Elmhurst Dairy production plant closing impacts New York dairy farms

CE-MR-2-Elmhurst-Dairy-closing1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

On Oct. 30 the Jamaica, NY, Elmhurst Dairy processing plant will close its doors affecting “8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools,” while also impacting dairy farms across New York State.

“This development is only going to cause more market disruption to a market that is already suffering from a shortage of processing capacity here in the Northeast,” said CCE CNY Dairy Specialist Dave Balbian. [Read more…]

Importance of agriculture history, farm preservation highlighted during century, Bicentennial Farm Award Ceremony at Ag Progress Days

ROCK SPRINGS, PA – Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage took the spotlight Tuesday when Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized seven Pennsylvania families for their contributions to the commonwealth’s agriculture industry during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Centre County.

Redding recognized the farms – which have been in operation for a combined more than 900 years – through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Century and Bicentennial Farm Program. [Read more…]

NYS Agriculture Commissioner tours upstate horse farms

CW-MR-1-Ball-tours-horse-farms540by Michael Wren

Richard A. Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner visited several Thoroughbred horse farms in Upstate New York recently, his goal being to show the importance and impact of thoroughbred horses beyond the scope of a racetrack. Ball said, “In addition to providing jobs and a significant boost to the economy, the equine industry, including the Thoroughbred racing industry, is critical to our growing agriculture community.” [Read more…]

CDE Foundation & PA Dairymen’s Name Scholarship Winners

More than $30,000 is awarded in undergraduate education scholarships

HARRISBURG, PA – The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association have selected 10 outstanding undergraduate students as recipients of the 2016 Student Leader Scholarship awards. These ten students will each receive a $3,000 scholarship to support their undergraduate studies and encourage them to continue to pursue a career specifically in the dairy industry.  [Read more…]

NECAS Grain bin safety demonstration

CEW-MR-38-3-Grain-Bin-Safety5215by Michael Wren

Anyone that has ever been in a grain bin knows how dangerous it can be. With the lack of light, possibility of fumes or foul air and the confinement of the space, grain bins can be a nightmare. With more and more grain bins springing up and being used, it is becoming important to prepare both those working in the bins as well as those that will be called when something goes wrong. [Read more…]