Wickwire Angus closes in on 50 years of breeding Wye-derived Angus

CM-MR-3-Wickwire Angus 2by Karl H. Kazaks

BULL CREEK, NC — Here in the mountains of western North Carolina, near his childhood home, David Freeman raises purebred Angus.

He spent some decades away, working in Northern Virginia as an engineer for Norfolk Southern, building the Angus herd he established in 1965.

The time away provided Freeman with many opportunities. Most importantly, in terms of his career as a cattleman, it gave him the chance to learn from Jim Lingle and Jim Reid of Wye Plantation. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania FFA Association’s 27th state legislative breakfast

CM-MR-2-Pensylvania FFA 2by Steve Wagner

The FFA paused from its hectic daily schedule on March 11 to thank legislators for acting, or enacting, on their behalf and on behalf of the citizens of the commonwealth. Bills that range from bounties on coyotes to tractor driving and a host of other agriculture-related legal concerns are matters taken up by state House and Senate members during the past year. Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig added that such legislation helps the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to “keep up with our regulatory responsibilities such as inspecting restaurants and school cafeterias, and checking gas pumps to make sure they are dispensing the correct amount of fuel, and keeping our animals and plants safe from disease and pests.” [Read more…]

Acting Commissioner Ball speaks on New York Ag opportunities

CEW-MR-2-Commissioner Ball254by Steven E Smith

“Here in Upstate New York, our agricultural industry is just hours from one of the largest appetites in the country. While Upstate economy is uneasy, it is the economic engine of agriculture that can be a difference maker,” stated the NY State Acting Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball. Ball was the featured speaker at the SUNY Cobleskill 2nd Presidents Roundtable Breakfast hosted by Acting President Debra Thatcher on April 2. Ball, who was named to the position at the beginning of 2014, shared some of actions that the department is taking to enable the state’s agricultural industry. [Read more…]