Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pennsylvania House Bill 944

What farming methodologies do you think should be included in agricultural education in PA?

The Pennsylvania House of Representative’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a proposal by Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry) on June 19, 2017 that would “develop and disseminate agricultural education materials for school entities or private or nonpublic kindergartens, elementary or secondary schools in this Commonwealth.”

The proposal, House Bill 944, would create a Commission for Agricultural Education to be overseen by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Read More

Pennsylvania Certified Organic FarmFest 2017

July 28, 9:30 am to 10 pm

July 29, 9 am to 7 pm

PCO FarmFest is a two-day organic agriculture and sustainable living event with interactive family activities, live entertainment, local food and craft vendors, and speakers, educational workshops and demonstrations at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall PA. Access the event website here. Produced by Pennsylvania Certified Organic

Family Days on the Farm 2017

Participate in this free event!

July 28 & 29, 2017

Friday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

To be held at the:

Elam J. Stoltzfus’ Farm
6175 Beaver Dam Rd, Narvon, PA 1755

No pre-registration
Rain or shine

Take part in:

  • Educational seminars
  • Homemakers advice
  • Farmstead ideas
  • Children’s activities including a Petting Zoo and Corn Box
  • Healthy baking, Vegetable Growing and a whole bunch more!

Food Will Be Available for Donations
If the donations exceed the cost of the event, then the pro­ceeds will be donated to a local cause that is likewise putting forth effort to assist people towards good health by teaching and recognizing good stewardship of God’s creation.

Overview of Events

On Friday evening, Sally Fallon Morell (President of the Weston A. Price Foundation) will be speaking about the work of Dr. Price and comparing the health of people living in remote areas, eating traditional diets, to their relatives living in areas with access to modern processed food. Read More

Sign on to Support Organics: Letter to Secretary Perdue and Members of Congress

Please support the National Organic Coalition letter to Secretary Purdue regarding support for organics.

Click here to read the letter.

Dear Colleagues,

The letter sends a strong, positive message to Secretary Perdue and to Members of Congress to protect funding for crucial programs that benefit organic agriculture and the organic industry. Currently, 177 businesses, farms, non-profits, and universities have signed on in support of this effort. See below for the list of groups.

We are extending the deadline to sign on until July 1 to give more groups an opportunity to sign on.

Please let me know if there is a business or organization missing from this list that you think would want to sign on. Groups can sign on here. Read More

Brazil Approves First Commercially Available GM Sugarcane

In December, 2016, Gustavo Leite, Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) CEO, stated that the first variety of transgenic sugarcane would be released commercially in the first half of 2017.

Six months later, as reported by Reuters on June 8, 2017, it’s here.

Reuters also reports that the variety of genetically engineered sugarcane approved “is resistant to the insect Diatraea saccharalis, known locally as ‘broca-da-cana’ (cane borer)” and that this variety of GM cane contains the Bt gene widely used in other crops including corn, cotton, eggplant, potato and yet to be commercially available tomato and soybean. Read More

On Earth Day Embrace Sustainable Agriculture

In response to an opinion piece called Trump Should Unshackle Innovation in Ag Biotechnology printed in Lancaster Farming on April 8, 2017, GMO Free PA submitted an editorial response with the hope that it will appear in the issue published on Earth Day 2017. GMO Free PA is committed to connecting farms, food businesses and eaters in Pennsylvania, with the goal of creating a sustainable farming system that produces nutritious food for all.

Read Trump Should Unshackle Innovation in Ag Biotechnology here. Read More