Charlene Shupp Espenshade


Charlene Shupp Espenshade is the former special sections editor at Lancaster Farming.

2018's rain was challenging for farmers from the start of the growing season until its bitter end a few weeks ago. Crop farmers struggled with quality issues, and livestock producers are dealing with less than ideal crops for their herds.

My last “official” day on the staff of Lancaster Farming was Dec. 10. In the weeks leading up to this day, I spent countless hours trying to figure out how to say thank you.

Transferring a farm from one generation to the next is no easy task. That’s partly because farms include costly capital like land, buildings and machinery — and partly because the world doesn’t hit pause during the transition.

Changing consumer preferences and trade agreements will make waves in the U.S. dairy industry, and farmers will need to ride the ripples that make it to their doorsteps.

Dairy consultant Jack Britt thinks that many of the changes in the dairy industry will be in the technology realm, but the environment could exert the most disruptive force on the industry.

Over 32 years as a grain specialist at Penn State University, Greg Roth planted many seeds to help farmers earn a better living.

Fall might be harvest time, but wet weather and the resulting soft soil have turned the season into a waiting game for many farmers.

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