Maryland Dairy Convention

CM-DY-2-Maryland-dairy-convby Hope Holland

The Maryland Dairy Industry Association held its annual convention at FSK Holiday Inn and Conference Center on Saturday, Feb. 27.

A comprehensive group of speakers were at the convention featuring Dr. Bob Peters, University of MD, Gordie Jones, DVM, Central Sands Dairy, LLC of Nekoosa, WI. Virginia Ishler of Penn State and Ralph Ward of Cumberland Valley Analytical Services in Hagerstown, MD provided the two consecutive morning breakout sessions.

The afternoon sessions were given by Julio O Giordano from Cornell University and Sue Puffenbarger representing Land O’Lakes. [Read more…]

A career of teaching, learning and sharing

CM-MR-3-Jana-Malot-83417by Sally Colby

Jana Malot might be retired, but she’s hardly sitting still. After a 30-year career with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service as a state grassland conservationist, Jana is spending more time with her beef cattle and the land on which they graze.

Jana and her husband Clem raise beef cattle on about 300 acres in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, where rolling hills mean plenty of grazing land. With extensive experience in grassland management along with knowledge gleaned from others in the field, Jana has developed a system of grazing management that is constantly evolving as she observes both her cattle and the land they graze. [Read more…]

Milk marketing

CM-MR-1-Milk-marketing1by Tamara Scully

Commodity milk pays the bills – or is supposed to pay the bills – on most dairy farms today. Selling milk from the bulk tank to the dairy processors is how most milk and milk products travel from the farm to the consumer. Raw milk, on-farm pasteurization and direct fluid milk sales, or production of farmstead cheese, yogurt and ice cream, sold directly from the farm, is a rarer breed. [Read more…]

The new normal

CEW-MR-2-The-new-normal2by Steve Wagner

Ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was once asked a hypothetical question by a member of the media, and answered, “I don’t do hypotheticals!” But as hypotheticals go, some are necessary. Penn-Ag’s Executive Vice President Chris Herr rightly noted in discussing steps being taken to cope with High Pathogenic Avian Influenza, “what you’re seeing is the new normal.” Jennifer Reed-Harry, speaking at an earlier seminar on emergency preparedness, said because HPAI has not been identified yet in Pennsylvania, we are theoretically on emergency stand-by. [Read more…]

Losing our land grant

CDM-45-1-Losing-our3816by Steve Wagner

Like a bombshell that falls on a city’s buildings, the one that is falling on Penn State’s Extension Services is just as destructive in its way as the one destroying buildings. Jobs will be lost, services ruined and/or done away with, and cultures, namely agriculture and horticulture, will suffer irreparable damage.

“After vetoing two previous budget proposals last year,” explained PA Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert, “the Governor decided to line-item veto the Legislature’s third proposal, in order to disperse some public funds to keep public schools and human services functioning. As a result of the line-item veto, funding for PSU Cooperative Extension and Research, along with other agricultural priorities, have been zeroed out of the existing state spending plan that was supposed to run from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. [Read more…]