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Pa. maple syrup production falls

Saturday, June 19, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s 2010 maple syrup production is estimated at 54,000 gallons, down 41 percent from last year’s production of 92,000 gallons. The value of the syrup produced in 2009 is estimated at $3.50 million, down from the $3.83 million produced in the year 2008. The number of taps in Pennsylvania totaled 465,000 during […]

Pa. dairyman goes high tech with robotic milkers and digesters

Friday, June 18, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer BETHEL, Pa. — Ralph Moyer is uncertain what the future may hold for his Pennsylvania dairy farm. His grown children are pursuing careers elsewhere, and he’s not sure if any will carry on the family farm. And faced with an aging milk house and worn-out equipment, Moyer knew he either […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

COLUMBUS — Kayla Hinds, an 11-year member of the Kids & Critters and Thunder Valley Pioneers 4-H clubs, was one of 59 4-H’ers were recognized for outstanding accomplishments June 2 at the 2010 state Achievement Awards and Scholarship banquet. Hinds is the daughter of Kevin and Gladys Hinds of Newcomerstown. She received a $3,000 Paul […]

Plans detailed for Ag Progress Days

Thursday, June 17, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 2010 edition of Penn State’s Ag Progress Days exposition will take place Aug. 17-19, and organizers are planning a variety of activities of interest to agricultural producers, consumers and families. 400 exhibitors Show Manager Bob Oberheim said more than 400 commercial exhibitors expected to display the latest goods and services. […]

Considering timber harvest? Do your homework

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Each weekday morning, I travel the 18 miles to my office at the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Most often, I use this quiet time to focus on the day’s agenda or plot my strategies for long-term projects and programs. However, efforts to plan my day have been interrupted over recent months by observations […]

EPA delays regs for bulk milk tanks, NMPF asks for clarity on efforts to exempt farm storage tanks.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing back the deadline for dairy farms’ compliance with Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations that may affect bulk milk tanks. In a letter to National Milk Producers Federation dated June 9, the EPA committed to finalizing the SPCC exemption for bulk milk storage […]

Commonwealth preserves 4,000th farm

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board reached a major milestone by preserving the state’s 4,000th farm. “Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program leads the nation,” said state Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding. “I applaud the farmers who have made the enormous commitment to protect their farm in perpetuity — meaning it will always remain […]

NMPF: Time to change dairy policy; Need margin protection, f.o. reform

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Milk Producers Federation’s board of directors have agreed to move forward with pushing a variety of changes in federal dairy policies. The board voted June 9 to support the package of concepts contained in the federation’s approach to reforming dairy policy, Foundation for the Future. NMPF President and CEO Jerry […]

Gulf oil spill may be bad news for farmers and harm U.S. grain exports

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

AMES, Iowa — With the latest failed efforts to stop the flow of oil from an uncapped well into the Gulf of Mexico, projections are that the spill may not be contained until late summer, or later. Grain prices That could affect grain prices for the United States and overseas markets, according to Iowa State […]

International Farm Transition Network sets date for conference

Monday, June 14, 2010

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — The International Farm Transition Network will host their annual conference July 20-23 at the Sheraton Suites. This three day meeting will bring together agricultural professionals, farmers, citizens, and service providers to discuss and learn about exciting projects in farm transition. The conference will highlight the countryside initiative: a partnership between the […]

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