Keystone Farm Show gears up for their biggest year ever

CDM-PP-Keystone-171With the addition of a toy exhibit area and the expansion into an additional building, the Keystone Farm Show is cementing its status as being the largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania.

The show, now entering its 18th year, is the first farm show of the year and has the largest number of agriculture exhibitors on the East Coast. [Read more…]

Opportunity for dairy farms: Raising bull calves

CDM-MR-2-BULL-CALVES_66w6by Katie Navarra

If you are thinking about adding a new profitable enterprise to your dairy operation, dairy-beef production could be a natural fit.
“Sometimes it is hard to convince dairy farmers that they are also beef farmers. After all, think about where the cows go at the end of their life. The better care they receive, the higher value they will have at that point,” said Tom Gallagher, livestock specialist, Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program.

[Read more…]

Emergency preparedness 24/7

CM-MR-2-EMERGENCY-PREPS_11317by Steve Wagner

“I have a team of about eight people on stand-by at the PA Emergency Management Agency, 24/7, during state-of-emergency types of events, but we’re also on call everyday for any incident regarding agriculture and food supply.” The man speaking those words is Derek Ruhl, Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Safety for the PA Department of Agriculture “When our team of eight goes into PEMA, we go into it with the mind-set that we want to keep the three-to-five-day supply of food going,” Ruhl continued. [Read more…]

Grain Marketing: commodity outlook

CEW-MR-1-GRAIN-MARKETING1by Tamara Scully

Grain farmers gathered recently to attend Penn State University’s Grain Marketing Workshop, in Leesport. The workshop was geared towards grain producers interested in learning more about commodity grain marketing, John Berry, Penn State Extension Ag Marketing Educator, said.

[Read more…]