Mid Atlantic

Ag Advisory Committee taps Trent Loos

cew-mr-55-1-trent-loos222by Sally Colby

The list of names reads like a list of who’s who in agriculture, an assortment of names from across the country; all of whom have been deeply involved in some form of agriculture for most of their lives. The list is the recently named Agricultural Advisory Committee, formed by President-elect Donald Trump to pioneer new ideas that will strengthen the nation’s ag industry and support rural communities. [Read more…]

Spotted Lanternfly quarantine expands to Bethlehem, 23 other municipalities in six southeastern PA counties

cm-rp-43-1-spotted-lanternflyCitizens encouraged to check for egg masses this fall

HARRISBURG, PA — The discovery of the Spotted Lanternfly in 25 additional municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania is cause for vigilance, but not alarm, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding, who emphasized the importance of citizen engagement in the ongoing effort to contain and eradicate this invasive species. [Read more…]

Not your grandfather’s corn

by Sally Colby

Dairy farmers typically plant designated acreage in corn for silage each year, with seed selection based on variety of factors. This past year’s drought conditions may entice some farmers to select more drought-tolerant varieties, and may also encourage them to think beyond what they’ve traditionally planted.

Ev Thomas, of Oak Point Agronomics, says drought-tolerant hybrids have been developed by several seed companies including DeKalb, Monsanto and Pioneer. “These are specifically developed for drought conditions,” said Thomas. [Read more…]

Slacktivism: cultivating your message beyond the fencerows

by Steve Wagner

The PA Farm Bureau’s Bill Zeiders is not that long out of Lebanon Valley College and he is now Director of Digital Media and Marketing at PFB. What he zeroed in on at the 66th PFB annual meeting was social media and specifically Facebook and the tools available to help people leverage their network and maximize their reach. [Read more…]