The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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February 6, 2012

Who will feed US?

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"There is no simple answer to this question," O'Neill said.

Despite all of the challenges farmers face, many young farmers say the future is bright and that they are eager to pursue a career in farming.

Pennsylvania farmers look at their close proximity to major population areas in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., for customers of their products.

They know that exports of agricultural products are expected to significantly increase, and consumers have shown an interest in buying local, supporting state farmers through purchases at roadside stands, farm markets, grocery stores and Pennsylvania Preferred products.

Email comments to rdandes@dailyitem.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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