Tractor rollovers, overturns and back flips

CE-MR-3-Tractor-rollovers1-by Bill and Mary Weaver

The list of events causing tractor fatalities in Pennsylvania for a recent five-year period is mind numbing in its repetition of rollovers, overturns, rollbacks and backflips, but each statistic represented a tragic loss of an irreplaceable family member or friend. Stunningly, about 70 percent of the deaths could have been avoided if the tractor had been equipped with a roll bar alone, (for folks who won’t wear seat belts), and 99 percent of the victims would still be alive and have escaped serious injury if they had used a roll bar plus a seat belt. [Read more…]

Festival of Horsepower

CE-MR-2-Horse-Pulls5971by Katie Navarra

Nearly 100 horses and their handlers competed for a share of $10,000 in prize monies offered at the Festival of Horsepower held Aug. 12-13 at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Rensselaer County, New York. This was the second annual Festival of Horsepower, which featured three days of horse powered pulls, antique tractor pulls, a car show a bounce house for the kids and fair food vendors. [Read more…]

What’s been working for organic farmers?

CW-MR-2-Organic-Farmers585by Steve Wagner

Elvin Ranck, a Mifflintown, Juniata County farmer, says when he started switching from conventional farming methods to organic, it was 1986. Ranck was the lead-off speaker at the two-day Organic Valley/Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative ‘Balancing for Profit’ Agronomy School. At that time, he said, he never thought that Pennsylvania would be supporting organic like they are today. [Read more…]

Government and Industry Day Luncheon honors retiring Ag Progress Days Manager, Bob Oberheim

CEW-MR-32-2-Gov't-and-Industry-day376by Jon M. Casey

This year’s 41st Ag Progress Days was held Aug. 16 to 18 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Rock Springs, PA featured more than 500 exhibitors and event demonstrations. At the Government and Industry Day Luncheon on Wednesday the 17th, more than 700 alumni, agricultural industry members and local, state, and federal governmental officials met to hear updates on the progress that has been made in state budgetary improvements since the 9-month impasse that took place during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. [Read more…]

West Winfield girl wins Herkimer County Fair Queen title

The 2016 Herkimer County Fair Queen is Emily Ward-Case, 17, from West Winfield. First runner up is Samantha Kimball, 17, from Sauquoit, second runner up is Alexys Conti, 15, from Fultonville, and third runner up is Madisyn Kraeger, 14, from Poland.

The Princess is Olivia Wiehenstroer, 12, from Utica, NY. First runner up is Morgan O’Bryan, 10, from Little Falls, second runner up is Shayna Nicole Terry, 11, from Ilion and third runner up is Catalina Batista, 11, from Poland. [Read more…]