Marketing local meats — best practices

CN-MR-1-Marketing 1by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Do you have more meat in your farm freezer that you can sell? Do you have trouble reaching customers or getting the prices you should to keep your farm viable?

“Most farmers go into farming because they love farming, not because they love marketing,” said Matt LeRoux, an agricultural marketing specialist with Cornell’s Cooperative Extension. At a recent workshop offered by the Rhode Island Raised Livestock Association, he coached livestock farmers to offer messages that resonate with customers and grow product sales.
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Soybean growers recognized at annual Crop Producers Conference

CM-MR-1-Soybean growers 1by Sally Colby

Pennsylvania soybean growers working toward higher yields can compete regionally for individual as well as regional awards in the state’s growing contest.

In presenting the Pennsylvania Soybean Board awards for the 2013 growing season, Penn State Extension Educator Del Voight noted that the average yield for 2013 was 76.8 bu/acre, which he says reflects the trend toward an overall increase of one bushel/year.

Average seed drop among growers was 167,000 plants/acre, which is close to the recommended rate in Penn State’s agronomy guide. [Read more…]

It’s fun, but is it safe?

CEWM-MR-3-It's fun 2by Sally Colby

Farm kids often have advantages over their suburban and urban peers when it comes to opportunities for learning about working with livestock and machinery. One of the most popular pieces of machinery among youth is the 4-wheeler, or ATV, but such vehicles are responsible for serious accidents every year.

To help both adults and youth understand the potential hazards with ATVs, Penn State ag engineers have created roll-over simulators. These simulators, which include a tractor cab and a full-size ATV, draw attention at events such as the Keystone Farm Show in York, PA and Penn State’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, PA. [Read more…]

CattleWomen meet at National Cattle Convention

C4-MR-2-Cattlewomen 2by Rebecca Long Chaney

NASHVILLE, TN — CattleWomen from coast to coast gathered recently for the National Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show. Members of the American National CattleWomen’s Association (ANCW) met to discuss ways to empower their members to make continued contributions to the beef community.

Volunteer CattleWomen are a vital part of the programs managed by ANCW. The country is divided into seven regions and each region works hard to carry out ANCW’s mission to promote beef programs and activities. [Read more…]

Record attendance gathers for 2014 PA Dairy Summit in State College, PA

CM-MR-3-Dairy Summit21by Jon M. Casey

For a record number of attendees who braved a pending nor’easter, the trip to the Penn Stater Hotel and Convention Center in State College, PA, a new venue for the fifth annual event, proved to be the ideal location. With more than 400 dairy industry professionals attending the two-day event hosted by the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) on Feb. 12 and 13, organizers were extremely pleased with the turnout. Over 60 exhibitors offered their support for the annual event, with an industry trade show that lined hallways and side rooms at the convention center. During breaks and at times specifically devoted to the exhibits, participants enjoyed the opportunity to visit with agribusiness product and service providers. [Read more…]