• Dairy Goat Breeder Succeeds at 'Laid-Back' Farm Show

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    DOVER, Pa. — A birthday present over 20 years ago restarted Janice Kessler’s love for dairy goats, a passion that has brought her considerable success at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

    Kessler’s goats took first place or grand champion in every category in the Farm Show’s open ...  Full Story

  • Seeding, Soil Density Affect Corn Productivity

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    LEESPORT, Pa. — Farmers like to blame the seed when their corn does not meet expectations, but evidence from the field may point a lot of fingers back at the farmer.

    “About 98 percent of the time it’s not the seed,” Missy Bauer of Michigan-based B&M Crop Consulting told ...  Full Story

  • Preparation Propels Poultry Projects

    Philip Gruber Staff Writer

    LANCASTER, Pa. — If you are going to sink half a million dollars into a poultry house, you might as well do what you can to make sure it gets built.

    Greg Martin, a Penn State Extension educator, and Bert Nye of Red Barn Consulting talked about the expansion process Monday during a poultry mee ...  Full Story

  • Proper Equipment Maintenance Reduces Mastitis Risk

    Jessica Rose Spangler Reporter

    LEBANON, Pa. — Veterinarian Roger Thomson asked a group of dairy farmers gathered at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center if they enjoyed treating mastitis. Not surprisingly, not one raised a hand.

    While mastitis is something every dairy producer has to deal with from time to time, Thomson would ra ...  Full Story

  • Fruit and Vegetable Grower Turns to Wreath-Making

    Tabitha Goodling Central Pa. Correspondent

    SUNBURY, Pa. — During the months of November and December, a Snyder County, Pa., produce grower is working with a different type of greens.

    Alma Martin of Sunbury, Pa., needed a winter job four years ago. During the warm months of the year, she grows strawberries, raspberries, green beans and ...  Full Story

  • Sand Tarts a Regional Holiday Treat

    Sue Bowman Southeastern Pa. Correspondent

    LEBANON, Pa. — If you think your holiday season is hectic, then you wouldn’t want to trade places with Louise Heffelfinger of Bethel Township, Lebanon County, Pa. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, she and her helpers will turn out roughly 18,000 of a delicious holiday delica ...  Full Story

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