Agriculture

Mifflin County Dairy Club holds monthly meeting

LEWISTOWN — On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Mifflin County dairy club held its annual meeting of the month. During the meeting, we did the Hoard’s Dairymen judging contest. We also played bingo. The Mifflin County Dairy bowl team also did a great job representing Mifflin County at the ...

Company to purchase, re-open Mifflin County dairy facility

BELLEVILLE — Atlanta based Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. has an agreement in principle with Kerfam Inc. to purchase the former Dean Foods Fairmont Products facility in Belleville. This Dean Foods facility was a dairy processor that served the mid-Atlantic region and had annual revenues ...

REAP Tax credits available to farmers for conservation and nutrient plans

HARRISBURG — With more and more farmers interested in protecting and improving local water quality, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminded producers of a tax credit program that can help them develop plans and install measures that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff. Farmers can ...

Master Gardeners to host gardening school

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State Extension’s Centre County Master Gardeners will host a Home Gardening School from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the Forest Resources Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The Home Gardening School will feature a full day of ...

AROUND THE VALLEY

Become a Juniata County Dairy Princess MIFFLINTOWN — The Juniata County Dairy Promotion Committee is seeking members to serve on the 2017-2018 Juniata County Dairy Princess Court. Candidates must be a resident of Juniata County, connected somehow to the dairy industry and have a desire to ...

From the sale barn

Market report from Belleville sales on March 1 BELLEVILLE — Here is the break down from the Belleville sale: ¯ Dairy cows good — $1,100 to $1,400 per head ¯ Dairy cows #2 — $750 to $1,000 per head ¯ Bred heifers #1 — $1,075 to $1,350 per head ¯ Bred heifers #2 — $850 to ...

Trump orders a redo on WOTUS

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider their controversial Waters of the U.S. rule and narrowly interpret their jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Trump signed the order this ...

Easier land transfer to the next generation

DES MOINES — Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam today announced that beginning Jan. 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program contracts, making it easier to transfer property to the next ...

No change to feedstock flexibility program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation announced that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in fiscal year 2017. Federal law allows sugar processors to obtain loans from USDA with maturities of up to nine ...

Food safety management act website workshops

UNIVERSITY PARK — Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal-feed producers striving to navigate the federal Food Safety Modernization Act now have new educational resources to help them determine what their farms and businesses must do to comply with new regulations. Penn State ...