Dave Swarz of the Penn State Extension received the Staff Laureate Leadership Award last year from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences for “exhibiting sound judgment and exemplary problem solving.” Although he made his remarks at a beef meeting, he talked about Ag commodities because “they are all in some way or another associated with, and affect, beef prices.” [Read more…]
A lot of farmers these days have realized that what they are doing interacts well with the general public. The famous origins of Knott’s Berry Farm on the West Coast comes to mind as well as numerous orchards across the nation which have taken the model of “pick your own” (PYO) to heart and thereby saved themselves a great deal on labor costs. [Read more…]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dairy farmers from across the country visited Capitol Hill as part of the National Milk Producers Federation’s annual young farmer fly-in to Washington, where in more than 200 meetings they asked lawmakers for action on a handful of issues important to the dairy sector. [Read more…]
A recent summer tour sponsored by Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania made a stop at the Smyser farm in York, PA. The Smyser farm might not be one of the largest in the area but the family operates it like tightly run ship. [Read more…]
A new challenge in the form of the FDA Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act is here. Among its many sets and subsets, it clearly defines the way in which antibiotics may be used in food animal management. Perhaps it is better said it clearly defines when antibiotics designated to be used in humans may not be used in the feed of animals. [Read more…]
How do you know if your livestock needs shade? The answer has to do with heat stress. But heat stress can get complicated.
If animals are in the thermoneutral zone (TNZ), then shade isn’t needed. Outside of that zone, an animal must expend energy keeping cool. [Read more…]
Anyone with a pesticide applicator’s license has heard it: the label is the law.
Tracy Harpster, Penn State extension educator, pesticide education program, says labels are not only the law but also include information about the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for that product. [Read more…]
Our hands are a critical part of what we’re able to accomplish every day, and we use them every day to complete routine tasks and precision movements. [Read more…]