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Agriculture

Farmers risk loss of federal payments from shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to ...

Farmers’ winter meeting planned in Snyder County

MIDDLEBURG — The Snyder County Conservation District along with AgChoice Farm Credit, Hoover Tractor, Kantz and Steininger Committee, Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, Perdue AgriBusiness, RHP Law Group LLC, Seed Consultants Inc. and Sunbury Motor Company, will host an agricultural winter meeting ...

Juniata County Farm Bureau December report

Hello and welcome to the last Farm Bureau Report of 2018! It’s been a challenging year, so here’s to a better 2019! Congratulations to Doug Kline for being appointed to serve as a director on the Juniata County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors, representing Fayette, Monroe, Susquehanna ...

Goss named volunteer of the year

LEWISTOWN - On Oct. 18, 2018, at the Pennsylvania 4-H Educators and Staff Meeting in State College, a Mifflin County 4-H volunteer was named the 2018 PA 4-H Volunteer of the Year. Tina Goss has been a volunteer with the Mifflin County 4-H for the last four years, but has been involved with ...

Trees: From heat to garden

A familiar sight and smell have returned to the Juniata Valley. Depending on the weather next spring, it will be here until almost April. I’m writing about chimney smoke. Many Pennsylvanians rely on wood to heat their homes through the winter months. It is not uncommon to see homes with ...

Snyder County celebrates 4-H

KREAMER—Volunteers and members of the Snyder County 4-H program gathered Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, for the annual 4-H Celebration to recognize those who completed and had projects judged and participated in activities and events held during the 2017-2018 program year. A number of annual awards ...

Clark to serve as coordinator of ag education excellence committee

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Education recently announced that they have selected Dr. Robert Clark to serve as commission coordinator of the recently created Commission for Agricultural Education Excellence, a commission charged with assisting in the ...

Mackneer honored as 2018 Junior Fair Person of the Year

At the 2018 Mifflin County Youth Fair opening ceremony, Tyler Mackneer was named the 2018 Junior Fair Person of the Year for Mifflin County. His passion for agriculture began with 4-H and later lead to his involvement in both 4-H and FFA. Mackneer participated in the Mifflin County Youth ...

Extension to host Master Gardener training classes

Master Gardeners are volunteers who receive special training from the Penn State Extension in horticulture and all aspects of gardening. They support the Penn State Cooperative Extension in helping educate the public in many different ways to help them improve their home environment. During ...