2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign: National 4-H Council launched the spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Co. This event marks the fourth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4 H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del's Farm and Feed Supply store is located. The spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place April 23 through May 4. Shoppers at the Dillsburg, Hanover, New Freedom and York TSC stores will have the opportunity to support 4-H in York County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities in York County.
Governor's School for the Ag Sciences: Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences, which will take place July 13 to Aug. 9 at Penn State's main campus. Apply at agsci.psu.edu/governors-school by April 25. Students applying must be current high school juniors and residents of Pennsylvania. Students selected to attend the Governor's Schools receive full scholarships, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, participating universities and private and corporate donations. The Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences will bring 40 academically talented and gifted students together to get a broad overview of the diverse fields of agriculture and natural resources, to learn about educational opportunities and careers in the agricultural sciences, and to get a taste of college life. For four weeks, participants live and eat in campus residence halls as they explore such topics as animal and plant sciences, food science, engineering, environmental and natural resource conservation, and community awareness. Students will participate in challenging courses and research projects with Penn State faculty and program staff.
Gettysburg National Military Park seeks area farmers: Gettysburg National Military Park is seeking area farmers who are interested in leasing agricultural lands under the park's Agricultural Use Program. Approximately 350 acres are available in four parcels for row crops and hay production. The program is one of the tools the park uses to manage the battlefield's cultural landscape. At the time of the Gettysburg battle, the lands that now make up the park were a patchwork of farms with crop fields, pastures, orchards and woodlots. The park's farmer partners help the park represent the 1,863 crop fields and lower the government's cost for cultural landscape maintenance. Farmers currently pay $25 per acre for their permitted lands. This is lower than the average cash rent for Adams County farmlands because the permits include a number of restrictions designed to protect the cultural and natural resources of park lands, which can impact agricultural operations. For example, pesticide use must be approved and documented. Hay harvest is restricted until after July 15 to protect grassland breeding birds. Storage of hay bales and equipment is restricted to protect the views of the landscape. Farmers interested in joining the program should carefully read the information materials, especially the permit conditions, to be sure that they understand how the program would be different than renting private farmlands. Interested farmers will need to submit applications to the park by close of business April 25 to be considered. The park will review the applications, interview the most appropriate candidates, and select one or more applicants to fill the current need. Current permit-holders may apply. For the information packet and application, visit www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/permits.htm. The packet contains the application, maps, the standard conditions of the Agricultural Use Permits, and additional information about the program. If you have additional questions after reviewing the packet, call Zach Bolitho, chief of resources management, at 717-338-4408 or email Zachary_Bolitho@nps.gov.
Orientation and pre-testing for Master Gardener volunteer program: If you are an avid gardener who likes to share your knowledge with others, you might want to consider applying to become a Penn State Master Gardener volunteer. An orientation session for all interested applicants will be 2 to 5 p.m. April 30 at the Extension Office, 112 Pleasant Acres Road, Springettsbury Township. The mission of the York County Master Gardener Program is to provide horticulture information and education to home gardeners based on proven research specific to the local climate, soils and plants. Those interested in applying can then fill out an application and complete the pre-test. To register for the orientation, call Kelly at 717-840-7408. The 2014 Master Gardener class will be selected on the basis of an interview and pre-test. Trainees then attend a series of classes held 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays Aug. 20 through mid-December. After completing the classes and a 10 minute presentation, trainees must volunteer a minimum of 50 hours before becoming certified as Master Gardeners. The fee for the classes and manual is $200 ($50.00 is refundable upon certification. Scholarships are available). To learn more about the Penn State Master Gardener Program, call 717-840-7408.
Tractor pulls: hosted by Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association, will be 6:30 p.m. May 3 at Williams Grove Steam Engine Show Grounds, Williams Grove Road, Williams Grove, Montgomery County. For details, call 717-766-5762; for directions, visit www.wghsea.org.
Horse pasture short course: A horse pasture short course, offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension in York County, will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the York County Extension Office, 112 Pleasant Acres Road, Springettsbury Township. Pasture provides horses with an area for exercise, but can also provide for the basic forage needs. Many pastures are not producing at their full potential. Improving pastures is often just a matter of better understanding pasture plants, soil and the interaction between them. Fee for the course is $55 per person or $65 for a couple residing in the same household who share course materials. Participants will receive a notebook of reference material and a soil test kit. Participants are asked to bring their own packed lunch. Refreshments for breaks will be provided. Registration deadline is May 12. Register at extension.psu.edu/events or call 717- 840-7408.
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 email@example.com. For directions, visit www.wghsea.org.
White Rose 4-H Horse and Pony Club: meets 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Springfield Township Building, 9211 Susquehanna Trail South. 4-H horse clubs provide educational opportunities but do not provide horses or riding lessons. For details, email Brooke Lesinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 484-955-7383.
York County Beekeepers Association: meets 7 to 9 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month in the Community Room at Penn State York Campus, January through September. These informational meetings can help you find a mentor to help with beekeeping skills, or volunteer to become a mentor for other new beekeepers. For details, email Coral Still-Glosser at email@example.com.
Tree Assistance Program signup: The USDA Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency said that orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from natural disasters that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011, can now sign up for the Tree Assistance Program. TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. Eligible tree types include trees, bushes or vines that produce an annual crop for commercial purposes. Nursery trees include ornamental, fruit, nut and Christmas trees that are produced for commercial sale. Trees used for pulp or timber are ineligible. For details, review the 2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet and the TAP fact sheet online at www.fsa.usda.gov, or contact a local FSA county office or USDA Service Center.
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