A young dairy farmer turned on the agitator for an open-air manure pit just as he had likely done many times in the past. But this time was different. The air was still and a dense fog covered the area, holding the manure gasses close to the ground. With no air movement and steady inhalation of manure gasses emitted while agitating the pit, the man was quickly overcome by the toxic fumes. He died, as did a group of cattle in the same area. [Read more…]
Trying to do too much too fast will put you behind your goal, not ahead of it.
Taking a shortcut to complete a task or get somewhere in a hurry, only to have it take longer is an example of why cutting corners rarely pays off. This is important to understand when conditioning a horse for the demands of trail riding. [Read more…]
Elvin Ranck, a Mifflintown, Juniata County farmer, says when he started switching from conventional farming methods to organic, it was 1986. Ranck was the lead-off speaker at the two-day Organic Valley/Organic Prairie/CROPP Cooperative ‘Balancing for Profit’ Agronomy School. At that time, he said, he never thought that Pennsylvania would be supporting organic like they are today. [Read more…]
This year’s 41st Ag Progress Days was held Aug. 16 to 18 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center in Rock Springs, PA featured more than 500 exhibitors and event demonstrations. At the Government and Industry Day Luncheon on Wednesday the 17th, more than 700 alumni, agricultural industry members and local, state, and federal governmental officials met to hear updates on the progress that has been made in state budgetary improvements since the 9-month impasse that took place during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. [Read more…]
No amount of heat or humidity could keep the crowds away this year from Empire Farm Days. The three-day show ran Aug. 9 through 11 and featured education, equipment, animals and temperatures that soared well into the 90s. [Read more…]
ALFRED, NY — In the midst of a punishing dry spell that has diminished pastures, water bodies and farmer’s spirits, Grasstravaganza 2016 brought a 3-day temporary respite for the mind and even garnered a much needed rain shower. As featured speaker, Fred Provenza, stated, “It’s the hard times that force us to adapt and change”. [Read more…]
ROCK SPRINGS, PA – Pennsylvania’s rich agricultural heritage took the spotlight Tuesday when Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding recognized seven Pennsylvania families for their contributions to the commonwealth’s agriculture industry during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Centre County.
Redding recognized the farms – which have been in operation for a combined more than 900 years – through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Century and Bicentennial Farm Program. [Read more…]
Richard A. Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner visited several Thoroughbred horse farms in Upstate New York recently, his goal being to show the importance and impact of thoroughbred horses beyond the scope of a racetrack. Ball said, “In addition to providing jobs and a significant boost to the economy, the equine industry, including the Thoroughbred racing industry, is critical to our growing agriculture community.” [Read more…]