Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24. After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work. On April 25, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny. [Read more…]
“What can we do as a college and a university to work with farmers, communities and municipalities that are dealing with issues related to water quality, and really meet what we try to say are the dual goals of productive viable growing of agriculture into the future, healthy communities, and also clean rivers and streams?” asked Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center at the Winter Farmers Meeting in Mount Joy, PA. [Read more…]
Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Scillieri Smith, of Quality Milk Services in New York, says when it comes to foul ups in milking systems, there’s usually more going on than just the milking system.
“When we look at the herd to work on problems and trouble-shoot, we like to look at everything,” she said. “If a farmer says, ‘I think it’s the milking system’, more often than not there’s more than one thing going on.” [Read more…]
by Rebecca Long Chaney
ASHLAND, KS — “The rancher we helped told me it reminded her of the dirty 30s and Dust Bowl,” said Rianna Chaney, 13, formerly of Thurmont, MD. “Because there were no trees left and just sand, and that’s what it looks like now.”
Rianna joined nine other 4-H members from her Pride of the Prairie 4-H Club and two 4-H moms from Elwood, NE, to help ranchers affected by the devastating wildfires that swept across Clark County, KS, destroying nearly half a million acres on March 6 in just hours. Pastures were burned, homes were lost, thousands of miles of fencing were destroyed, equipment was burned and one trucker tragically was killed. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
The importance of cow comfort is not only an animal welfare concern: it impacts productivity, longevity, and the bottom line at the dairy. Comfortable cows are not only cows free from pain, they are cows that are housed in an environment that maximizes their genetic potential. The Cow Comfort Conference, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team, was recently held in Syracuse, NY. The conference offered participants a comprehensive overview of dairy cow comfort concerns facing the industry. [Read more…]
by Jon M. Casey
The Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association held their 2017 annual Cattlemen’s Banquet at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in State College the evening of March 30.
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President, Craig Uden, served as Keynote Speaker updating the group on the national association’s efforts to support the cattle industry. Uden said while top issues currently facing the industry include foreign trade, especially with Canada, Mexico and Japan, he is greatly encouraged following meetings with congressional leaders and executive department heads in Washington. [Read more…]
by Cammie Barden
Every tool requires some form of maintenance, and tractors are no different. There are a variety of parts that require a little TLC to keep the machine in top form. During these moments, certain guidelines should be followed to keep safe from injury or death.
Whenever maintenance must be performed, it is essential to engage the brakes, lower any attachments to the ground, and turn the engine off. If an attachment or the tractor must be raised, using body props to keep from being crushed is essential. If the engine must be turned on, ensure that the area is clear. [Read more…]
“You were promised an update on the Holstein beef project,” said Dr. Tara Felix, a PSU Extension Beef Specialist, speaking at the recent Cattle Feeder’s Day at Lancaster, PA Farm & Home Center. She then described a demonstration carried out at the Sam Hayes Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace in 2016. [Read more…]