Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 15, 1993, Image 1

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Vol. 38 NO. 27
Three generations of the John Marsteller family take a break during corn planting
on the largest block of acreage efor enrolled in the state’s land preservation ease*
ment purchase program. Front from left are Jason Rineholt. Heather and Jeromey
Marsteller, and back, John Marsteller, Jr., Matthew Rineholt and John Marsteller, Sr.
USD A Intends To Label Meat , Seeks Comment
Lancaster Farming Staff
D.C. Supermarket meat cases
in the United States are expected to
get a new look sometime after
SRBC Decides Ag Should Pay
For Using Susquehanna Water
Lancaster Fanning Staff
LANCASTER (Lancaster Co.)
Farmers should not be
exempted from paying consump
tive useage and water monitoring
fees, according to a consensus
opinion expressed by the Susque
hanna River Basin Commission
(SRBC) at a meeting here
Four Sections
August 13, according to plans of
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Mike Espy.
The new look is labels on meat
and poultry.
According to Mary Dixon,
According to the Commission,
agriculture makes up about 20 per
cent of the total consumptive use
of the water in the basin, and
should be treated on an equal basis
with industry and public utilities
who must pay annual withdrawal
and monitoring fees.
The Commission, which spoke
to about 40 industry and ag rep
(Turn to Pag* A 26)
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 15, 1993
deputy press secretary to Espy,
labels for the safe care and hand
ling of meat products going to con
sumers are going to be required
and a prototype is to be announced
after August IS.
She said that the labeling is a
personal goal of Espy, one that he
announced prior to actually being
sworn into office.
David Ivan, president of the
Pennsylvania Beef Council, said
the proposed mandatory labeling is
a welcome thing for the entire meat
According to Ivan, the care and
handling labeling mandate, and a
separate, but equally welcomed,
proposed voluntary nutritional
education program for meat, has
the potential to greatly benefit the
The home farm of the John Marsteller family nestles
amoung rolling hills of contoured strips of corn, soybeans,
wheat, and barley. Sign-up of the family’s 1063 acres in the
program includes cropland in four southern York County
Marsteller Easement
Largest In State
York Co. Correspondent
Co.) Thanks to the efforts of
his family and the state’s land pre
servation program, 11-year-old
Jcromcy Marsteller may someday
get his wish.
“I like farming because you get
to run tractors,” said the Ste
wartslown youngster, who already
thinks about following his father,
John, and grandfather, John, Sr„
into the agriculture business.
The general public’s meat hand
ling is the cause of 90 percent of
the meat food-borne illnesses
reported, according to Ivan.
“If we could eliminate or control
the poor handling of our product, it
would obviously increase sales,”
Ivan said Thursday afternoon from
Rabies Cautions Still In Effect
Bedford Co. Correspondent
ALTOONA (Blair Co.)
Spring is the time to be on the
lookout for rabid animals. “A lot
of animals come out of hiberna
tion and mating season begins.
“Raccoons are the main carri
er,” said David Vore, livestock
disease control technician for the
60* Pw Copy
Acceptance of the acreage into
the York land preservation prog-
ram marks enrollment of the
largest single block of farmland
signed to date in both the county
and the state’s purchase of deve
lopment easements. A total of
1,063 acres farmed by the father
son partnership is included in the
easement purchase of just more
than $l,OOO per acre, for a total val
ue of about $1.2 million.
More than 800 of the tilled
(Turn to Page A3l)
“The National Beef Council has
been working with USDA for
some lime (to get meaningful
labeling), it’s something that’s
important to us, that people know
how to properly handle our pro
duct,” Ivan said.
“Our industry recognizes that
(Turn M Pag* A 24)
Bureau of Animal Industry in
“Contrary to many popular
opinions, rabies has not died out.
It just runs in peaks.. In the past
couple of years, it has been parti
cularly bad in the southeast por
tion of the state.”
(Turn to Page A 34)
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