Mid Atlantic

Farming fish

Today, 130 species of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks are farmed. Farmed seafood production supplies approximately 55 percent of the world's seafood demand. 

by Tamara Scully

“Intensively selecting aquatic animals from the wild, in an attempt to farm them, as the wild populations we had could not sustain” the demand for seafood, began about 50 years ago, Dr. John Jensen, Professor Emeritus, Schools of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University said. “There are tremendous opportunities to grow fish in the U.S. Until recently, animals from out of the vast ocean satisfied our demand for seafood.” [Read more…]

Shirks introduce new genetics, expand flock of breeding ewes

cm-mr-53-3-shirks-9658by Bill and Mary Weaver

Quentin and Anita Shirk moved with their family and their breeding ewes from a smaller farm in southeastern PA to their current 100 acres in New Columbia in northern Union County in 2010. With the move, they gained plenty of space for pasture rotation; wooded sections of pastures for shade for their sheep; 3 natural water sources; and top-quality (river bottom) soil, which benefits both their pastures and their produce operation. [Read more…]

Allentown Fair Recognition Night honors valley agricultural supporters

ALLENTOWN, PA — Highlighting its roots and reason for being, The Great Allentown Fair held its annual “Agriculture Recognition Night” during the 2016 fair to honor accomplished students and adults that have contributed to Pennsylvania’s number one industry.

The ceremony was held recently inside the Agri-Plex exhibition building sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network while the fair was in full swing. [Read more…]

The 60th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation

cew-mr-26-3-60th-pa-dairy913by Steve Wagner

The first thing regular attendees to this year’s coronation might have noticed is a general upgrading of the quality in the trimmings of the affair. At the doors outside the banquet room stood an easel with a diagram of table locations so ticket holders could see before entering exactly where they were located. “In previous years,” said PA Dairy Princess Promotion Services Administrative Director Laura Daubert, “not doing that seemed to translate into a minor disaster.” [Read more…]

Artificial intelligence could help farmers diagnose crop diseases

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — A network of computers fed a large image dataset can learn to recognize specific plant diseases with a high degree of accuracy, potentially paving the way for field-based crop-disease identification using smartphones, according to a study by a team of researchers at Penn State and EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland. [Read more…]