• Export Markets, Active Producers Vital to Keeping Beef Boom Going

    Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade, Special Sections Editor

    It is a boom time in the beef industry. Prices remain strong and the beef herd is showing signs of expansion.

    However, with all of those positives, beef producers need to continue to advocate policies and laws that will allow the good times to continue, according to the head of the National Cattleme ...  Full Story

  • Eight Family Members Add Up to One Hereford Farm Name

    Jessica Rose Spangler Reporter

    NEW ENTERPRISE, Pa. — A farm name can be the most important tool on a farm. It’s the marketing hook people see most often in ads, sale catalogs or even on the jacket you wear.

    It’s used on the farm sign greeting visitors to your operation. And the animals you breed often carry the ...  Full Story

  • Poultry Industry Urged to Step Up Biosecurity in Case of Bird Flu

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, working with the UDSA, other government agencies and the state's poultry industry, is taking proactive measures to strengthen the state's avian influenza surveillance program as an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, iden ...  Full Story

  • Hemp Bill Could Bring Versatile Crop Back to Pennsylvania

    Philip Gruber, Staff Writer

    A new bill in the state Senate aims to bring back a versatile crop that was once common in Pennsylvania.

    Growing hemp has been illegal in the United States since 1970, but the 2014 Farm Bill created an exception for universities to grow the plant for research.

    “I thought this was a great oppor ...  Full Story

  • An explanation of wild birds' role in avian flu outbreak

    Associated Press

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States. The H5N2 virus has cost Midwestern turkey and chicken producers more than 13 million birds since early March, including several new cases announced in Iowa and Min ...  Full Story

  • Not Your Average Farm Girl

    Tabitha Goodling, Central Pa. Correspondent

    BEAVER SPRINGS, Pa. — She is 16 years old, owns more than 30 of her own registered Lineback cattle, has a certification to inseminate, has won a variety of showmanship awards at county fairs as well as photography awards for agricultural photos, and she is a junior member of numerous agricultu ...  Full Story

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