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2010-06-01 08:00:00

NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Rabobank U.S. Farm & Ranch Survey, year-over-year income for U.S. farmers has improved significantly over findings from the previous two surveys. In the North Central Region, an additional 24 percent of respondents feel more positive about their income - the highest regional improvement. "What's happening on Midwest farms and ranches mirrors the global economy - we're beginning to see improvement," said Shawn Smeins, Managing Director...

2010-05-07 09:35:00

Two Workshops to be Held May 20 in Lebanon County HARRISBURG, Pa., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm owners who have sold their development rights to preserve the land they work in perpetuity are invited to two free workshops in Lebanon County that are focused on keeping that land profitable, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today. The workshops, one of which will also address the need to plan for transitioning the farm once an owner retires, are scheduled for May 20 at...

2010-04-08 11:33:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program today expanded to safeguard an additional 1,722 acres on 18 farms -- a move that Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said will help to ensure secure sources of food, a cleaner environment and a more vital economy. "Preserving farmland secures our food production abilities, protects the environment and our natural resources, and sustains our local economies," said Redding....

2010-03-16 04:00:00

SOMERVILLE, Mass., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America" is the theme of the quarter-century anniversary of Farm Aid, the nonprofit organization led by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Farm Aid's mission is to keep family farmers on the land and to create a family farm-centered food system in America. Farm Aid representatives say planning for the 25th anniversary concert and the events leading up to it is in...

2010-02-18 12:25:00

Producer Panel Meets to Discuss Farm Transition Planning Need, Challenges HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Agricultural Preservation Board today voted to safeguard 3,346 additional acres on 36 farms from future development through the state's nationally recognized farmland preservation program. The latest farms to be preserved are located in Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin,...

2010-01-07 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter that pays tribute to dairy farm families was unveiled today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will open Jan. 9. The sculpture depicts a dairy cow, as well as a dairy farmer pouring a glass of milk at the breakfast table with his family members. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, the sculpture was crafted from butter donated by...

2009-12-18 04:00:00

SOMERVILLE, Mass., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm Aid today announced that 72 family farm and rural service organizations working to strengthen family farm agriculture nationwide received $503,500 from its grant program during 2009. "It is inspiring and invigorating to see how much good work is happening to support family farmers and good food across the country," said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. "I am grateful that so many organizations are committed to serving family...

2009-12-10 12:18:00

Additional 3,332 Acres Preserved on 31 Farms in 19 Counties HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program today set aside an additional 3,332 acres on 31 farms for permanent agricultural production, acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced. In the program's 21-year history, 428,708 acres on 3,928 farms have been preserved for agricultural use in perpetuity, safeguarding them from development. "Preserving...

2009-12-09 09:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From sheep shearing and cow milking to mushroom munching and milkshake sipping, the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show will offer something to interest every visitor, said acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. The 94th show is set for Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Visitors will be able to see 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 270 commercial exhibitors during the eight-day...

2009-12-03 04:00:00

Farmers urge lawmakers to establish fair and competitive pricing system WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 100 dairy farmers from New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee traveled to Washington, D.C., yesterday to meet with congressional representatives and other officials to present solutions that would end the worst dairy crisis to hit America's family dairy farmers since the Great Depression. Dairy farmers met with members of the House...


Latest Farms Reference Libraries

Hill farming
2013-09-20 13:07:03

Hill farming involves using is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers generally do not have access to winter fodder for their cattle, therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the...

Hill Farming
2013-08-05 10:40:24

Hill farming is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers do not have access to winter fodder for the cattle; therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the highlands of Scotland. The harsh...

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