Is it best that our food is Local and Organic or Big and Conventional? Our view is “Both, and..” We don’t come to the table with a bias, except that good farming like good food comes in all shapes and sizes. Farm to Table Talk explores issues and the growing interest in the story of how and where the food on our tables is produced, processed and marketed. The host, Rodger Wasson is a food and agriculture veteran. Although he was the first of his family to leave the grain and livestock farm a ...
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More than 70 years ago a Pennsylvania dairy farmer started to sell IH tractors. Now the third generation is carrying on their grandfather’s legacy with the same passion. The Messick Family were dairy farmers when they were approached by International-Harvester to open a dealership. The first location was built on land away from the farm and was run concurrently with the farm. More than 70 years later it is still a family business. The Messick Family all broke ground together on their new 217,000 square foot facility. Tired of constantly outgrowing their building, much thought, planning, and due diligence went into the new location. The new showroom means that tractors and equipment of all sizes can occupy the showroom floor. This allows potential buyers to look it over regardless of the weather. A family tradition of service and respect for the customer has created a large mail order parts business. Over three miles of shelving is found in the parts department. More than 50% of equipment sales are to those in production agriculture with the balance evenly split between commercial and land owner use. A full compliment of short lines are carried to offer the Messick’s customers the right machine for the job that needs to be done. The parts counter is a key component of keeping farmers in the field. The team at Messick’s have experience and passion for doing what is best for the customers. Situated on over 30 acres, the Mt. Joy location has plenty of room to display and inventory equipment. New Holland, Case/IH, and Kubota are the tractor lines represented.