Pennsylvania Dairy facing production challenges from other states increased production and locals factors.
Pennsylvania's national rank is being challenged by rapid increase in milk production in Michigan and Texas. Pennsylvania and the rest of the Northeast states are struggling to manage the region's milk supply due to holiday season, plants shut down for a break. With fluid milk consumption dropping, more milk is going toward dairy manufacturing than fluid milk bottling, which is adding downward pressure on local prices.
The differences could be of quality bonuses and hauling charges. To prevent global powder prices to collapse, there will be indicators controlling and monitoring the global powder prices. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has reach out to the state's congressional delegation in preparation for work on the next Farm Bill. Most important issues to be resolved is the Margin Protection Program for Dairy and as well as Environmental issues. The Center for Dairy Excellence is collaborating with county conservation districts and the state's Center for Beef Excellence to help farmers meet baseline environmental requirements for manure management, erosion and sediment plans. It has been a tough year for many farmers and by this problem, stress and depression levels are increasing. When financial high stress comes in, farmers seek help for a change in routine, mood, behavior, or appearance.
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Article of Lancaster Farming - The Farmer's choice
Did you know Perdue Farms and Md. Food Bank pack holidays meals for needy families? It is the fifth year, associates from Perdue Farms packed hundreds of holidays meals for families in need as part of the Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore's Pack to give Back local event, sponsored by Perdue Farms.
In the early month of December two separate meal packing events occured one at the food bank's facility in Salisbury and one at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church. It brought together associates, their families and community volunteered to pack more than 1,200 meal bags for local neighbors in need.
This is the fifth year Perdue Farms has sponsored this holiday event through a generous $10,000 donation from its charitable giving arm, the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation. Donations totaling $5,000 from associates at Perdue AgriBusiness helped fund the cost of food items in each bag. Through events scheduled across central and western Maryland facilities, more than 44,000 meals will be distributed as part of this holiday effort.
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Lancaster Farming - The Farmer's Choice article.
During the Small Farms Conference at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, farmers talked about hop production. With breweries popping up across the US, hops have the potential to be another source of income for farms.
There is still a lot of research being done to allow hops to grow in different regions with better yields. Hops can already grow in many areas but do best in porous soil making the sandy east shore great. They also do best with 15 hours of sunlight, irrigation and air circulation. Selective breeding that was started has created hops like Cascade and Chinook. Cascade provides a hop with a citrusy flavor with good yields and high disease tolerance. With more research and breeding we can hope to see hops that will tolerate clay type soils or colder regions.
With the research and selective breeding being done it could allow local grown hops more accessible to breweries who then can advertise special locally grown ingredients. This allows for a potential growth for the brewery and the farm. At the possibility of $15 per pound of hops farms can see a good income but they are warned against going commercial as costs can out way the larger operation.
Outreach programs and Co-Ops have started working on pushing the direct to breweries approach and feel positive about the success for both industries! With the booming market, could this be an opportunity for the hard-hit Agriculture industry to start moving in a forward direction?
Original Article title “Hops Talk Focuses on Growing Local Market” by Clara Vaughn for the Lancaster Farming – Southern
Edition Vol. 62 No 9
This year has been an adventure moving from Pennsylvania to Virginia. We decided to make the move when my sister and brother in law offered us a place on their Dairy farm. It wasn’t an easy decision to make as most of our family still lives in PA but my family really wanted to move to the farm.
As the year has progressed the decision to move to this beautiful area has shown such great opportunity not only for my family but my career. After moving to Virginia I took my Insurance License exam, passed and received the authorization to write insurance in my new home state. With receiving my license, I decided to pursue an industry I have had always had a passion for besides insurance, Agriculture.
With my knowledge gained from assisting 2 commercial agents and having originally started out in personal insurance the combination of coverages Farmowners policies require came quickly to me. But I didn’t want to just help Farmers find the best coverage but I wanted to make the businesses that encompass Agriculture did too.
With home now being in Virginia and family being in Pennsylvania it allows me the ability to bounce between the 2 states as needed. I can go to Pennsylvania when I need to and stay for a couple of days thanks to family giving me a place to rest before coming back to Virginia. I am happy to have this ability to write insurance in the state I grew up in, in my new home and for an industry that I came to love and understand.
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