Emergency preparedness 24/7

CM-MR-2-EMERGENCY-PREPS_11317by Steve Wagner

“I have a team of about eight people on stand-by at the PA Emergency Management Agency, 24/7, during state-of-emergency types of events, but we’re also on call everyday for any incident regarding agriculture and food supply.” The man speaking those words is Derek Ruhl, Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Safety for the PA Department of Agriculture “When our team of eight goes into PEMA, we go into it with the mind-set that we want to keep the three-to-five-day supply of food going,” Ruhl continued. [Read more…]

Grain Marketing: commodity outlook

CEW-MR-1-GRAIN-MARKETING1by Tamara Scully

Grain farmers gathered recently to attend Penn State University’s Grain Marketing Workshop, in Leesport. The workshop was geared towards grain producers interested in learning more about commodity grain marketing, John Berry, Penn State Extension Ag Marketing Educator, said.

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Blue Roan Tamed During Extreme Mustang Makeover

CN-MR-2-BLUE-ROAN-611by Laura Rodley

In the C barn during this year’s Equine Affaire, stood a blue roan; just a short while ago, the blue roan had been running wild with other mustangs in a herd out west. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program rounded him up and in April, 13 year old Ashley Retcho of Just a Sport of Color Farm from Pine Bush, NY adopted him from BLM as part of the Extreme Mustang Makeover (EMM) Challenge from a temporary BLM adoption location, Crimson Acres in Orange, MA.   [Read more…]

The Cooperative Development Institute and the Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative

by George Looby, DVM

Cooperatives have long been a part of the marketing side of agriculture and in today’s complex world, Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), located in Shelburne Falls, MA is an organization that supports cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks. The organization provides education, training and technical assistance to existing and start-up cooperatively-structured enterprises including those involved in food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. [Read more…]

Schumer wants to cut costs for farmers seeking new equipment

GO-MR-2-Schumer-EQUIPMENT_11by Alex Huebner

For many farmers, especially small, family-owned operations, buying new equipment is not always economically feasible. This can present problems for farmers since they could be working off older equipment. This equipment can become unsafe and inefficient.If farmers were able to have more money in their tax returns, they could then put that money toward newer, safer vehicles and equipment.At a recent press conference at Hudson River Tractor Company in Fultonville, NY, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced plans to change federal tax incentives for farmers. His goal with these changes is to cut costs and raise profits for farmers across America.

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