July 2, 2016 |
At farmers' markets this season, alongside the kale and radishes, there are unaccustomed local offerings. Think tulsi bitters for digestion and relaxation, elderberry syrup for immune support, or raspberry leaf tea for pregnant women. Also new to farmers' market shoppers: disclaimers - that the wares are "not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. " This is an offshoot of the farm-to-table movement: Call it the farm-to-medicine-cabinet movement. It's powered by a new generation of farmer-herbalists like Amanda Midkiff, 26, who last year started Locust Light Farm in New Hope, one of a growing number of farm-based apothecaries in the area.
August 29, 1986 |
The United States is calling the bluff of the European Community by throwing the U.S. treasury against treasuries of the European nations. It is a battle that neither can really afford to continue at length, but it's the heavy ammunition that U.S. agriculture has needed to combat cheap imports and high subsidies from its foreign competitors. Through the passage of the 1985 Farm Bill, the United States has placed the European Community countries on notice that this nation plans to fight unfair trading tactics.
January 26, 1988 |
State planning officials are scheduled to meet with New Jersey farmers today in Atlantic City to talk about a proposed master plan for statewide development that farmers fear could reduce the value of agricultural land throughout the Garden State. James Gilbert, chairman of the State Planning Commission, and John Epling, director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, will take part in the discussion when the 73d annual New Jersey Agricultural Convention begins at 10 a.m. at the Showboat Hotel, Casino & Bowling Center.
March 21, 2000 |
In 1988, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a $100 million farmland preservation program. Three of the farmer-legislators who designed and sponsored the program are among its largest beneficiaries: Rep. John E. Barley (R., Lancaster) has received $1.4 million for two farms whose development rights his family sold through the program. Barley ranks among the top 10 recipients of money in the effort, which has rewarded a total of 1,219 farms. Rep. Arthur D. Hershey (R., Chester)
February 2, 2006 |
Next time you're biking through the countryside and see a farmer tilling his field, or you stop to watch horses or cattle grazing, consider the fact that farms are more than just pretty pictures. The complicated farm economy that ranges from the farmer in the field to the equipment supplier, the cattle breeder, mushroom grower, and veterinarian remains second only to tourism as the most productive component of Pennsylvania's economic existence. Historically, farmers have adopted new technology and environmental regulations that bring along neighbor-friendly benefits, even before new neighbors appear on the horizon.
July 7, 2005 |
Against a backdrop of uneasy coexistence between farmers and suburbanites, Pennsylvania reached a milestone Tuesday with the passage of ACRE (Agriculture, Communities and Rural Environment). House Bill 1646, which awaits Gov. Rendell's signature, avoids the potential political influences cited by Richard Grossman in his June 23 commentary. Although the measure maintains the overall authority of municipalities, it emphasizes that they may not adopt ordinances exceeding the strictness of state law. It no longer gives an appointed Agricultural Review Board the power to review such law, shifting it instead to the courts.
February 19, 2001 |
From where he stands, Roger Kumpel can catch a glimpse of where the grass is greener. Or at least where the land it grows on is worth a lot more. Kumpel's farm on Pemberton Road just east of Route 206 is three-quarters of a mile inside the Pinelands. "Only by a small distance, we were caught in the trap," said Kumpel, 58, whose family tends about 550 acres of grain and vegetable crops. He was among roughly 1,000 farmers whose equity shriveled overnight when their land was restricted from development with the creation of the 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Reserve in 1979.
December 21, 1986 |
Chester County swine farmers are taking precautions so that a highly infectious animal virus centered mainly in Lancaster County does not travel across the county line. Cheryl Fairbairn, Chester County agricultural/livestock agent, said the virus, swine pseudorabies, had "absolutely no effect on pork for human consumption. " The disease affects hogs, and they can transmit it to other animals. "Where it becomes an economic disaster is when it gets into breeding swine herds," Fairbairn said.
August 22, 1988 |
Five days a week, Henry Licciardello auctions 60 varieties of fruits and vegetables by the truckload at the Vineland Produce Cooperative near here, but now he was trying to sell broccoli rab, saxophone squash and kale at $9 per overflowing bushel basket. The event was yesterday's annual Vineland/Jersey Fresh Festival, which organizers hoped would draw 10,000 people to look over a sampling of the $44 million worth of bruise-free peaches, bright red tomatoes and other produce that will leave here this year for markets in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Canada and even Florida.
May 22, 2011 |
In the predawn fog of an April morning last year, armed federal agents fanned out across darkened Lancaster County pastures in search of contraband. Months of investigation had led to this point. Strong evidence suggested that Rainbow Acres - a small Amish farm just outside Kinzers - served as the hub of a large-scale smuggling operation responsible for shipping hundreds of gallons of illicit product across state lines. After sweeping past dozing cattle and roosters waiting to crow, the agents finally found what they had come for: dozens of coolers filled with unpasteurized milk.