The dairy industry — or at least the small family dairy farm — is struggling. With production costing more than the milk check, holding onto the farm is difficult. Some have turned to automatic milking systems and other automation to cut labor costs, help keep older generations on the farm, and interest younger generations in continuing to dairy. Others have sought refuge in the increasing demands for organic production, higher milk fat and protein components, 100 percent grass-fed milk, or A2 milk. [Read more…]
June 18 dawned sunny and hot at Plum Creek Farm in Littlestown, PA for the Carrollton Hounds Spook Proofing Clinic. There were balloons on poles of the parallel jump fences that were set up to be a walk-through obstacle, a giant Nemo the fish balloon on the top rail of the fence by the chicken pen and a bubble machine floating large bubbles into the air at a good rate while waiting for the clinic participants to arrive at the final field of obstacles. [Read more…]
by Katie Navarra
Without fail, flies arrive with summer heat and increased grazing time. Controlling flies is a common management issue among farmers, especially organic farmers who have fewer options for control. In a webinar hosted by eExtension and eOrganic, Roger Moon, Ph.D. and Brad Heins, Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, discuss two control options that were researched at the university through a project funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative.
Before a method of control can be established, you have to know your enemies. Flies originate from different places and cause specific problems. When asked to name flies, most people first list mosquitoes, horse flies, black flies and biting gnats. [Read more…]
There was a time when farmers in Lebanon County didn’t grow soybeans. “At that time, Penn State said, ‘you can’t raise beans around here; it won’t work,’” said Samuel Musser of Triple-M-Farms. “But my dad raised some soybeans and we baled it like hay. There weren’t many combines then, so we baled this stuff and big stems were sticking out. But it wasn’t much.” At the time, Musser’s fellow farmer, Mark Hershey, “was buying soybeans out of the west and cooking them. They were probably railed in; nobody seemed to know where he was getting them.” [Read more…]
KIMBERTON, PA — The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), in partnership with the Dickinson College Farm, Solar CITIES Inc., and Omega-Alpha Recycling Systems will be hosting a Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day event on small-scale biogas on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The field day will be hosted at the Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs, PA. [Read more…]