300 YEARS OF HAYMAKING TO BE FEATURED AT PASTO AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Antique horse-powered hay-making equipment will be demonstrated at the Pasto Agricultural Museum during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17.
These demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15 and 16, are part of the museum’s featured exhibit titled, “300 Years of Haymaking in Pennsylvania, 1640 – 1940, From Seed to Feed.”
Field demonstrations both days between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will feature horses pulling a mower, tedder, dump rake, side-delivery rake and hay wagon with a mechanical hay loader. Of special interest will be a demonstration of the long-gone practice of putting loose hay into a miniature barn with a horse-powered hay fork and overhead track.
Finally, a 1905 Panama horse-powered hay press will be operated. This always-popular attraction was first shown at Ag Progress Days in 2000 and again in 2004. It’s back again to anchor the “300 Years of Haymaking” program.
Japan finds banned U.S. beef in ham, turkey shipment
Drovers ALert from Drovers Journal,com
Japan rejected a single box of U.S. roast beef that was mistakenly included in a shipment of pork and turkey, an incident that USDA officials say will not interfere with resumption of beef exports to Tokyo. A single 15-pound box of sliced roast beef was discovered on July 11 in a larger shipment that contained about 1,223 cases of frozen sliced turkey breast and frozen sliced ham.
Senate Ag Committee to take its time writing next farm bill
by Peter Shinn
Keith Williams, Communications Director for the Senate Ag Committee, said Wednesday that hearings on the 2007 farm bill are just beginning, and Senators won’t begin writing the next farm bill until summer of next year. Williams said many more farm bill hearings, both in the field and in Washington D.C., will take place between now and then.
Facts About the Bull Semen Industry
MSN Money / Associated Press
(AP) – _ Five companies do 95 percent of the collecting and distributing of bull semen in the U.S. They are Wisconsin-based ABS Global, Alta Genetics, Cooperative Resources International and Accelerated Genetics, and Plain City, Ohio-based Select Sires Inc.
US to lower mad cow surveillance program – source
WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – The United States Agriculture Department will announce on Thursday plans to scale down its mad cow surveillance program, a source briefed by the department told Reuters.
Senate Stands Up for Agriculture: Manure NOT a Superfund Material
Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2006) – Bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate are rallying in support of legislation confirming Congress never intended for America’s farmers and ranchers to be subject to 1980s Superfund laws established to address extreme toxic waste sites. The Senate legislation reaffirms that the original Superfund laws, titled Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), do not apply to natural animal waste on farms and ranches.
Lightning wipes out herd of cattle
By Robin Bass
Spencer Magnet (KY)
Lightning killed 40 head of cattle in Little Mount after a severe storm swept through the county last Friday night – wiping out nearly a third of one local farmer’s livestock.
“I was raised up on a farm, but this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” said Alton Humphrey, who lost a total of 38 cows and two bulls to the storm. “If you had to buy back those cows it would cost you $40,000.”