Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, April 10, 1993, Image 1

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VOL. 38 No. 22
The John Myers family of Dunkard Valley Farm in Dallastown is named the Pennsyl
vania Cattlemen’s Association Family of the Year. From the left are recipient Kenley
Jo Myers, Tom Walen, president of the state Simmental Association who presents the
award, and recipients John, Nancy and Jack Myers.
Anti-Biotech Supporters May Hurt Consumer Confidence
Lancaster Farming Staff
Md. The meat and daily indus
try may be facing one of its largest
challenges to date in assuring the
American consumer of the safety
of its products.
The challenge is being offered
in the form of a threat from an anti
biotechnology, anti-agriculture
and anti-cattle organization that is
preparing a campaign to create fear
among Americans about consum
ing domestic milk and meat.
The parent organization is
Foundation on Economic Trends,
created and run by Jeremy Rifkin.
Rifkin has established another
non-profit group called Pure Food
The Lutz Family
Enjoys Life In ‘Switzerland
Of Northern Berks’
Lancaster Fanning Staff
KEMPTON (Berks Co.) —Les-
ter Lutz said he lives in the “Swit
zerland of northern Berks.”
A visitor who meanders through
the mountains on one side lie
what countians refer to as “The
Pinnacle” and, on the other, the
majestic Blue Mountain can
appreciate the postcard-like beau
ty. And the Lutz Farm recently
honored as a Century Farm, with
more than a 100 years in the family
sits in the lush valley.
Some of the land is tillable, and
grows about 20 acres of grain
crops, mostly soybeans. About
eight acres is taken up by an
orchard brimming with a variety of
fruit trees that Lutz, since he
slopped farming years ago, con
tinues to develop and, free time
permitting, maintains.
It’s the “maintaining” part that
has been tricky for Lutz, who has
Four Sections
Campaign that has as its goal to
ban die use of any biotechnology
in the development of food.
"HWtin refers to Pure Food Cam
paign as an “international offshoot
project.” He has three people run
ning it
According to Ted Howard,
director of Pure Food, the goal of
the project is to create a rejection
by the American people of milk or
meat that is derived from cattle
treated with supplemental bovine
somatotropin (BST).
By his own description, Howard
is a long-time Washington
D.C.-based professional fund
raiser and associate of Rifkin. He
said that over the past 10 years he
has been working with various
to try to find spare time away from
his full-time job at TNT Red Star
Express as a driver and from mow
ing and caring fora combination of
woodland and open area alongside
the homestead.
But it is something he enjoys
most, and is grateful for, consider
ing, since he was a child, he
remembers how difficult it was for
his family to make it as a dairy and
how fortunate he feels to have
inherited some prime farmland.
Lot of ground
“I always say we have a lot of
ground but very little land on this
farm,” said Lutz, who rents a part
of the farm to a neighbor to grow
soybeans. Lutz and his family
wife Linda, son Lloyd, and daught
ers Lisa and Louise have lived
on the farm since 1972, when Lutz
purchased it from his mother,
Mary. The total farm encompasses
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 10, 1993
campaigns to raise money to fight
world hunger. He said he started
working with Rifkin during the
1970 s and came back to work with
Rifkin about a year ago with the
start-up of Pure Food Campaign.
The Lutz Farm—recently honored as a Century Farm, with more than a 100 years in
the family—was purchased in 1858 Issac and Sybllla Lutz. Lester Lutz and his family
have lived on the farm since 1972, when Lutz purchased it from his mother, Mary.
From left, Lloyd Lutz and wife Kim, and Lisa, Louise, Linda, and Lester.
Pa Beef Expo Highlights
Member Achievements
Mifflin Co. Correspondent
Co.) The four-day Pennsylva
nia Beef Exposition was held
recently at the Penn State Ag Are
na and gave owners of all cattle
breeds a chance to promote their
choice of breed through shows and
sales, and to learn more about the
The event was co-sponsored by
(he Pa. Cattlemen’s Association
(PCA) and affiliate organizations,
Penn State’s College of Agricul
tural Sciences, the various state
breed associations, and the Pa.
Department of Agriculture.
It began with the arrival of cattle
and an educational symposium
entitled “Making Money with a
Small Herd of Cows”
Rifkin is behind several diffe
rent groups which hold non
mainstream opinions and views on
agriculture and animal rights and
raise funds to pay for spreading the
message and to lobby Washington
60* Per Copy
More than 200 people attended
the symposium, according to Expo
Publicity and Promotion Chair
man David Seamans. Seamans
said it was designed to show how
the smaller producer can use to
their advantage what the big pro
ducers have, such as information
from extension services and col
lege and industry-funded research.
In the first session, Dr. Bill Hen
ning, assistant professor of Dairy
and Animal Science at Penn State,
addressed ways of marketing
calves from a small herd.
Henning’s topic was, “Evaluat
ing a Bid Price from a Prospective
Buyer,” “Electronic Markets: Are
They For Me?” “County-Wide
Cooperative Sales,” and “Direct
Sales to Consumers: The Advan
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Howard said the Pure Food
Campaign is to “educate” the publ
irabout his and Rifkin’s concerns
about supplemental BST being
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