Food Safety Modernization Act: Finalized

by Tamara Scully

It’s been almost three years since the original proposed Rules for Produce Safety and the Preventative Controls for Human Food, both portions of the 2011 Food Safety and Modernization Act, designed to prevent food-borne illnesses, were unveiled. Since that time, stakeholder input has led to re-evaluation and clarification of several provisions in both of these rules. Final FSMA regulations include some key changes from the original proposals. [Read more…]

Confined space hazards on the farm

CEW-MR-2-CONFINED-SPACE911by Steve Wagner

“My day job is a nurse,” said Sandy Reyburn, the District 3 Representative of the PA Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee. She was speaking at a PFB annual meeting seminar that focused on confined special hazards, “I see multiple things that come past me and I can’t stress enough how important safety is, how we have to be prepared on our family farms.” [Read more…]

Butler County farmer named Outstanding Woman in Agriculture

CDM-RP-1-OUTSTANDING-WOMAN-11HERSHEY, PA — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s (PFB) Women’s Leadership Committee has selected Butler County dairy farmer Rita Kennedy as the recipient of the “Outstanding Woman in Agriculture” Award.

Kennedy has been involved with farming her entire life. She was born and raised on a dairy farm, began milking cows as an eight-year-old and continues to be a vital member on the family farm today. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania 4-H’ers successful at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

CDM-RP-2-4H-POULTRY-WINNERS_0q1A team of 4-H’ers from Centre County represented Pennsylvania at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held November 18-19 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.  The team placed second overall in the Poultry Judging Contest, just 1.3 points (out of 4500) behind first place winner Georgia. Pennsylvania was first in the Market Egg Division, second in Production Hens and Oral reasons Division and fourth in the Market Poultry Division.
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Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture

by Katie Navarra

Nearly 14.3 percent of the total carrot crop acreage in the United States is grown in organic farming systems. “Carrots are a significant organic production vegetable component in U.S. agriculture,” said Micaela Colley, executive director and research education director for the Organic Seed Alliance.

Given the crop’s importance in organic agriculture, carrots are the focus of a nationwide project aimed at addressing critical needs of organic farmers. The collaborative includes researchers from around the country with specialties in multiple disciplines. The group is working together to develop and identify carrot varieties with improved nematode and disease resistance, increased nutritional value and flavor and improved weed competitiveness. [Read more…]