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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pennsylvania Dept. Of Agriculture News

Sept. 5, 2014

Message from George Greig
Secretary of Agriculture
When the storms Irene and Lee hit PA three years ago, many farmers experienced major setbacks. PDA and USDA secured crop insurance aid for those who needed it the most. Our risk mgm't tools worked, but I knew they could work better. When it came time for the country to prepare the 2014 Farm Bill, we talked with producers and crop insurance experts and worked with other state ag depts and our congressional delegation. We advocated for stronger provisions to benefit more farmers. We asked for streamlined policies and procedures to enhance crop insurance, and requested more flexibility in production recordkeeping requirm'ts. So when the new farm bill emerged, it placed an emphasis on risk mgm't, not on making direct payments to farmers. Four disaster programs were indefinitely extended, and now producers don't have to purchase crop insurance or NAP coverage to be eligible for disaster assistance. Best of all, we helped convince Washington D.C. that gov't-mandated dairy supply controls were not the way to go. We will have more details in the coming weeks on how we've helped improve crop insurance for PA.

Chester Co. Dairywoman Receives 2014 AADS 'Obie'
Jane Pepple of Oxford, Chester Co., is the winner of the 2014 Obie Snider Award, the top honor of the All-American Dairy Show. The award, established in memory of AADS founding father Obie Snider of Bedford County, recognizes an individual who places significant value in service to the industry and community and displays high standards of conduct. Pepple has volunteered at the AADS for more than 40 years.

Bradford Co. Extension Educator is Image Award Winner
Gary Hennip of Rome, Bradford County, is the 2014 AADS Image Award recipient. The Image Award is presented annually to an individual who has enhanced the AADS's image with significant contributions to its reputation, prestige and welfare. Longtime volunteer and current Guernsey Cattle Committee superintendent, Hennip also serves on several dairy profit teams as a dairy-focused Penn State Extension Educator.

Stallion Series, Sire Stakes Finals Showcase PA Racing
PA’s best harness horses will shine during the four days of finals action for the PA Stallion Series and PA Sire Stakes at all three harness race tracks. The finals begin tomorrow through Tuesday. The PA Sire Stakes and Stallion Series recognize offspring of stallions registered in PA, and horses enrolled in the programs compete through the season, earning pts. to secure a slot in the upcoming finals.

Learn from Industry Experts at KILE Ag Forum
Exhibitors and other producers at KILE can learn the latest on animal diseases, nutrition tips and marketing through a free ag forum Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4, during the show. Seminars focus on timely info for the region’s goat, hog and sheep breeders and provide insights that other producers can take home to their farms. Continuing ed credits are available for conservation planning for the Friday sessions.

Did You Know?
Did you know PA leads the nation in mushroom production with 69 mushroom farms producing both fresh market mushrooms and mushrooms for processing valued at nearly $480 million according to the 2011 census?

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