September 29, 2016



 

Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance 

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September 29, 2016

 

Fall has arrived and as producers across the commonwealth have begun their harvests, organizations are promoting and sharing educational opportunities. Plan now to attend these outstanding events!

 

NRCS is offering an Advanced Soil Health Training on October 18 and 19 at the Ag Progress Days site. While originally planned for Conservation District, Extension Staff, and NRCS Staff, the invitation has been opened up to members of the PA No-Till Alliance. Registration is limited and closes on October 11, 2016. The cost is $30.00 to attend. See the attached flier for more information.

 

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!

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Ag Articles of Interest

09-29-2016

Dry spell leaves farmers looking for help
Farmers in Northumberland and Union counties who lost a certain amount of crops due to drought conditions may be eligible for an emergency federal loan, but the financial assistance isn't being extended to Snyder County farmers. "I've spoken to quite a few farmers and elected supervisors, and it truly... - Sunbury Daily Item

 

09-27-2016

Tom Vilsack’s lonely fight for a ‘forgotten’ rural America
UNNATURAL CAUSES: SICK AND DYING IN SMALL-TOWN AMERICA | Since the turn of this century, death rates have risen for whites in midlife, particularly women. In this series, The Washington Post is exploring this trend and the forces driving it. Late last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack strode into the Oval... - Washington Post

 

09-22-2016

County leaders asked to plan for invasive weed growing locally
Crawford County is being asked to look into developing a plan to control Japanese knotweed, an invasive weed that looks similar to bamboo. At Wednesday's weekly work session of Crawford County commissioners, Richard Curry of Meadville asked the county to study how to eliminate the... - Meadville Tribune

 

09-21-2016

LCB executive director chosen
The state Liquor Control Board's chief operating officer will take over as executive director Nov. 5, LCB officials said Tuesday. Charlie Mooney, 55, of Linglestown in Dauphin County assumes the $154,000-a-year post from John Metzger, who is retiring as executive... - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

 

09-21-2016

On the farm: Fall has fallen
It’s official. Fall has fallen. Bring it on! Fall is my favorite season. As the days of late summer grow shorter, the first signs of maturity begin showing up on corn, and bottom leaves start to fade from green to brown. Soybeans signal the impending maturity of the pods and their tiny beans in an opposite... - York Daily

 

09-20-2016

Agriculture officials, PSU urge caution as more U.S. avian flu found
Duck, duck, flu. It might sound like a kid’s game, but to people who deal with farmers and fowl, it’s no joke. On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued a warning. Two years after highly pathogenic avian flu left farmers and the poultry industry in egg-producing states scrambling to save their flocks, a new... - State College Centre Daily Times

 

09-20-2016

Our local farms are a great resource
Your Sept. 16 Page One article, “Thinning out the herd,” told an important story about the stresses on dairy farmers locally and nationally. Pressures on family and local farms are significant across the board, but especially so for dairy farms, in part due to the price controls managed by... - Levittown Intelligencer

 

09-20-2016

Sen. Richard Alloway wants to reboot Growing Greener
HARRISBURG -- Legislation to revive Growing Greener is to be introduced soon in the Pennsylvania Senate. The program, whose previous versions have helped pay for local parks, would be a vital part of Pennsylvania’s effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. A proposal by Sen. Tom Killion, R-Middletown, would provide $315 million a... - Chambersburg Public Opinion

 

09-19-2016

PA Growing Greener Coalition Unveils Blueprint for Growing Greener III Program
  (Press Release)

 

09-18-2016

Struggling corn farmers seek answers to price drop
Pale green, 8-feet-tall, tightly packed corn stalks reach to the horizon throughout the Midwest in what is likely to be the biggest harvest the United States has ever seen... - AP

 

09-18-2016

Smithton-area farmers honored for anti-erosion efforts
Jason Stahl and his father, Duane, have grown their beef cattle herd from about 30 to 100 head. But the bovines were starting to strain the limits of the 160-acre family farm near Smithton. “We kept wanting to get more cows, but we started running into problems,” Jason said. “We had nowhere to put all the cows, and... - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

 

09-16-2016

Rodale names chief operating officer
EMMAUS — After a three-year search, Rodale Inc. has hired a chief operating officer. Beth Buehler has been chosen for the newly created role at the Emmaus-based health and fitness publisher, according to a news release. Buehler, who has been with Rodale since 2013, had been senior vice... - Allentown Morning Call

 

09-16-2016

'We need rain ... bad'; Lack of rain becoming a concern
As the Susquehanna River drops to levels not seen in decades, and with very little rain in the forecast, environmentalists and agricultural experts are worried about a potentially widespread negative impact on late season crop harvesting and a shortening of the touris-tattracting leaf-peeping season.... - Sunbury Daily Item

 

09-15-2016

Bayer agrees to buy Monsanto in $66 billion deal that could reshape agriculture
Seed and chemical giants Bayer and Monsanto said Wednesday that they will merge to become one of the world’s biggest agriculture giants, a $66 billion mega-deal that could reshape the future of farming and enhance their influence over the planet’s food supply.... - Washington Post

 

09-15-2016

Group targets Lancaster County farmers for pollution, farm aid
Farm-rich Lancaster County is the biggest polluter of the Chesapeake Bay among 42 Pennsylvania counties, and the federal government should target agricultural runoff here if it wants to solve the problem, a top environmental group says. - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

 

09-14-2016

USDA: Northeastern Region Crop Production Report
  (Press Release)

 

09-14-2016

Lancaster legislator wants to ban cows from streams in Pennsylvania
The sight of cows cooling off in a stream on a hot summer day used to be regarded as a harmless scene of pastoral farm life in Pennsylvania. - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

 

09-14-2016

Chesapeake Bay Foundation calls for $20 million in farm remediation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has come out with a price tag on the federal funding needed to kick-start Pennsylvania’s flagging water quality improvement efforts—$20 million. Specifically, an extra $20 million to the five south-central Pennsylvania counties – including Cumberland—that generate the highest... - Carlisle Sentinel

 

09-13-2016

Majority of Conservation Districts in Bay Watershed Agree to Work with DEP to...
  (Press Release)

 

09-13-2016

Agrium and Potash Corp. to Merge, Creating Fertilizer Giant
Some farm groups have raised concerns about the effect of a merger of Agrium and Potash on fertilizer prices. Yet there has been little public outcry since the two companies said on Aug. 30 that they were in talks. “I don’t think the rank-and-file farmers are excited” about the... - New York Times

 

09-12-2016

Women take larger roles in agriculture
On spring mornings, Terri Fetterolf rises before the sun and treks from her farmhouse to the barn to see if any of her sheep have gone into labor. The pregnant sheep typically give birth between 5 and 10 a.m., and a sheep in labor needs to be checked every few hours. Once the lambs are born,... - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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