Prospective and part-time farmers, as well as operators of small farms, can benefit from the “Farm Startup and Improvement Conference” being held April 1-2 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Boalsburg, PA.
“This conference will help you start your farming business or provide information if you’re looking to diversify your existing farm,” says Lynn Kime, Penn State Extension’s senior associate in agricultural economics, sociology and education.
Day one will include a tour of Penn State facilities and farms in the State College area. Participants can join a tour featuring agritourism, horticulture, or ranching businesses. Each visit will highlight research at multiple Penn State facilities.
On the second day, a plenary session will address the business aspects of starting or diversifying a farm business. Participants will learn about marketing their production, business planning and financing.
Breakout sessions will discuss the previous day’s tours and speakers. Extension specialists and educators will share details about their programs and work. Participants can network with other farmers and specialists specific to their area of interest.
The cost is $175; registration will be accepted until March 27. The fee includes breakfast, dinner and snacks on Saturday, and lunch on Friday and Saturday.
More information is available on the Penn State Extension website at extension.psu.edu.
Scholarships available for Pa dairy students.
The annual Student Leader Scholarship Program is now open to Pennsylvania undergraduates pursuing a degree in a dairy-related field.
Ten $3,000 scholarships are available through a new partnership between the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Dairy Excellence Foundation and Tröegs Independent Brewing for the 2022-23 academic year. The application period began on March 1 and applications must be submitted online by May 1.
The Student Leadership Scholarships are offered annually to provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in university programs that support the dairy industry. Undergraduates and high school seniors entering college in the fall are eligible for these scholarships. One scholarship is specifically designated for an incoming freshman.
To be eligible for scholarships, students must demonstrate their commitment to working in the dairy industry. Recipients are selected based on their academic performance; interest in a career related to dairy products; demonstration of leadership, character and integrity; and application compliance.
Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduate students enrolled in an eligible field of study or high school seniors planning to enroll in an eligible field of study are considered for this scholarship.
Eligible fields of study include dairy and animal science, agricultural marketing and business, nutrition, food science, agriculture and extension education, agricultural communications, agricultural engineering, or related fields.
Students can receive the $3,000 scholarship twice during their undergraduate academic career. Students employed by the Center for Dairy Excellence as an intern or in another capacity are not eligible to apply during the period they are working for the center.
To submit an online application and learn more about scholarship opportunities, visit centerfordairyexcellence.org/scholarships, or contact Michelle Shearer at 570-768-8316 or email [email protected].
Get the best beef genetics
Beef producers will have the opportunity to purchase some of the Northeast’s best genetics at noon March 25 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Assessment Center at Pennsylvania Furnace.
The 49th Performance Tested Bull Sale will be held live with an online auction option.
Bulls enrolled in the program will have completed a 112-day test assessing average daily gain, weight per day of age, feed efficiency, loin muscle size and fat deposition. All bulls must pass a breeding exam to be considered for sale.
The auction committee will evaluate the bulls that complete the performance tests and select the top performing bulls for the auction.
There are 150 bulls on trial representing 10 beef breeds. All bulls are shipped from producers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware and Connecticut.
The fastest winning bull after 84 days was an Angus presented by Grant Cash of York, Pennsylvania. The bull gained 5.29 pounds per day on the test. The first Simmental bull tested is shown by Palmer Cattle Co. of Linesville, Pennsylvania, and is gaining 5.16 pounds per day. The top performing Hereford bull in the test is presented by Glade Haven Herefords of PennYan, NY, and is gaining 4.35 pounds per day.
The bulls tested include 96 Angus, 14 Simmentals, 14 Herefords, 11 Red Angus, five Black Herefords, two Limousins, one Shorthorn, one Pinzgauer, one Maine Anjou and five SimAngus. Final weights and information will be compiled into a catalog for the March 25 sale, available online at cowbuyer.com and mailed upon request.
In addition to the bull sale on March 25, the center will host a trade show sponsored by the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association and the Pennsylvania Angus Association Finest Female Sale.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s performance testing programs and sales, contact Greg Hubbard at 814-238-2527 or [email protected]or visit agriculture.pa.gov.