along with her husband, decided to sell their last 75 cows in August from their Salem County, N.J., farm. "And you wonder if it's worth it, you know, having no life other than dairy farming. " For many farmers, such hardships are the price of doing business on the open market.
April 9, 2001 |
Arthur Y. Jarman, 80, a Salem County dairy farmer who devoted much of his life to promoting the state's dairy industry and the Salem County Farm Fair, died of renal failure Saturday at his home in Upper Pittsgrove, Salem County. A lifelong Salem County resident, he had lived in Upper Pittsgrove since 1942 and was born in Alloway Township. A third-generation dairy farmer, Mr. Jarman began his farm in 1942 and retired in 1986. He kept 60 milk cows and raised vegetables on his 140 acres.
April 6, 2001 |
Suiza Foods Corp., the largest U.S. milk producer and maker of Lactaid milk and International Delight creamer, is buying rival Dean Foods Co. for $1.5 billion in cash and stock in a deal that will create a dairy and specialty-foods powerhouse. The deal announced yesterday pairs the two biggest U.S. dairy processors. The new company will be called Dean Foods but will be based in Dallas, where Suiza has its headquarters. Suiza stockholders will own 65 percent of its shares. Since entering the milk business in 1993, Suiza has bought more than 80 plants that have helped boost its sales an average 67 percent in the last five years.