Lancaster Farming - Poultry Newsletter

The latest in Poultry News

Chicken Company to Aid Organic Transition

Bell & Evans will soon offer contracts that pay farmers a premium for grain produced during the three-year transition to organic, and then pay organic prices for seven years after the farm is certified. Read more

Bell & Evans Introduces Transitional & Long-term Organic Grain Contracts to PA Farmers

Bell & Evans Organic Grain Initiative will offer farmers financial assistance during and after the organic land conversion by way of contracted premium pricing for transitional grains and long-term contracts up to 10 years for organic-certified grains after the three-year transitional period. Read more

Chicken Rental Adds New Revenue

In 2013, Phil Tompkins and wife, Jenn, co-founded Rent The Chicken at their home in Freeport, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Read more

Ag Department & Rodale Partner to Improve Access to Organic Services

Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding joined Rodale Institute and other stakeholders June 12 at Jaindl Farms in Lehigh County to announce a new consulting service for producers transitioning to organic, and to highlight the resources available for organic agriculture in the proposed PA Farm Bill. Read more

Delmarva Poultry Industry Encourages Farmers to Plant Wildflowers

The Delmarva Poultry Industry has expanded its vegetative buffer program to help farmers plant wildflowers and other plants designed to attract pollinators like bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Read more

Spring Chicken: Southern Maryland’s New Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Soon Available

“We are excited to offer this MPU to producers in the five southern Maryland counties,” said Lisa Barge, the agriculture marketing and development manager for the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. “We are confident this unit will save time and money, and allow producers to raise and process more poultry and also provide a better product to consumers.” Read more

A Rare Bird Lands in Lancaster to Talk About Poultry Health

Dr. Cori Steimling is a “rare bird,” according to Gregory Martin, a Penn State Extension poultry educator. Martin introduced the Gettysburg native to a May 8 poultry management and health seminar at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center. Read more

Pennsylvania Imposes Import Rules to Protect Poultry

Pennsylvania has imposed new requirements for importing poultry from California and Utah after a destructive disease outbreak in those states. Read more

Diversifying into Meat Chickens Requires Planning

Zac Williams, Ph.D. presented “Small Meat Chicken Production” as a webinar hosted by Michigan State University, where Williams serves as part of the poultry Extension in the Department of Animal Science. Read more

Pork Producers Cautioned on African Swine Fever

The New York Pork Producers hosted their annual meeting at the Pembroke Community Center on Jan. 26. Read more