Tractor rollovers, overturns and back flips

CE-MR-3-Tractor-rollovers1-by Bill and Mary Weaver

The list of events causing tractor fatalities in Pennsylvania for a recent five-year period is mind numbing in its repetition of rollovers, overturns, rollbacks and backflips, but each statistic represented a tragic loss of an irreplaceable family member or friend. Stunningly, about 70 percent of the deaths could have been avoided if the tractor had been equipped with a roll bar alone, (for folks who won’t wear seat belts), and 99 percent of the victims would still be alive and have escaped serious injury if they had used a roll bar plus a seat belt. [Read more…]

4-H celebrates end of fair with Herdsman Award Ceremony

CW-MR-1-4H-celebratesby Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator

DUNKIRK, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development program celebrates the closing of each county fair with the Herdsman Awards Ceremony recognizing outstanding youth. This year the ceremony was held on Saturday, July 30 at the Warren K. Brown Show Arena on the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. [Read more…]

Don’t let your guard down

CE-MN-MR-47-1-Open-manure1601by Sally Colby

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…]

A trail riding fitness program

CW-MR-40-1-Trail-riding-fitness21by Marilyn Munzert

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…]

What’s been working for organic farmers?

CW-MR-2-Organic-Farmers585by Steve Wagner

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…]