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Township farmers stand as testimony of region’s backbone

The farm that Harold and Joan London maintain in Loyalsock Township has been in Joan’s family since 1838.

The Londons took over management of it from Joan’s parents, George and Eleanor Seitzer, in 1986.

We are guessing they would be very proud of the stewardship Harold and Joan have shown since then.

They were honored last week with the 2017 Cooperator of the Year Award from the Lycoming County Conservation District at the annual Conservation District and Penn State Extension awards banquet.

The Londons have shown their respect for the land they manage by vigilantly executing best management practices, including a comprehensive nutrient management plan, no-till, cover crops, animal trails and walkways, and a rock-lined waterway.

They stand as a testament of modern agriculture done right, which benefits the land, the environment and those impacted by their work and production.

The best part is that the Londons are not alone. They represent the overriding majority of farmers in our region.

And these farmers are the backbone of an agriculture industry that remains one of the prevailing economic drivers in our region.

There will always be a place for people who practice the agriculture industry in the manner of the Londons. Our greatest concern is that, in the future, there will not be enough of them to produce what is necessary to provide for our region, nation and world.

To that end, all of us need to be mindful each day of their importance and let them know they are still part of the engine that drives our region and state.

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