• Ditch With a Hitch: York Farmer Runs Into Trouble With Waters Rules

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    THOMASVILLE, Pa. — When Dean Bentzel dug a short ditch on his York County farm back in October, he thought he was restoring a stream and making land suitable for growing hay.

    Instead, he found himself in trouble with state and federal agencies, which said he had disturbed a wetland that is a w ...  Full Story

  • Better Feed Management Can Make a Cleaner Bay

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Feeding the least costly ration might not be the cheapest option. Although it might cost more per ton, a precisely designed diet can cost less per cow, according to Dan Ludwig, a grazing specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    And not only does a precise ...  Full Story

  • Prepping for Planting? Focus on Practices That Pay

    Charlene Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

    GRANTVILLE, Pa. — Snow might be on the ground and winter still in full swing, but planting season is just around the corner.

    And this year, corn growers and consultants are adjusting crop management plans because prices have dropped.

    “Every year is a new adventure,” said Greg Roth, ...  Full Story

  • Paired With Nutrition, Farm Programs Have a Future

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    LEBANON, Pa. — The 2014 Farm Bill was so hard to pass, some people fear it will be the last one.

    At least one ag policy scholar thinks otherwise.

    “Is this the last Farm Bill? No. Not as long as the food programs and nutrition programs are in it,” said Barry Flinchbaugh, a York na ...  Full Story

  • Intertwining Agriculture and Art

    Leon Thompson Vt. Correspondent

    BURLINGTON, Vt. — Nancy Hayden filled many roles during the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont’s (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference, on Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 14-16.

    Hayden has attended NOFA-VT’s annual gathering for 22 of its 33 years — as a farmer, work ...  Full Story

  • Thurman Maple Sugar Party for a Good Cause

    Paul Post N.Y. Correspondent

    One of the Lake George, N.Y., region’s longest-running fun family activities is on tap again this year — the Thurman Maple Sugar Party, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 14, at Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Road.

    The community-wide event started in the 1930s, at Athol Methodist Church, to rai ...  Full Story

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