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Agriculture

4-H to resume in person activity in 2021

LEWISTOWN—2020 has been anything but a typical year for a lot of clubs and organizations across the country. For the Mifflin County 4-H group that was also the case. When COVID-19 forced the group to stop all in person actvites, they ended up going into a holding pattern. The club shut down ...

Utah scientists get dirty to save threatened cactus species

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Blake Wellard holds a middle-aged cactus in his hand, its long tendrilous roots dangling a foot and a half below the clod of desert dirt in which they are, purposefully, still enmeshed. The freelance botanist, as Wellard calls himself, knows that having these delicate ...

Community will be able to virtually attend farm fun

From staff reports Consumers will have the opportunity to visit a local dairy farm without ever leaving the couch. Juniata County’s Reinford Farms is the next stop on American Dairy Association North East’s “Fun on the Farm” series, airing on Facebook Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 ...

An effort to save South’s shrinking grasslands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for decades began to spring to life. The area ...

Cornerstone of HOPE sows seeds to fight hunger

Dave Thomas works in his garden Aug. 11, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. Thomas, of Janesville’s Cornerstone of Hope, works to bring people and fresh vegetables together through a program called Produce for Pantries. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP) Dave Thomas shows off a handful of ...

“Friends of Fair” announced

Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show is proud to announce the recipients of the Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show 2020 “Friend of Fair” award. Wilson and Nancy Goss were among the nominations and the Open Show Committee chose the Goss’, aware that Wilson passed away ...

New breed of growers tout resurgence of Hemp

BEECHER, Ill.— In early 2019, Rachael and Jesse Smedberg took a leap of faith and bought a corn farm in Beecher. A corn silo remains on the 65-acre property that is now Tulip Tree Gardens and Wellness Farm, but corn is no longer grown there. Instead, the Smedbergs operate a boutique-style ...

Local volunteers to hold livestock show and sale

PORT ROYAL—After finding out that the 4-H youth fair was canceled due to COVID-19, a group of volunteers are looking to put on a show of their own. The smaller version of the fair is called the Juniata County Youth Livestock Show and Sale, will be held at the Juniata County Fairgrounds. The ...