• USDA Extends ARC, PLC Deadlines

    WASHINGTON — The USDA announced last week that it will provide farm owners and producers one additional week to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill.

    The final day to update yield history or reallocate base ...  Full Story

  • Former Dairy Director Strengthens Cooperative in Ghana

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    COLUMBIA, Pa. — Pennsylvania farmers know cooperatives as mature and often huge agribusinesses. Co-ops are popular in Africa, too, but there the concept is just taking off.

    A Lancaster County dairy industry retiree recently visited Ghana to help one of these cooperatives make sense of itself ...  Full Story

  • Heritage Bird Varieties Offer Easter Tweet for Backyard Coops

    Michelle Kunjappu Reporter

    LEOLA, Pa. — The tiny chicks pecking their way out of eggs this spring may answer to such breed names as Belgian d’Uccle, Blue Double Laced Barnevelder or Chocolate Orpington. Yet, as far-flung as their names sound, their homes are in this country and they were likely hatched in Lancaste ...  Full Story

  • Tobacco Growers Ponder Pest Problems

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    QUARRYVILLE, Pa. — Insects, fungi, weeds and worker illnesses can all put a dent in a tobacco farmer’s productivity.

    Growers packed the Hoffman Building on the Solanco Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning to learn how to fight those pest problems.

    The meeting was one of several held around the ...  Full Story

  • Siblings Sharpen Showing Abilities at National Levels

    Rebecca Pizmoht Virginia Correspondent

    MADISON, Va. — It all started with “Caramel.” In 2002, 5-year-old Courtney Durrer showed a Jersey heifer calf in the bottle babies class at the Greene County Fair in Stanardsville, Va. The calf, Caramel, was one that Lee Durrer had picked out for his daughter, Courtney, and it igni ...  Full Story

  • The Not-So-Humble Potato

    Sue Bowman Southeastern Pa. Correspondent

    LEBANON, Pa. — Whether baked, boiled or fried, any way you make them, potatoes are a perennial favorite on the dinner table. Recently, Debbie Hartman, instructor for the Cooking Institute at the Penn State Extension in Lebanon County, Pa., presented tasty ideas for using the humble, ho-hum pot ...  Full Story

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