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2012-08-03 10:22:13

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today visited a third generation dairy farm to talk about the impact of exempting family farm real estate from the Pennsylvania inheritance tax. The landmark legislation recently signed ends a decades-long burden for Pennsylvania farm families. The legislation makes it easier for farmers to pass their real estate on to their heirs. They no longer have to worry about paying steep "death taxes" to keep...

2012-07-31 10:26:41

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Farm Aid activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to raise funds to provide relief for farm families whose crops and farmland are being devastated by the country's worst drought in more than 50 years. "Our farmers and the soil they depend on are crucial for the future of agriculture," said Willie Nelson, Farm Aid's founder and president. "Farm Aid works to keep every family farmer on the land, no matter what extreme...

2012-07-25 23:03:28

Farm to fork, local food usually travels far fewer miles than produce flown in from another country. The rise of “locavorism” leads people to shop for food grown in their community for what “locavores” call fresher, better tasting produce. Eating local food is one component of ensuring a healthier lifestyle and benefiting the local community, said Dr. Hooman Shabatian, a bariatric surgeon from LAP-BAND VIP. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 25, 2012 The local food...

2012-07-23 06:23:40

Vote for Your Favorite Farmers Market at www.votemyfarmersmarket.org WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Farmland Trust today released vote counts revealing the five markets in every state that are leading the America's Favorite Farmers Markets(TM) contest. The standings are available at http://www.votemyfarmersmarket.org/. More than 7,000 markets across America are competing in American Farmland Trust's fourth annual contest that began in July and runs...

2012-07-14 23:02:08

Children and adults make healthier food choices if they understand where the food comes from, according to Stuart O'Neill on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Radio Talk Show. Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) July 13, 2012 The Sharon Kleyne Hour, sponsored by Bio Logic Aqua Research, announces information on innovative farm education programs and nutrition. Stuart O'Neill, who works with an educational and volunteer program, based in southern Oregon's Rogue River Valley, called the Rogue Farm Corps, was...

2012-07-10 02:28:27

MONETT, Mo., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: JKHY) is a leading provider of technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for the financial services industry. Its ProfitStars®( )division today announced that Farm Credit Services of Mid-America selected its PROFITstar® ALM Reporting Service. Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is an $18 billion agricultural lending cooperative serving more than 95,000 farmers, agribusinesses,...

2012-07-10 02:23:35

NEW YORK, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For anyone who has ever visited a farmers market, the reasons for supporting local food producers are probably well known. For one thing, there is the simple matter of nutrition - to say nothing of concerns about fossil fuel reduction, and the decrease in other kinds of environmental impacts. In addition to these familiar arguments on behalf of local agriculture, however, there are other reasons why buying local food may be beneficial for everyone....

2012-07-09 10:24:15

Funds to help family farmers improve farm animal welfare CHICAGO, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This June, Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) awarded over $13,000 in microgrants to farmers across the country to help them transition to pasture-based systems, improve the marketing of their humane products, and enrich the conditions in which their farm animals are raised. Nine recipients received grants that ranged from $1,200 to $1,500 through FACT's Healthy & Humane Farm...

2012-06-26 02:28:50

NEW YORK, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EmblemHealth and Harvest Home Farmer's Markets are offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations and health and wellness screenings to the people of New York City this summer through the "Eating for Good Health" program. A kick-off celebration for the start of the cooking demonstrations is scheduled for the week of July 10 - 14, 2012 with special activities, giveaways and health screenings. "Good health starts with excellent...

2012-06-15 06:24:25

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Provides $20 in Vouchers for Fresh Produce LANCASTER, Pa., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Low-income older adults and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program participants can now use vouchers to purchase fresh, local produce at farmers markets and farm stands across Pennsylvania. Agriculture Secretary George Greig, Aging Secretary Brian Duke and Health Secretary Dr. Eli Avila today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary of...