• Bringing Balance to Crop, Soil Systems

    Carolyn N. Moyer Northern Pa. Correspondent

    TROY, Pa. — Howard Vlieger, a long-time student of the soil, asked attendees at a the recent Pennsylvania Assocation for Sustainable Agriculture field day, “How many of you in this room are livestock farmers?”

    Only half raised their hands. “I hope by the end of the day you re ...  Full Story

  • Schuylkill Farmers Fight Proposed Pipeline

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    PITMAN, Pa. — Schuylkill County farmers are joining the opposition to a 180-mile natural gas pipeline planned to run from the Marcellus shale region to Lancaster County.

    Meanwhile, other farmers say that the pipeline will deliver needed energy to heat homes and power farms.

    The Hepler family, ...  Full Story

  • NRCS Water Program Builds Private Partnerships

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    A new Farm Bill program will make it easier for private groups to get involved with farm projects that improve water quality.

    The Regional Conservation Partnership Program, or RCPP, “puts the partners absolutely in the driver’s seat,” said Jason Weller, chief of the USDA Natural R ...  Full Story

  • Sheep in the Spotlight at Shepherd’s Symposium

    Brian Yearick Central Pa. Correspondent

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — “They work for us, we don’t work for them” is how Ben Williamson describes sheep flocks.

    Williamson, Penn State animal science professor and livestock judging team coach, was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Shepherd’s Symposium o ...  Full Story

  • Seagoing Cowboys Hold a Roundup, Talk About Old Times

    Dick Wanner Reporter

    LITITZ, Pa. — Shortly after his 16th birthday in February 1946, LeRoy Petersheim got knocked over by a wave in the Atlantic Ocean and tumbled across the deck of the SS Clarksville Victory troop transport ship. Fortunately, he slid safely to a halt instead of going overboard into the drink. At ...  Full Story

  • Field Day Focuses on Soybean Seed Treatments, Herbicides

    Lisa Z. Leighton Central Pa. Correspondent

    NEW COLUMBIA, Pa. — About 40 people gathered last week at Joe Anchor Farms in New Columbia to take a look at the Penn State Extension research trials there.

    Sponsored by Penn State Extension, the Pennsylvania Soybean Board and Keystone Group Agricultural Seeds, the field day focused on barley ...  Full Story

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