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…]
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…]
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…]
The Herkimer County Fair in Frankfort, NY, was a fun and enjoyable experience for many people. This fair had many rides, musical entertainment, art exhibits, and food vendors.
But while this fair served as another reason for people to do something fun during the summer, it was also a chance for local farmers to compete and win prizes. This fair also hosted many agriculture events from the day the fairgrounds first opened (Aug. 18) to the final day (Aug. 21). [Read more…]
No amount of heat or humidity could keep the crowds away this year from Empire Farm Days. The three-day show ran Aug. 9 through 11 and featured education, equipment, animals and temperatures that soared well into the 90s. [Read more…]
ALFRED, NY — In the midst of a punishing dry spell that has diminished pastures, water bodies and farmer’s spirits, Grasstravaganza 2016 brought a 3-day temporary respite for the mind and even garnered a much needed rain shower. As featured speaker, Fred Provenza, stated, “It’s the hard times that force us to adapt and change”. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]