Penn State’s new student industry tour highlights agriculture’s diversity

CM-MR-2-PENN-ST-DAIRY-TOUR-011For 16 years Penn State’s Department of Animal Science has offered a tour of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry. Designed to introduce students new to the University Park campus and other Commonwealth campuses to the industry’s diversity and to career opportunities.

Twenty-five students and four faculty members participated in this year’s tour on Aug. 27 that visited Somerset County and saw beef, dairy and veterinary operations. [Read more…]

Pumpkins a highlight at Danny Cassell’s farm

CM-MR-2-CASSELL-PUMPKIN_31by Karl H. Kazaks

GLADESBORO, VA – Danny Cassell has been farming since he was big enough to walk behind the cabbage setter. He bought his first tractor in 1976. Today he is a fulltime farmer and has been for eight years, growing mainly pumpkins and sweet corn but also collards, kale, acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. [Read more…]

Heat stress impacts on dairy cow reproduction

by Tamara Scully

The Northeast may not be the hottest region in the country, yet it has seen an increasing amount of hot days, where the temperature-humidity index (THI) rises above 72 points, the level at which thermal neutrality is breeched and dairy cows begin to be negatively impacted by heat stress. Climate change predictions for the region indicate that an increase in the amount of days where a heat stress event occurs, as well as an increase in the duration and intensity of such events, is all but inevitable. [Read more…]

Ag Progress Days 2015 – Simulated Vehicle Rescue

CDM-FS-2-AG-RESCUE-02291by Bill and Mary Weaver

During this year’s Ag Progress Days, one of the many safety demonstrations put on for those in attendance was a simulated rescue of an accident victim from a minivan. Two volunteer rescue companies, Millheim and Miles Twp., along with PSU EMS, outlined the steps and procedures needed to extract a victim safely and without causing further injury. [Read more…]

High-risk season for HPAI

CE-MR-3-PA-AVAIN_08561by Steve Wagner

Insiders call it High Path AI. Yet, if it is high path, why hasn’t avian flu yet reached Pennsylvania? That was the question I put to PA Ag Secretary Russell Redding prior to his chairing of a town hall style seminar titled Preparation for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza [HPAI] at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center. “It is H5N2,” Redding said. “What we know at this point is that it does not like hot weather. [Read more…]