Maine prepares for impending outbreak of spruce budworm

CN-RP-1-ME-BUDWORM-11Maine Forest Service report documents steady rise of native defoliator

AUGUSTA, MA — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) recently released its 2015 report on spruce budworm in Maine. Entomologists from the DACF’s Maine Forest Service note a steady rise in the numbers of insects caught in pheromone traps concentrated along the Canadian border. Quebec’s infestation now encompasses 15.6 million acres and has spread south onto the Gaspe Peninsula and toward Maine. The insect’s potential to become an outbreak over vast regions of commercially valuable spruce-fir forests has scientists and public official deeply concerned. An infestation can spread rapidly via moths migrating to new areas. [Read more…]

Storrs Regional FFA Chapter in Connecticut attends National Convention

CN-RP-2-STORRS-FFA_5071Agricultural Engineering

Members of the Storrs Regional FFA Chapter in Connecticut were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Agricultural Tech. and Mech. Systems Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY. The team, led by advisor Jim Pomeroy, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 160 other participants. Patrick Clarke received a Silver emblem, Benjamin Garrison received a Silver, Benjamin Conklin received a Gold emblem, for placing 7th individual overall and received a check for $700 and a free welder and Mitchell Sanchez received a Bronze emblem. [Read more…]

Emergency preparedness 24/7

CM-MR-2-EMERGENCY-PREPS_11317by Steve Wagner

“I have a team of about eight people on stand-by at the PA Emergency Management Agency, 24/7, during state-of-emergency types of events, but we’re also on call everyday for any incident regarding agriculture and food supply.” The man speaking those words is Derek Ruhl, Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Safety for the PA Department of Agriculture “When our team of eight goes into PEMA, we go into it with the mind-set that we want to keep the three-to-five-day supply of food going,” Ruhl continued. [Read more…]

Grain Marketing: commodity outlook

CEW-MR-1-GRAIN-MARKETING1by Tamara Scully

Grain farmers gathered recently to attend Penn State University’s Grain Marketing Workshop, in Leesport. The workshop was geared towards grain producers interested in learning more about commodity grain marketing, John Berry, Penn State Extension Ag Marketing Educator, said.

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