It seems like every year the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Coronation is less pageant and more entertainment. Don’t misunderstand. All of the pageant trimmings are there – tiaras, gowns, milk toasts, and a plethora of pageant and princess photographs from yesteryear. Those pictures festoon the Radisson Hotel lobby in Harrisburg with a room dedicated to scrapbooks of princessiana off the lobby. There is singing, acting, recitation, a bit of light footwork that passes for dancing on occasion only because there isn’t any real room for it onstage. To top it all off there is Kirk Sattazahn, the pageant’s perennial emcee, a genial humorist whose jokes always deliver. When the judging gets to the ‘push comes to shove’ stage, the judges are faced with assessing stage ability – speeches, radio commercials, Mary Poppins ‘selling’ milk (this year), and a host of thespian-related abilities. But exactly what is a dairy princess? According to the 59th Pageant program guide, she is many things. [Read more…]
A senior at Huntingdon Area High School, Savannah is president of the Standing Stone FFA Chapter, secretary of the National Honor Society chapter and plays varsity volleyball. She milks cows and helps feed calves on a 160-cow dairy. Savannah enjoys scrapbooking, helping the dairy promotion team educate the community about the dairy industry, and showing her cows at the Huntingdon County Fair. [Read more…]
The USDA recently announced incentives available for the establishment of biomass crops. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides incentives for forest landowners as well as farmers to grow new sources of biomass energy products.
According to Virginia Green, USDA Farm Services Agency, Conservation Specialist for New York, growers in a nine county region — Oneida, Oswego, Franklin, Jefferson, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Clinton and Essex — were eligible to enroll acreage for shrub willow production. The “distinct geographical areas” for the shrub willow project were selected due to their proximity to the ReEnergy LLC bioenergy plants, located in Fort Drum, Lyonsdale, and Chatequgay. [Read more…]
Hello! I’m Gabby Domagala, a sophomore at SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in Agriculture Business with the focus in Dairy Management. I am the fourth generation on my family’s 80-cow dairy farm, located in Lewis County, NY. With that traditional mindset, I also wish to continue dairy farming after earning my degree. I chose SUNY Cobleskill as my first-choice college because of the great hands-on experience the school has to offer! The applied programs offer a learning experience like no other; students are able to apply what they learn in a classroom setting into practical field work situations. I am very passionate about the agriculture and dairy industries, and am excited to share this passion with the readers of Country Folks in our Coby Corner column. Along with being a full-time student, I am also involved in extra-curricular activities such as SUNY Cobleskill Dairy Cattle Club, SUNY Cobleskill National Agri-Marketing Association, 4-H, Junior Holstein Club, FFA, Farm Bureau, and Women Involved in Farm Economics. In addition, I am a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Dairy Cattle Management class at SUNY Cobleskill. [Read more…]
The beginning of Suzanne and Steve Messmer’s journey into cheese making started as a favor. A family that lived nearby them in the town of Interlaken, NY owned Lively Run Goat Dairy and wanted to take a trip abroad. They asked the Messmers if they would be willing to tend to their goat herds while they were gone. [Read more…]