Scattered Acres Inc. is literally scattered. The incorporated farm has multiple properties with animals and crops spread out in seven townships within two counties, Berks and Lancaster. Brothers Ed, David and Paul Hartman have owned and managed Scattered Acres since 1980. Read more

One year ago in April, I was invited to give a lecture to a delegation visiting the University of Maryland from Taiwan on dairying in Maryland. This was followed with a farm visit to Glamourview Farm to observe new precision dairy technology. As a result of those interactions, I received an … Read more

Jessica Peters has dairy farming in her blood. The Pennsylvania farm girl grew up on the same Meadville dairy farm, Spruce Row, that she now co-owns with her parents and younger brother. Peters is a 2007 Penn State animal science major who was focused on the veterinarian track, but life had other plans. Read more

Dirty cows usually mean a dirty tail and dirty tails can come from dirty stalls. Long tails are here to stay since the ban of tail docking. But thankfully, managing manure for cow hygiene is more automated than it’s ever been. Read more

For the past 18 years, Kevin and Beth Myers have worked closely with Kevin’s parents, Kenneth and Martha, to successfully transition the family farm, Myra-Brek Farm. The younger Myerses purchased the dairy herd in 2001 and the farm in 2003. Their next goal is to finish paying off the farm. In the meantime, the family was selected as a Dairy of Distinction farm. Read more

Goat farmer and cheese maker Peter Demchur and his wife, Jeanne LeVasseur, raise Nubian goats, a breed whose milk is noted for its high butter fat content, which is perfect for the onsite cheese-making facility. Their farm was honored with a Dairy of Distinction award. Read more

Grafton County Farm, located along the Connecticut River, is home to a registered Holstein herd and is the last vestige of a New England idea to assist the county’s poor, disabled and jail inmates. Read more

Last year in June, we invited all dairy farm families from within the commonwealth to participate in a survey to help identify the needs and trends of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. The survey was part of the larger Pennsylvania Dairy Study that looked at all aspects of our dairy industry. T… Read more

If you are involved in agriculture it is impossible not to recognize the terrible couple of weeks dairy has had here in March. Read more

LA CROSSE, Wis. — At its recent annual meeting, Organic Valley announced that business grew more than 4 percent in 2017, with gross sales exceeding $1.1 billion for the second year in a row. However, the cooperative posted its first financial loss in 20 years. Read more

There is a lot of unrest in the dairy industry today. Many farmers are trying to figure out what to do. Should they double down and leverage more of their assets to keep going? Should they disperse the dairy and transition to crops or beef cattle? Should they sell everything and move to anot… Read more

The Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Beef Excellence are working in partnership with local conservation districts and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to support and conduct workshops helping dairy and beef farmers write agriculture erosion and sediment control plans and manure management plans. Read more