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The guides offer information on more than 100 state fairs including the dates and locations.
April 10, 2014

The 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, featuring numerous family friendly travel destinations across the commonwealth, is now available in print and online. “Pennsylvania fairs offer top-notch competition, big-name entertainment, tasty food and fun rides and games,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “I encourage every Pennsylvanian to find time this summer to visit any of our 109 county and community fairs.”

The All-American features 23 shows in six days, including four full days dedicated to youth activities and nearly 2,800 animals from more than 1,200 exhibitors from across North America. (
April 9, 2014

The 51st All-American Dairy Show is Sept. 13-18 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. The All-American features 23 shows in six days, including four full days dedicated to youth activities and nearly 2,800 animals from more than 1,200 exhibitors from across North America.

March 27, 2014

PSU cooperative extension programs doubled last year. January is prime prep time for Central Pennsylvania farmers. There's field planting to plan and repairs to equipment and facilities. And it's time to look at the finances to ensure dairy farmers are maximizing their business potential, said staff at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carlisle.

March 20, 2014

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is celebrating two milestones in 2014. This year marks the 110th anniversary for the association and the 60th year of its Honey Queen program.

State 4-H President Nathan Repetz and State FFA President Christopher Toevs
March 20, 2014

Cumberland County is currently home to the 2013-2014 State 4-H President Nathan Repetz and State FFA President Christopher Toevs. Both officer positions represent outstanding accomplishments in leadership, citizenship, and responsibility.

March 18, 2014

Now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer.

Farmers who want to sell products at the service plaza farmers markets should contact Samantha Snyder at or call 717-787-1429. (
March 13, 2014

The Ag Dept. is seeking producers to market local products on the Turnpike. Farmers who want to sell their locally-grown products at farmers markets along the state’s busiest highway can apply to be part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Plaza Farmers Market program.

Instead of a plain field, why not include a sign to tell neighbors that it's farmed by a family?
March 4, 2014

While traveling last fall through a rural area, every several miles along the highway, there were temporary signs that said, "Harvest in Progress, Watch for Slow Moving Vehicles." What a good reminder for our non-farming neighbors that there are farms in the area and what to expect.

Dairy profitability educator, Heather Weeks, will speak about calculating heifer costs on your farm. (
February 27, 2014

Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team is offering a second series of “Tools for Teams” webinars designed for members of dairy advisory teams to provide in-depth information on using whole farm and management tools

This farmland preservation program began in 1988
February 20, 2014

Preservation board approves $30 million investment in saving farmland. Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 2,359 additional acres on 26 farms in 13 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program.

February 19, 2014

Try the bean and rice burritos for a delicious meal!

February 19, 2014

The New Year is a time for many opportunities. Taking a look at our family’s food choices is a great beginning to a new year. Do you fill half of your lunch and dinner plates with fruits and vegetables? If yes, great! If no, then think about why not.

February 10, 2014

The 4-H office has Giant "Cash for Causes" Gift Cards you can purchase for their valued price; and use just like cash, when paying for items at the local Giant Food Store. If your family shops at any Giant Food Store, this is for you!

The DASH eating plan is rich in fruits and vegetables
February 7, 2014

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.

"An investment in agriculture is an investment in our future," said Corbett. (
February 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Penn. — Governor Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal makes important investments to the Department of Agriculture and the economy-driving agriculture industry.

Photo: Paul Caroll / Flickr / Creative Commons
January 29, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Frigid winter temperatures might prompt homeowners, farmers and others to help heat houses, occupied outbuildings or other structures with kerosene or propane space heaters. But without proper precautions, that could be a fatal mistake, according to safety experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Calves are the perfect felfie partner for Rebecca Schlehlein of Wisconsin. Photograph: Rebecca Schlehlein
January 15, 2014

Yes, farmers love taking selfies with their animals, but the real benefit is engagement between food producers and consumers. In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year was "selfie". Their official definition was "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." My personal definition of the word is: photos my younger cousins take while looking like ducks sitting in cars are posting on Instagram all the time.

January 13, 2014

A disconnect exists between society and agriculture, which experts say is rooted in a lack of appreciation for what it takes to bring food from the farm to the fork. One result of that disconnect has been fewer young people entering farming at a time when the average age of a principal operator in Cumberland County is 54, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Harrisburg.

January 13, 2014

Sherisa Nailor is not one to sugar coat the risks and rewards associated with the around-the-clock demands of farming in the 21st century. A teacher at Big Spring High School, she is straight forward with students enrolled in agriculture education classes and the local FFA chapter.

Taylor Gilmore of Dillsburg talks about the lion head rabbit. (Dan Marschka
January 10, 2014

When you think about the Pennsylvania Farm Show, certain animals immediately come to mind. Cattle. Pigs. Sheep. Goats. No question, they are the backbone of the annual celebration of our farming way of life. And specimens deemed to be best in class at the Farm Show are applauded and festooned with banners.