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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.

Bacon Bundle is the hot item at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (Debbie Flaum)
January 8, 2014

For the first time in history, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is serving up pork in a new form. Leave it up to the Bacon Boys, Sam Malis and Ryan Herr, both 19 and of Camp Hill, to explain the phenomenon. "They love the bacon," Malis said. "People of all ages love it."

Dewey Shaffer, Ellen Westbrook, Irvin Shaffer, Melvin Shaffer and Galin Westbrook Jr., all of Cumberland County, won first prize for 4-H County Ayrshire at the 1950 Pennsylvania Farm Show. (Cumberland County Historical Society)
January 7, 2014

Fans gathered by the thousands around the 20-acre field to watch the best farmers in Pennsylvania dig up the dirt on the competition.

January 3, 2014

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will use about 14,000 gallons of milk products to make its popular milkshakes at the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year. David Smith, executive director of the organization, said that is almost three trailer loads of milk during the nine-day event.

December 23, 2013

When winter manure application must be done, livestock producers need to be aware of and follow the winter manure spreading criteria identified in the Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual.

December 10, 2013

University Park, Pa. — Pennsylvania 4-H will increase its annual fee for the program to $20 from $10, beginning Oct. 1, 2013. The increase — the first in 10 years — will offset rising costs of 4-H curricula development, project offerings and project books, leader guides, officer books and other program support

December 9, 2013

Once you’ve purchased your fresh tree for the holiday season, you need to maintain its freshness. Here are some tips to keep your cut holiday tree fresh and safe throughout this festive season

December 3, 2013

It’s time to choose the perfect fresh Christmas tree for the holidays. Penn State experts recommend checking the tree carefully before purchasing and taking good care of it after you get it home. The most popular species today are Fraser fir and Douglas fir, and with good reason. Both offer dark green color, needles soft to the touch, that classic “Christmas tree” fragrance, attractive shape, sturdy branches, and excellent needle retention. A tree that holds its needles well means less of a mess in the living room. There are also other varieties of Christmas trees offering different characteristics available at both “choose and cut” tree farms and ready-cut lots.

December 3, 2013

One of our nicest winter holiday traditions is decorating with fresh greenery. Evergreens such as cedar, ivy, pine and holly add a natural look and fresh fragrance to our homes; for many, they represent life everlasting and the coming renewal of spring. Your own landscape is a great place to look for holiday greenery. You may have a variety of materials unavailable at a store, and what you gather will be much fresher. Just remember that you are actually pruning the plants as you gather greenery, so consider carefully which branches you can trim to preserve the natural form of the tree or shrub.

December 2, 2013

Most livestock producers would prefer to spread manure on their fields in spring and summer when the crops are going to get the most use out of it. However, there are circumstances when manure has to be applied in the winter, such as wet fall weather that kept field conditions unsuitable for manure application and the lack of a large enough storage structure to hold the manure until spring.

November 21, 2013

As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a favorite.

District Director, Dave Swartz & Board President Barb Gleim present the AA Raudabaugh award to Susan Skender
November 18, 2013

Penn State Extension celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Master Gardener program in Cumberland County Thursday night at their annual meeting.

November 18, 2013

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, there are 2.2 million farms in the United States. Of those, 63,000 are in Pennsylvania and 1,550 are in Cumberland County.

November 18, 2013

Dining with Diabetes is a program offered by Penn State Extension. It will help you to understand the important numbers for diabetes management, planning healthy meals, healthy food preparation and physical activity. This class meets for 5 weeks with a 6th class 3 months later. If you have been told you have Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, this class is for you!

Duane Duncan, center, led multiple youth workshops, including this harvesting workshop at the 1999 Cumberland County 4-H Ag Science Day Camp. (Lancaster Farming)
November 12, 2013

Ag honors Duane Duncans' 55 years of service culminate in hall of fame induction.

November 6, 2013

Make the most of your county’s Penn State Extension Office, from help with soil tests to participating in on-farm research.

Produce on display at Warren Farmers Market.
November 5, 2013

Old is New...Act 106 changed the rules for vendors across the commonwealth

Joel Rotz, senior state director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, speaks during a farmers' breakfast hosted by state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, on Oct. 11 at Tom's Kitchen in Sugarloaf.
October 18, 2013

State issues such as transportation funding, the pension shortfall and property tax reform are all linked to farmers in some way, according to a lobbyist for the industry. Joel Rotz, senior state director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, told fellow farmers at a recent breakfast hosted by state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, that funding transportation and pensions takes state money away from agriculture.

September 27, 2013

Tragic Accident: 17-year-old boy died Wednesday harvesting corn in Lebanon County.