Agriculture en League of Women Voters Talks Food <p>The League of Woman Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP) is not just for election information. The organization is branching out into the agricultural sector.</p><p>LWVGP is holding public educational meetings on the farming industry — focusing on major food issues including: genetically modified organisms, water pollution, antibiotics in livestock, food labeling and crop subsidies.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 23578 at 98th PA Farm Show Is Underway <p>The commonwealth's number one industry is being saluted this week during the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show, which opened Saturday and continues through Jan. 11 in Harrisburg.&nbsp;</p><p>Agricultural income totals about $6.6 billion with&nbsp;dairy production as the leading component. Pennsylvania is home to more&nbsp;than 62,000 farms averaging 124 acres.</p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:03:19 +0000 Kevin Gavin 22303 at How the Ancient Practice of Gleaning is Still Getting Food to the Needy <p>On a muggy Wednesday morning, before the sun has burned off the morning&rsquo;s clouds, Lionel Greenawalt drives across his 100-acre Westmoreland County farm<strong> </strong>to a field of sweet corn.<br /><br />While Greenawalt and his children pick an average of 400 dozen ears of corn each morning, at the moment, they have more corn than they can sell.<br /> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:39:07 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 16995 at How the Ancient Practice of Gleaning is Still Getting Food to the Needy Bill Would Prohibit Recording PA Farms Without Owner Consent <p>Animal rights and environmental activists are not happy about a state House proposal that would make it a felony to record or take pictures of an agricultural operation without the owner’s consent.<br><br>Democratic Rep. Gary Haluska of Cambria County says family farmers in his district suggested he introduce legislation to protect them from surreptitious documentarians.<br> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:33:09 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 7446 at Bill Would Limit Whistleblower Activities on PA Farms <p>Chickens crammed into wire cages next to the rotting carcasses of other chickens.&nbsp; The floor of a barn coated with flies. Hens with their heads jammed between cages and feeding machines.</p><p>The Humane Society of the U.S. released a video last year depicting those conditions at what it said was Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pa., in Lancaster County.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:29:30 +0000 PublicSource 5042 at Bill Would Limit Whistleblower Activities on PA Farms Group Pushes for Sustainable Agriculture in Southwest Pennsylvania <p>The PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center recently released a report on the economical and environmental benefits of sustainably produced, local agriculture. The organization also offered a blueprint of policies they hope state legislators will adopt and introduce in Pennsylvania.</p><p>The report, "Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment: State and Local Policies to Improve Pennsylvania’s Food System and Protect our Land and Water," highlighted programs, such as Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative, which pushed for developing sustainable agriculture methods.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:32:21 +0000 Erika Beras 5035 at