Lancaster Farming

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Lancaster Farming
Type Weekly farm newspaper
Owner(s) Lancaster Newspapers, Inc.
Editor Dennis Larison
Founded 1955
Language English
Headquarters Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Circulation 57,750

Lancaster Farming is the leading regional farm newspaper for the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States.

It has published weekly on Saturday since 1955.[1] Paid circulation is about 57,750. The newspaper shares offices and printing facilities with the Ephrata Review and The Lititz Record-Express at Lancaster County Weeklies, Inc.[2] in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Lancaster County Weeklies is owned by Lancaster Newspapers, Inc., publisher of the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era and Sunday News newspapers.

Lancaster Farming provides news, market and commodity reports, and agribusiness information and includes news about 4-H, FFA and fair events, and rural life.[3] In addition, many subscribers get farm newspapers for the advertising of specials on parts and supplies, used implements, and auctions of land, and equipment, and livestock.

Lancaster Farming is printed in four sections, averaging about 200 pages per issue.[1] Section A is devoted to breaking news, dairy and beef news, commodity market reports, and upcoming events.[1] Section B is the family section which includes recipes, food and nutrition, antiques, and organizations such as 4-H, FFA and the Grange.[1] Sections C and D have business news, new product information and updates, and other agribusiness information. Numerous special sections published throughout the year cover topics such as the dairy industry, horses and renewable energy.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

The mission of Lancaster Farming is to be the leading source of agricultural news and information for readers from Maine to the Virginias, and to provide the means for businesses, organizations and individuals to communicate directly with those readers.


Lancaster Farming seeks to:

• Engage, inform, educate and inspire farmers and others interested in agriculture – whether by newspaper, Internet, smartphone, tablet or book.

• Fairly present news and insightful analysis to help readers know what is happening in the agricultural community – and why – while upholding the highest journalistic standards and ethics.

• Provide a voice for the agricultural community and serve as a resource that enables members of that community to interact around issues and events of the day.

• Maintain a work environment in which employees are afforded the opportunity to grow and flourish.

• Ensure that every employee is respected for his or her contribution to the newspaper and the community.

• Foster an attitude in which the pursuit of excellence becomes a way of life.

• Produce publications that are sensitive to the newspaper’s heritage and strive to maintain its obligations to inform the public.

Larison named editor[edit]

Dennis Larison was named editor of Lancaster Farming in 2010. He grew up on a livestock and crop farm in Iowa and previously worked as a reporter and editor for general interest newspapers since 1984, including the Sunday News in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina, Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington, and Lebanon Daily News in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.


Lancaster Farming 1955–83 is available online through The Pennsylvania State University Libraries [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lancaster Farming media kit
  2. ^ Facilities expansion
  3. ^ About Lancaster Farming

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