That’s entertainment


It seems like every year the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation is less pageant and more entertainment. Don’t misunderstand. All of the pageant trimmings are there – tiaras, gowns, milk toasts, and a plethora of pageant and princess photographs from yesteryear. Those pictures festoon the Radisson Hotel lobby in Harrisburg with a room dedicated to scrapbooks of princessiana off the lobby. There is singing, acting, recitation, a bit of light footwork that passes for dancing on occasion only because there isn’t any real room for it onstage. To top it all off there is Kirk Sattazahn, the pageant’s perennial emcee, a genial humorist whose jokes always deliver. When the judging gets to the ‘push comes to shove’ stage, the judges are faced with assessing stage ability – speeches, radio commercials, Mary Poppins ‘selling’ milk (this year), and a host of thespian-related abilities. But exactly what is a dairy princess? According to the 59th Pageant program guide, she is many things. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Results

CDM-MR-2-PA-DAIRY-PRINCESS_84251Savannah, the daughter of George and Lori Zanic, won the presentation contest and received honorable mention in the dairy promotion knowledge, radio spot, scrapbook and speech competitions.

A senior at Huntingdon Area High School, Savannah is president of the Standing Stone FFA Chapter, secretary of the National Honor Society chapter and plays varsity volleyball. She milks cows and helps feed calves on a 160-cow dairy. Savannah enjoys scrapbooking, helping the dairy promotion team educate the community about the dairy industry, and showing her cows at the Huntingdon County Fair. [Read more…]

Growing willow biomass power in New York

CEW-MR-AE-1-Willow11by Tamara Scully

The USDA recently announced incentives available for the establishment of biomass crops. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides incentives for forest landowners as well as farmers to grow new sources of biomass energy products.

According to Virginia Green, USDA Farm Services Agency, Conservation Specialist for New York, growers in a nine county region — Oneida, Oswego, Franklin, Jefferson, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Clinton and Essex — were eligible to enroll acreage for shrub willow production. The “distinct geographical areas” for the shrub willow project were selected due to their proximity to the ReEnergy LLC bioenergy plants, located in Fort Drum, Lyonsdale, and Chatequgay. [Read more…]

Colby Corner

CEW-MR-3-Coby-corner-HEADER1Hello! I’m Gabby Domagala, a sophomore at SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in Agriculture Business with the focus in Dairy Management. I am the fourth generation on my family’s 80-cow dairy farm, located in Lewis County, NY. With that traditional mindset, I also wish to continue dairy farming after earning my degree. I chose SUNY Cobleskill as my first-choice college because of the great hands-on experience the school has to offer! The applied programs offer a learning experience like no other; students are able to apply what they learn in a classroom setting into practical field work situations. I am very passionate about the agriculture and dairy industries, and am excited to share this passion with the readers of Country Folks in our Coby Corner column. Along with being a full-time student, I am also involved in extra-curricular activities such as SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club, SUNY Cobleskill National Agri-Marketing Association, 4-H, Junior Holstein Club, FFA, Farm Bureau, and Women Involved in Farm Economics. In addition, I am a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Dairy Cattle Management class at SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]

Middletown 4-Hers get surprising results

CE-MR-2-State-Fair-g11by Pat Malin

SYRACUSE, NY — It’s common knowledge that upstate New Yorkers do not always see eye-to-eye with their distant downstate cousins, and vice-versa.

After all, their lifestyles are wildly different. “Upstate” might be imagined by some people as totally rural, populated by endless miles of cows, farms and grassland, seemingly devoid of large cities or modern culture. “Downstate” is judged solely by impressions of the Big Apple, a mad frenzy of skyscrapers, harried office workers and endless traffic jams. [Read more…]