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Saturday, September 27, 2014

News From PA Dept. of Agriculture

Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
Great things happen when we work together, and on Wednesday I witnessed dairy farmers, milk dealers, and food bank workers come together to get milk into the hands of hungry western Pennsylvanians. Yes, we already unveiled our pioneering milk distribution program in Harrisburg in June, and I’m proud to say it is successful – and growing. But our mission didn’t stop there, and we set our sights on helping western PA. Wednesday that assistance became a reality, when I stood in front of a milk cooler with Lisa Scales of the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Bill Schneider of Schneider’s Dairy, and an old friend of mine, Butler Co. farmer Richard Kind. They were anxious to help out 110,000 of their fellow western Pennsylvanians across 11 counties who use the food bank’s resources. One in eight Pennsylvanians face hunger. That is unacceptable. People from all walks of life can fall on hard times, and when I see them receiving a leg up from their neighbors, my faith is restored. Lisa, Bill and Richard are passionate about the program they kicked off, and their excitement rubbed off on me. We’re doing good work here in PA, and I’m proud that PDA is a part of it.

Harness Racing Whipping Standards Approved
The PA Harness Racing Commission imposed stricter standards to safeguard equine athletes from direct contact with whips during harness racing at the state’s tracks. Drivers must now use two hands on the reins at all times, which restricts motion of the whip to a flick of the wrist and forearm. Whips are normally used to strike the sides of the horse’s saddle pad, not the horse. This generates the “cracking” sound that encourages horses faster down the home stretch.
Berks Co.’s Ashley Mohn Named PA Dairy Princess Ashley Mohn of Womelsdorf, Berks County, was crowned the 58th PA Dairy Princess on Saturday, Sept. 20, after a three-day competition with 26 county dairy princesses. Two alternates were selected. First alternate is Carly Foose of Quarryville, Lancaster Co. and second alternate is Rachael Grosvenor, of Kingsley, Susquehanna Co. For the next year, the new state royalty team will represent PA’s dairy industry and its 7,400 dairy farm families. 

First of Fall Crop Insurance Deadlines is Sept. 30 Farmers can protect their crops from unpredictable Mother Nature with new and revised crop insurance options. Contact your local FSA office or find a crop insurance agent before the fall deadlines: Sept. 30 for fall-seeded grains and alfalfa-based forages, Nov. 15 for rainfall protection for pasture and hay, Nov. 20 for fruit and grapes (berries for the Non-insured crop Assistance Program), and Nov. 30 for all hay (area loss trigger).

KILE’s First-Weekend Activities Kick Off Tonight Jumper classes tonight preview six days of livestock and equine shows, sales and seminars. This weekend features expanded activities, including a trade show with tack vendors and feed companies and the open horse show tomorrow and Sunday, featuring simultaneous classes in the Equine Arena, Large Arena, and Equine Barn. The new double-header Keystone Classic Boer Goat Show will feature morning and afternoon points shows tomorrow.
Financial and Risk Mgm’t Conf on Dairy Developments
Lenders and other dairy financial pros learned about developments in the industry from the new Farm Bill and the changing global dairy industry during the Dairy Financial and Risk Mgm’t Conference in Summerdale, Cumberland Co. Sec. Greig welcomed attendees, providing an update from PDA and discussing the department’s Keeping PA Growing initiative and the PAgrows office that specializes in the financial needs of agribusinesses.

PA dairy farm families' cows produce 10.5 billion pounds of milk annually, which would be more than 19 billion cups of milk. That would be enough milk for each Pennsylvanian – and 90% of Marylanders – to consume their three-a-day dairy for a year.

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