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Annual PASA Conference Attracts 1,000
Mifflin Co. Correspondent
Co.)The Pennsylvania Associa
tion for Sustainable Agriculture
(PASA) held its ninth annual
Farming for the Future Confer
ence February 4 and 5 at the
Penn Stater Hotel and Confer
ence Center in State College.
Roman Stoltzfoos, right, received the Sustainable Ag
Leadership award at the RASA Conference. Making the
presentation is Tim Bowser, RASA executive secretary.
jayne Sebright
Lancaster Farming Staff
Co.) Last Tuesday Governor
Tom Ridge proposed a $19.7 bil
lion general fund budget, which
included the biggest tax cut ever,
along with increased invest
ments in education and technol
In the agricultural arena, the
budget includes support for
farmland preservation, animal
health-related issues, and agri
cultural research. An increase of
$179,000 is devoted to promote
agricultural products both at
home and around the world.
“Governor Ridge has recom
mended another great budget
for Pennsylvania agriculture,”
said Secretary Samuel Hayes,
In his budget, Ridge included
a commitment of $2O million a
year to the Farmland Preserva
tion Program. The $2O million is
part of $135 million devoted to
implement the second year of
Pennsylvania’s “Growing
Greener” environmental effort
to help communities better con
trol land use.
The $2O million will be uti
lized by Pennsylvania Depart
ment of Agriculture (PDA) to
preserve about 82 farms or
10,000 acres of farmland.
In addition to the $2O million
is about $25 million that will
Four Sections
The purpose of the conference is
to educate, enlighten, and exam
ine the revolutionary changes
occurring in the food system
worldwide while providing al
ternatives to creating a sustain
able food system.
The event drew nearly 1,000
participants and featured inter
nationally renown speakers such
State Budget Includes Increases For Animal
Disease Prevention And Ag Promotion
come from cigarette-tax revenue
and other sources to enable the
state to preserve 12,000 addi
tional acres. That’s 22,000 acres
in total.
The other $lO5 million in the
“Growing Greener” fund will be
divided three ways. $50.5 mil
lion will go to the Department of
This year’s Sire Power scholarship winners included (seated from left): Jen
nifer Dotterer, Melissa Werley, Stacey Dietrich, Olivia Courtney, Emily Bryant;
(standing from left): Kirk Sattazahn, Sire Power director of marketing, member
ship area; Mark Hazelton, Kevin Harvatine, Darren Martin, Amanda Shahan, and
Marsha Bosch. Winners not pictured include Amy lager, Heather Oberholtzer,
and Janice Youse. See story on page A 32.
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, February 19, 2000
as Dr. Vandana Shiva, director
of the Research Foundation for
Science, Technology, and Ecol
ogy, New Delhi, India, and Dr.
John Todd, president and
founder of Ocean Arks Interna
tional, Burlington, Vermont.
We pulled out all the stops to
get our keynote speakers, ex
plains Tim Bowser, program
coordinator for the PASA Con
ference. And we tried to cover
all kinds of topics for our work
shops the farm crisis, prices,
world trade, GMOs, and more.
Shiva is a world renown advo
cate for farmers, the environ
ment, women, and freedom. She
figured prominently in the
World Trade Organization talks
in Seattle, giving ten lectures,
workshops, and testimonies
about World Trade Organiza
tion implications. In India she
organizes sustainable farmer
training cooperatives, oversees
the creation of a seed banking
network, and fights corporate
acquisition of agricultural water
rights. Shivas Research Founda
tion conducts independent re
search on ecological and social
issues. She founded Navdanya,
a national movement to protect
the diversity and integrity of
living resources, especially
native seeds. Dr. Shivas awards
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Environmental Protection for
watershed protection and resto
ration projects. $32.5 million
will go to the Department of
Conservation and Natural Re
sources to make repairs and pro
vide grants to communities. 32
million will go to the Pa. Infras
tructure Investment Authority
The Snyders work together to closely monitor their
dairy herd in Union Cqg||ty. Keeping a busy schedule
with Joseph Sr. worku|piftiM|* farm, the Snyders main
tain a somatic cell count of around 63,000 on their 63-
cow dairy. Their excellent management practices have
earned them numerous awards, including the National
Dairy Quality Award. For more on Annette, Joseph Sr.,
Chris, and Joseph Jr., turn to page 814. Photo by Jayne
(PENNVEST) for water and
sewer projects.
“During last summer’s agri
cultural committee hearings, we
heard a clear message of the
desire for Farmland Preserva
tion to continue and even be ex
panded,” said Representative
Raymond Bunt, Jr., chairman of
$31.00 Per Year
the agricultural and rural affairs
committee for the House of Rep
resentatives. “Through the
Growing Greener initiative, this
budget provides for that.”
Hayes also noted that in addi
tion to the “Growing Greener”
budget, an additional $190,000
Six Master
. Farmers
Co.)-Early next month, the Mid-
Atlantic Master Farmer Award
will be bestowed on six farmers
from three states at the 66th
annual Master Farmer awards
luncheon. The awards will be
given March 6, at the Harrisburg
Past Master Farmers and ag
leaders from across Pennsylva
nia, Delaware, Maryland, New
Jersey and West Virginia will
honor this year’s recipients.
They are: Susan M. Blew of
Pittstown, N.J.; Duane and June
Hertzler of Loysville; Robert H.
Jackson of Brownsville; Lewis
R. Riley of Parsonsburg, Md.;
and James Witter of Ship
pensburg. The six Master Farm
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600 Per Copy
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