2014 Tony Dobrosky Future Leaders Award: Terry Ruby, president of the York County Agriculture Business Council, left, presented the 2014 Tony Dobrosky
2014 Tony Dobrosky Future Leaders Award: Terry Ruby, president of the York County Agriculture Business Council, left, presented the 2014 Tony Dobrosky Future Leaders Award to Nicole McCord. Looking on are members of Tony Dobrosky's family, Pat Dobrosky and Laurie Dobrosky-Henry, right. McCord is a 2011 graduate of Kennard-Dale High School, where she was an FFA member and active in the music programs. As a member in the Kennard-Dale FFA, she served the chapter in numerous leadership positions and obtained the highest level award, the American FFA Degree. She was also a 12-year member of the York County 4-H program, including membership in the Southern Kids 4-H Goat Club and the Airville 4-H Community Club, as well as County Council. She is the market goat department assistant superintenden for the Mason Dixon Fair and was crowned the first York Fair Queen in 2013. McCord is now a junior at Penn State University majoring in animal science and interested in a career as an artificial insemination technician. At Penn State, she is active in the Collegiate 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau and Block and Bridle Clubs. She is the daughter of Trudy Grove of Willow Street and Joseph McCord of Lancaster, and resides with her grandparents, Daniel and Judy Grove, on their farm in Delta. (Submitted)

College of Ag Sciences open house: Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will hold an informative open house for prospective students 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 in Heritage Hall of the Hetzel Union Building at the Penn State main campus. Prospective students and their families will learn about the college and what it offers. The event will feature sessions offering information about the college's 17 academic majors, during which attendees will hear from faculty members about programs in agricultural sciences; business and education; animal science and pre-vet studies; biomedical and food sciences; energy, engineering and technology; environmental sciences and natural resources; and plant sciences. Tours will be available, including such facilities as the equine facility and the large-animal facilities. Students and their families can also visit the dorms, libraries and bookstore. The event is open to all prospective college students and their families. Students can register online at the College of Agricultural Sciences' Future Students website, agsci.psu.edu/futurestudents. Walk-ins to the event are welcome.

Native and streamside landscaping workshop: will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, 1537 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield, Adams County. Join Master Gardener Mary Ann Ryan to learn about plant selection and the proper practices to maintain the health of your stream ecosystem. Adance registration is preferred. Cost is $5 for members; $8 for nonmembers. For details and to register, call 717-642-5840 or visit www.StrawberryHill.org.


Apply for Dairy of Distinction Award: Pennsylvania dairy farms are invited to apply for this year's Dairy of Distinction award from the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15. The award is based on the idea that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk sales and public support for the industry. Dairies receiving the highest scores in each of 10 Pennsylvania districts will be awarded an 18- by 24-inch Dairy of Distinction sign to display in front of their farm.

2014 York County Outstanding Ag Industry Award: The York County Agriculture Business Council presented the 2014 Outstanding Ag Industry Award to Pin Oak
2014 York County Outstanding Ag Industry Award: The York County Agriculture Business Council presented the 2014 Outstanding Ag Industry Award to Pin Oak Lane Farm & Equine Clinic of New Freedom. Pictured are, from left, Mathew Meals, Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Dr. William Solomon of Pin Oak Lane Farm; and state Rep. Ron Miller, who presented Solomon with a citation. Pin Oak Lane Farm was purchased by Dr. William Solomon in 1969. After serving as resident veterinarian at Hanover Shoe Farms and Castleton Farm in Lexington, Ky., Solomon retuned to York County and began his veterinary practice and farm operation in 1973. Pin Oak Lane became one of the state's leading Standardbred and Thoroughbred nurseries, and shortly, the original 184 acres grew to nearly 400 acres of southern York County farmland. Now in its 41st year of operation, the farm has produced Standardbred and Thoroughbred winners of the breeds' most prestigious races, including the Kentucky Derby, Hambletonian, and Little Brown Jug. Solomon has offered equine veterinary services for 46 years and has been involved in agricultural activities his entire life. He chaired the Shrewsbury Township Planning Commission when it enacted the first comprehensive plan with an eye toward farmland preservation, and has served in leadership roles for the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders' Association, the Breeders' Cup and the Dean's Advisory Council at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. (Submitted)
Roadside judging will take place in May, and farms will be evaluated on factors that can be controlled by the dairy producer. Judges will look for clean and attractively finished buildings; neat landscaping, ditches, roads and lanes; and well-maintained fences. They also will take into account other aspects of the farm, such as manure management and cleanliness of animals, the barnyard and feed areas. For an application, call Mike O'Connor, secretary of the Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction program and professor emeritus of dairy science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, at 814-863-3913 or visit www.dairyofdistinction.com/html/pa_dod.html.

Summer Environmental Careers Camp: Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' summer residential camp. The free six-day camp begins July 13 at Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Mountain Top, Luzerne County. The camp is near Nescopeck State Park and about 10 miles south of Wilkes-Barre. The camp will introduce 20 to 25 students in 10th to 12th grades to conservation and environmental careers. From wildlife conservation projects and stream sampling of aquatic life, to forestry skills, daily activities will offer students a hands-on, team-building learning experience in an outdoor setting.

2014 York County Ag Exchange: Terry Ruby, York County Agriculture Business Council President, left, recognized Kristy Wilt, Lancaster/York DHIA technician,
2014 York County Ag Exchange: Terry Ruby, York County Agriculture Business Council President, left, recognized Kristy Wilt, Lancaster/York DHIA technician, center, of New Park, Fawn Township, and state Rep. Seth Grove, right, for their participation in the council's Ag Exchange program. Rep. Grove shadowed Wilt at the Glen Daugherty farm in Airville, Lower Chanceford Township, and the DHIA laboratory in Lancaster. Wilt also spent a day at the Capitol with Grove. Both shared comments about the experience to the 365 attendees at the 28th annual York County Agricultural Recognition Banquet. (Submitted)
Participants are exposed to a wide range of career experiences, including water quality assessments, geology field studies and overnight camping. Activities will be overseen by specialists and officials of DCNR's bureaus of state parks, forestry and topographic and geologic survey. After the camp, attendees will have a chance to seek internships, mentoring and job-shadowing positions. For details and applications, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ecocamp or call 724-865-7857.

Mid-Atlantic Antique Tractor Super Pull: will begin 8 a.m. April 19 and continue through the evening at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg. Hundreds of antique tractors from the Mid-Atlantic area are expected to complete. All antique tractors welcome. Admission is by donation. For details, call Brad Peters at 717-870-3871.

Williams Grove Farmers Flea Market: hosted by Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, is open sunrise to 2 p.m. every Sunday, weather-permitting, throughout the year, at Williams Grove Steam Engine Show Grounds, Williams Grove Road, Williams Grove. All vendors must have and display a current Pennsylvania sales tax license. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 717-766-4001 or email wghsea@yahoo.com. For directions, visit www.wghsea.org.

Disaster assistance programs: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning April 15. The Livestock Indemnity Program and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014. Enrollment also begins April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Tree Assistance Program. To expedite applications, all producers who experienced losses are encouraged to collect records documenting these losses in preparation for the enrollment in these disaster assistance programs. Information on the types of records necessary can be provided by local FSA county offices. For details, producers may review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet, ELAP and TAP fact sheets online at www.usda.gov, or visit any local FSA office or USDA Service Center.

FSA farm loans: Producers are reminded that the Farm Service Agency offers specially targeted farm loans known as Socially Disadvantaged and Beginning Farmer loans. These loan programs are designed to help farmers purchase and operate family farms. Farm ownership loan funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm, purchase easements or rights of way needed in the arm's operation, erect or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn, promote soil and water conservation and development, and pay closing costs. Farm operating loan funds may be used to purchase livestock, poultry, farm and home equipment, feed, seed, fuel, fertilizer, chemicals, refinance debts, hail and other crop insurance, food, clothing, medical care and hired labor. Funds also may be used to install or improve water systems for home use, livestock or irrigation and other improvements. Individuals, partnerships, joint operations, corporations and cooperatives primarily and directly engaged in farming and ranching on family-size operations may apply. A family-size farm is considered to be one that a family can operate and manage itself. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for a given program before FSA can extend program benefits. For details or applications, contact your local FSA office.

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