Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance 

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October 31, 2016 

 

Temperatures are falling in the mid-state and the leaves on the trees are starting to change to bright shades of fall hues. It’s hard to miss the political commercials, mailers, and signs that dot the countryside. We encourage everyone to take time out of their busy harvest schedules to go vote next Tuesday.

With dollars included in the last state budget, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for grants to offset costs of succession planning for farms in the commonwealth. Applicants can receive up to $3,000. Click here for more information.

For winter programming, the PA No-Till Alliance is partnering with Stroud Water Research Center to hold, A Meeting on Growing Healthy Soils. The meeting is scheduled for December 8 at Shady Maple in East Earl, PA. Those on the list to speak are John Kempf (a plain-sect farmer from Ohio), Steve Groff, Jeff Graybill, and Stroud Water Research Center. A full schedule is available online. The cost to attend is $10 for pre-registration, or $15.00 at the door. Call the Alliance Office at (717) 635-2320 to save your seat!

This year, the National No-Tillage Conference will be held in St. Louis, MO. The Alliance will not be organizing a trip this year. However, for the membership, the Alliance has secured a reduced registration of $259.00. Contact the Alliance office today (cwright@versantstrategies.net or (717) 635-2320) to secure this reduced registration rate! Participants who register through the Alliance can participate in the special Soil Microbes workshop. Contact the conference directly to reserve your spot for this special presentation by calling (866) 839-8455.

Cover crops signs are still available! For more information, or to get yours, contact Caleb Wright at the Alliance office at cwright@versantstrategies.net.

 

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Upcoming Events 

December 8        Meeting on Growing Health Soils, hosted by Stroud Water Research Center and the PA No-Till Alliance

January 10-13    National No-Tillage Conference, St. Louis, MO

January 25          SW PA Soil Health and No Till Conference

 

Ag Articles of Interest

10-25-2016

Viewpoint: Dealing with stress in a small family farm business
It is certainly no secret that stress is a fact of daily life for small businesses. This is especially true for the small family farm. What makes it worse is that most small family farmers must face the challenges alone or with little or no support. Today's family farmer knows that he or she must be very aware of their own... - Reading Eagle

 

10-25-2016

Horse in Jackson Center tests positive for rabies
HARRISBURG - A miniature horse located at a residence along Lyons Road in Jackson Center, Mercer County, tested positive for rabies, according to a report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The department said the miniature horse was examined by a veterinarian for... - Oil City Derrick

 

10-24-2016

USDA - Weekly Crop Progress & Condition for the Week Ending October 23, 2016
  (Press Release)

 

10-23-2016

Letters: Funding needed for Pa. to grow greener
Funding needed for Pa. to grow greener Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program has a proud history of success in protecting our water, conserving our natural lands, preserving our family farms, and providing outdoor recreation. Much work still needs to be done, however, to ensure future generations... - Philadelphia Inquirer

 

10-20-2016

PA Agriculture Department Warns Against Purchasing Illegal, Unlabeled "Brown...
  (Press Release)

 

10-20-2016

Video Reveals How ‘Cage-Free’ Hens Live, Animal Advocates Say
After years of pressure from animal advocates, dozens of food companies have committed themselves to “cage-free” eggs produced by hens not living in the cramped quarters known as battery cages. Now, however, some of those same advocates are turning their attention via... - New York Times

 

10-18-2016

House passes legislative fix to help save Pa.'s horse breeding program
Legislation to address an unintended consequence of a law enacted earlier this year to modernize the state's horse racing industry that has held up more than $6 million in payouts to winning thoroughbred horse breeders and owners won House passage on Monday.... - Harrisburg Patriot-News

 

10-18-2016

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs
10/18/16, 9:30 a.m., Hearing Room 1 North Office Building
 By Andreas Dienner, Pennsylvania Legislative Services  Christian Herr, Executive Vice President, Penn Ag Industries
 Joel Rotz, Senior Director State Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
 Brenda Shambaugh, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts
 Richard Roush, Dean, Penn State College of Ag Sciences
 John Brosious, Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association
 Michael J. McCloskey, CEO, Select Milk Producers
 [m]Chairman Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Chairman Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), Minority Chairman John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chairman Judy Schwank (D-Berks), and Senators Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango), Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), and Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin). 

 

10-18-2016

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy
10/18/16, 9:30 a.m., Hearing Room 1 North Office Building
 By Andreas Dienner, Pennsylvania Legislative Services  Christian Herr, Executive Vice President, Penn Ag Industries
 Joel Rotz, Senior Director State Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
 Brenda Shambaugh, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts
 Richard Roush, Dean, Penn State College of Ag Sciences
 John Brosious, Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association
 Michael J. McCloskey, CEO, Select Milk Producers
 [m]Chairman Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Chairman Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), Minority Chairman John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chairman Judy Schwank (D-Berks), and Senators Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango), Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), and Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin). 

 

10-17-2016

USDA - Weekly Crop Progress & Condition for the Week Ending October 16, 2016
  (Press Release)

 

10-17-2016

Lehigh County farm tour offers demonstrations, products, family activities
WEISENBERG TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County — Thelma Seidel has a clear memory of the first year she and her husband, Richard, opened their Lyon Creek Farm in Weisenberg Township to the public for the Lehigh County Open Gate Farm Tour about a decade ago. "The first time we did it, I was worried no one would show up," she said.... - Allentown Morning Call

 

10-17-2016

Yields up, commodity prices lower
LEWISBURG — Three years of record or near-record corn yields have led to reduced producer prices and lower net pay for farmers. Dave Swartz, Penn State Extension Office director for Dauphin, Carlisle and New Bloomfield, told a Friday gathering that Pennsylvania’s corn yield last year was... - Milton Standard

 

10-16-2016

Letter to the Editor: Pennsylvania can help to clean bay by embracing private-sector solution
With so much talk about the possible creation of Growing Greener III and the need for Pennsylvania to do its part in cleaning the Chesapeake Bay, lawmakers have a perfect opportunity to do both at a significant discount. All they have to do is to embrace private-sector solutions such as... - Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

 

10-16-2016

Great pumpkins? Depends on which farm you're at
Hot weather this year resulted in smaller pumpkins for some farmers, but that wasn’t the case for Roba Family Farms in North Abington Twp. and Burger’s Farm in Drums. John Roba, owner of Roba Family Farms, said this year’s pumpkins were probably the biggest and the best crops he ever saw.... - Scranton Times

 

10-14-2016

PA Agriculture Department Now Accepting Applications for Farm Succession...
  (Press Release)

 

10-14-2016

Philadelphia port gets first beef from Brazil since a ban between nations was dropped
Where's the beef? Well, now it's coming from Brazil. The first 57,000 pounds of fresh and frozen beef from the city of Campo Grande will arrive early Friday at the Port of Philadelphia. After more than a decade of negotiations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and... - Philadelphia Inquirer

 

10-13-2016

Northeastern Region Crop Production Report
  (Press Release)

 

10-13-2016

USDA designates Centre County as drought disaster area
Centre County has been designated as a drought disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Additional help is available to farmers after a summer of hot and dry weather “devastated crops across the commonwealth,” according to a press release from the state Department of Agriculture.... - State College Centre Daily Times

 

10-11-2016

State extends spotted lanternfly quarantine into Montgomery County
A quarantine meant to isolate and destroy a new invasive species of insect has been extended to include three western Montgomery County townships. Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Frederick and Marlborough townships have been added to an expanded quarantine order announced by the Pennsylvania Department of... - Norristown Times Herald

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