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For Melissa Whitenight, Milking Time Is Family Time

More than 10 years ago, Jeff and Melissa Whitenight’s son raised a Jersey cow for a 4-H project. Afterwards, the Whitenights decided to keep her as a family milk cow, and they bought Sawyer another Jersey for another 4-H project. Read more

Apples Are Appealing at Champlain Orchards

Bill Suhr and his wife Andrea Scott own and operate Champlain Orchards, which not only raises 300 acres of tree fruit including more than 100 apple varieties, but does so with a goal of being the Northeast’s most ecologically managed grower. Read more

Humans Can Spread Swine Fever, or Stop It Cold

EAST EARL, Pa. — African swine fever can be spread by ticks and wild boars, but if it shows up in Pennsylvania, it will probably be because… Read more

Veteran Invests in the Spirit of Agriculture

Local grain can be the missing link for craft distillers aiming for a truly made-in-Pennsylvania whiskey. At Eight Oaks Distillery, Chad Butters solved that problem by growing the grains himself. Read more

Advice From a Conservation-Minded Farmer

“Conservation plan” is not an official term. For the purposes of this discussion, we define a conservation plan as a set of documents that includes either a nutrient management plan or a manure management plan — but not both — plus an agricultural erosion and sedimentation control plan. Read more

Pest Warnings, Apple Trials Featured at Twilight Meeting

Frederick County is under a spotted lanternfly quarantine, but this invasive bug has yet to be seen in the commercial tree fruit production area of the county. Read more

Perry County Teen Shows Grand Champ

Summer Gsell, an eighth-grader in the Greenwood School District, recently took several top honors at the Perry County Fair with her steer, Mudball. Read more

Now Is The Time...

Soil erosion by water is still the major source of soil degradation in the world, in the United States, and in Pennsylvania. Read more

Top Tips for Corn Silage Harvest

Joe Lawrence, dairy forage systems specialist with Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science, presented “Corn Silage Harvest Strategy: One Chance to Get it Right” during Empire Farm Days held Aug. 6-8. Read more

4-H & FFA Member Dedicated to Dairy

Elizabeth Nichols won second place in the youth dairy cattle show, sixth place in the open dairy cattle show, fifth place in dairy cattle showmanship, third in individual FFA livestock judging, and second as part of her FFA team at the New York State Fair. Read more