|Farmer cites religious issues in raw milk case|
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 12/30/2012. By Rick Barrett - A former member of an Amish community in Wisconsin, Vernon Hershberger is facing criminal charges for operating a dairy and selling milk without a license. In addition to religious freedom issues, Hershberger says those who get dairy products from the farm are in a private food club; they lease the cows and work on the farm.
|Storms on U.S. Plains stir memories of the "Dust Bowl"|
Reuters - 12/30/2012. By Kevin Murphy – Real estate agent Mark Faulkner recalls a day in early November when he was putting up a sign near Ulysses, Kansas, in 60-miles-per-hour winds that blew up blinding dust clouds. "There were places you could not see, it was blowing so hard," Faulkner said.
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/30/2012. By Bob Keyes and Ray Routhier – Most people knew Russell Libby for his work as executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, or MOFGA. And well they should: Libby and MOFGA became such institutions in Maine that Gov. Paul LePage ordered flags flown at half-staff following Libby's death from cancer at age 56 in December.
|Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices|
Portland Press Herald - 12/30/2012. AP – Washington: Top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that would head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.