CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — “Profits for All Prices” workshop – Monday, December 16 – 12:00-3:00 PM – Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA. This workshop is for any farm business owner, (established, young or new), rancher, agricultural worker or agribusiness employee looking for farm financial business and leadership professional development. Practical advice and tips will be shared to assist in managing finances for any farming operation. To register, please call 1-877-345-0691 or visit https://extension.psu.edu/farm-business-leadership-profits-for-all-prices (choose appropriate location). A $15 registration fee is due by December 13.
Generation Next: Calf Workshop – Tuesday, December 17 – 9:00 AM-2:00 PM – Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA. This workshop is geared toward heifer raisers and will focus on breeding-age heifers through freshening stage. Following lunch, the on-farm portion will take place at Burk-Lea Farms, Chambersburg. To register, please call 1-877-345-0691 or visit https://extension.psu.edu/generation-next-calf-workshop-breeding-through-freshening. A $15 registration fee is due by December 13.
“Does Your Soil Need a Check Up?” Soil Health Workshop – Friday, December 20 – 9:00 AM-2:15 PM – Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. This workshop, geared toward farmers and agronomists, will cover properties of healthy soil, how to improve soil health and how pesticides can affect beneficial soil organisms. This is a free event, but pre-registration for lunch is required by December 13. Please contact the Franklin County Conservation District at 717-264-5499.
SAVE THE DATE! Franklin County Crops Day is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at the Rhodes Grove Camp and Conference Center. The day-long event will include 2 core and 2 private category credits for PA Pesticide Applicators. More information will follow.
Franklin County Workshop Focuses on the Transitioning Dairy Heifer
Submitted by Cassie Yost, Penn State Extension Dairy Educator
Are you aware of how much it is costing you to raise your heifers? Are you experiencing problems in your breeding program? Are you considering a heat detection system but not sure of the benefits or drawbacks to your program? Penn State Extension is offering the third and final workshop in the series Generation Next: Calf Workshop on Tuesday, December 17 at the Ag Heritage Building from 9 AM – 2 PM where these topics and more will be discussed. Dr. Jud Heinrichs, Penn State Extension Professor of Dairy Science, and Extension Educators Cassie Yost and Mat Haan will be covering topics from breeding age heifers through the freshening period.
In today’s dairy industry, time and money are both in short supply. Therefore, it becomes increasingly critical to work to tighten up production practices in all areas of a farm’s management system. Proper management of heifer programs is one area where expenses can reach extreme levels and have a drastic impact on a farm’s financial bottom line. For example, for each extra month that a heifer remains open (not bred), feed and vet costs total approximately $100 per month per heifer. If there are 10 heifers that are waiting to be bred for an extra 30 days because you are unsure if they meet their weight requirements, this delay has just cost you $1000 that could have been used elsewhere. This is just one example of a simple management decision that often goes unchanged simply because producers are not aware of the financial consequences.
In addition to the economics of a heifer program, other topics will be discussed including proper management practices, nutrition, space requirements, common metabolic diseases, and heat detection systems. If you are curious to know how your heifer program measures up to the benchmarks of the dairy industry, join us on December 17 at 9 AM. Morning presentations will take place on the lower level of the Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg. Following lunch, we will be touring Burk-Lea’s heifer facility to learn about their heifer program, specifically about the heat detection system that they are currently using. Please be prepared to dress accordingly for this part of the workshop as we will be outdoors.
Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please call 1-877-345-0691 or visit https://extension.psu.edu/generation-next-calf-workshop-breeding-through-freshening to register. There is a registration fee of $15, and online registration will be available until December 13. If you need assistance to register or have any additional questions, please call or visit the Franklin County Penn State Extension Office. Questions can also be directed to Cassie Yost at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 717-263-9226.
2019-2020 FSMA Trainings Scheduled Throughout Pennsylvania
Nine different FSMA training sessions have been scheduled to be held throughout Pennsylvania in the next several months. The training for this area will be available in Cumberland County on February 19, 2020 at the Cumberland Valley Produce Auction, 101 Springfield Road, Shippensburg, PA. Learn how to keep your farm in compliance with food safety standards with this one-day training. To register, go to extension.psu.edu/fsma-grower-training or call 877-345-0691. The registration fee is $25 per participants.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requires that at least one supervisor or responsible party from the farm successfully complete food safety training at least equivalent to that received under a standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration. This one-day training course, developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA), is intended for those who grow produce covered under the Produce Safety Rule, work with wholesale buyers that require this course as a condition of sale, or are just interested in learning more about produce safety.
To learn more about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and to find out if your produce-growing operation is covered under the regulation, visit extension.psu.edu/fsma.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials verifying that they have completed the training. To receive a certificate, participants must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.
–Penn State Extension