Wherever wildlife has interfered with man, we’ve seen the decline of targeted species. Wolves, coyotes, bear, mountain lion and other higher-level predators have all historically suffered a reduction in their natural ranges when their presence has caused livestock or crop losses. And, as the loss of forested and farmland acreage has accelerated across the country, remaining populations have been put in closer and closer contact with human activities, particularly in the densely populated portions of the Northeast. [Read more…]
Eight students of Penn State’s Department of Animal Science Advanced Beef Production course traveled to our nation’s capital to speak with industry representatives and meet with legislators and their staff, Sept. 27th- 29th. The intense two-day trip was designed to help students understand the issues within the beef industry and observe the legislative process as they met with congressional delegations to explain the issues.
Most cattlemen don’t find themselves displaying bulls in a suburban grocery store parking lot or hosting meat cutters in their pastures, but that’s become as routine to Phil Trowbridge and his son PJ as breeding cows or clipping sale bulls.
“Anytime we call Phil, and ask for anything —and we ask for some crazy things — he’s always game,” says Deanna Walenciak, Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand marketing director. [Read more…]
AUBURN, NY — Richard Ball is not only the New York Agriculture Commissioner but is a long-time Schoharie County vegetable farmer. As such, when it rains, “You don’t feel as guilty sitting inside conversing with others over coffee,” said Ball. The deluge outside the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District provided some downtime to discuss issues for area farmers and their soil and water agency partners as part of Governor Cuomo’s Capital for a Day initiative. [Read more…]
Students from across five Pennsylvania counties discovered agriculture at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 19th Farm City Day during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA — Beef and horse exhibitors from Virginia and Pennsylvania’s Dauphin, Snyder and York counties received $1,000 scholarships as part of the Keystone International Livestock Expo (KILE), held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA. [Read more…]
HARRISBURG, PA — Judges sorted nearly 1,000 cattle to select the Grand Champion Hereford Bull and Grand Champion Angus Female as the Supreme Champion Bull and Supreme Champion Female of the 2015 Keystone International Livestock Exposition, held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. [Read more…]
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…]