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Facing likely defeat, EPA abandons farm case in West Virginia - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda, the American Farm Bureau Federation said in a recent statement. “EPA knows its effort to regulate perfectly well-run farms cannot withstand legal scrutiny, and the agency doesn’t quite know how to deal with that,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. More at our Farm News page>> Fall harvest is underway; Watch for big equipment - Autumn harvest has started on many Maryland farms, and that means motorists may find themselves sharing the road with large, slow-moving farm equipment from one of Maryland’s 12,300 farms. More at our Farm News page>> Red meat production down 10 percent over the past year - As retail prices for red meat continue to rise, supplies continue to dwindle. USDA reports commercial red meat production during August 2014 was 3.7 billion pounds, dropping 10% from August 2013, as slower slaughter rates cancelled out higher average weights. Beef production was down 10% on the year, with veal 22% less than last year. Pork was reported 10% below a year ago. More at our Farm News page>>
Produce business crops up for Penn State entrepreneur - Farming seven acres of land and selling the vegetables at two roadside stands, three grocery stores and a large market may seem like a lot for a student to take on. For Penn State sophomore Alex Cantey, it's business as usual.
As co-owner of T&A Farms, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, native grows tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, zucchini and cucumbers. More at our Farm News Page>>