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Governor’s budget would slash Penn State Extension, ag research by half

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. — If cuts in the proposed Pennsylvania budget stand, Cooperative Extension programs across the state could radically change. Gov. Tom Corbett wants to slash funding to Penn State by 50 percent, a reduction of $182 million. And that means funding to agriculture research and Cooperative Extension programming could […]

Producers worry about effects of budget cuts on N.Y. ag programs

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

N.Y. farmers are growing concerned about the potential loss of a number of agriculture support programs in this year’s state budget. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $162.6 million budget for the state’s agriculture department and calls for cuts to various programs funded by the state.

Honors abound for two men devoted to vegetable production in Pa.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

By ANDY ANDREWS HERSHEY, Pa. — Nobody thought of Herbert Pollock as simply a seed salesman. In fact, when he made his rounds in many parts of western Pennsylvania, the longtime Agway (formerly Eastern States) sales representative was considered a crop consultant. Farmers would seek him out for his advice on the best ways to […]

Urging caution: No go, slow go, for GMOs

Monday, February 7, 2011

Farmers have adopted gene-splicing packaging without looking for pest and weed resistance — allowing the expression of potential “superweeds.”

Pheasant program has rich history in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In 1929, the Pennsylvania Game Commission began the propagation of pheasants on an extensive scale with the establishment of two game farms. Over the next six decades, to offset the increasing demand for pheasants from hunters, three other farms were placed into operation, and the day-old pheasant chick program was implemented and […]

Move over, California. Broccoli Dream Team building East Coast production

Monday, January 24, 2011

Forget California! With their unique climate conditions, western New York growers could benefit from new regional broccoli varieties.

Auctioneering is family affair at Pa. bid-calling contest

Monday, January 17, 2011

Patrick Burke, Meshoppen, Pa., bested 23 other contestants to win the annual Pennsylvania Bid-Calling Contest.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board: I’d like a look at Option Three, please

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By CHARLES WILDMAN The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is faced with an interesting challenge in the coming weeks. Let me attempt to describe it simply, so that the challenge can be seen clearly. I see all things through the lens of a pork producer, but I think the situation is the same for other […]

Ideal grape growing conditions result in good yield for eastern U.S. vintners

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing writer Wine makers have good reason to raise a glass this year. A hot, dry, summer has led to some of the best grape growing conditions in recent memory, with wine makers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York recording record years. “It might be the vintage of the decade,” said Randy […]

Remembering an old friend

Thursday, November 11, 2010

By JAMES MCCONNELL I read something the other day that brought into focus some things I don’t normally talk about. The anonymous quote said simply, “A veteran is a person who wrote a blank check to his country.” I am a proud veteran. I am also a lucky veteran. My check was never cashed. Some […]

Honoring our veterans, our heroes

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Each morning, by dawn’s early light, Ohioans Virgil and June Smith look out their dining room window at the memorial Virgil has literally cut in stone to honor America and salute the seven sons his mother and father sent off to serve in our country’s military.

Farm Bureau: Proposed regulations on wood boilers in N.Y. are impractical

Monday, November 8, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer NEW YORK — Owners of outdoor wood boilers in New York caught a break in late October as state officials held off on implementing a new set of regulations that would have curtailed their use. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is considering a set of regulations that […]

Pa. still trying to tackle state’s milk pricing system

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pennsylvania dairy farmers will have to wait until next to renew the legislative fight to change the state’s milk pricing system and end the issue of stranded premiums.

N.Y. legislators introduce bill that requires vaccination of egg layers

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer SALEM, Ohio — In response to the nation’s largest recall of eggs, two New York lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require any eggs sold in the state to come from chickens that have been vaccinated against salmonella. The requirement would include eggs produced by New York farmers, and […]

Pa. examines benefits of injecting manure into farm fields

Monday, September 6, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer LANCASTER, Pa. — Pennsylvania is looking into new ways to deal with the old problem of manure. This year, Pennsylvania is using a $225,000 federal grant to study the benefits of injecting manure into farm fields. Study purpose The purpose is twofold: To see if farmers receive better fertilization from […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: They’re listening. Are we talking?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The author started out to clear the name of dairy farmers in online comments to a Farm and Dairy article, but instead started an open dialogue between farmers and consumers.

Feds: No tolls on I-80 in Pa.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Interstate 80 is one of the main trucking thoroughfares in the state and is used by many agricultural businesses.

Funding woes continue to hinder Pa. fair board members

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Officials fear politics are behind the lack of funding for county fairs in Pennsylvania.

Butler County Pedalers are Pennsylvania Farm Show fiber junkies

Friday, January 29, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Like the fibers that float through the air from their just-spun wardrobe, shawl-draped Butler County Pedalers members anxiously floated from spinning wheel to weaver, talking about their love of wool. One wears a pure cashmere shawl, hand-made. Another sports a very soft, durable shawl made of silk and mohair — all hand-knit […]

New Regulations for Medicated Feeds

Monday, January 4, 2010

Two changes in federal regulations will affect medicated feeds, including milk replacer, beginning early next year.


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