Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, February 17, 1956, Image 1

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    Vol. 1, No. 16
Goddard Wm
Speak Feb. 23
At Lampeter
Han. Maurice K Goddard,
State Secertary of Forests and
Waters will be -the featured
speaker at the annual meeting
of the Lancaster County Soil
Conservation District Thursday,
Feb 23 at 7:30 p. m- in the Lam
peter-Strasburg High School,
Lampeter, Pa.
Water Use, Regulation'
He is a member of the. Soil
Conservation Society of Ameri
ca and former director of the
School of Forestry, College of
Agriculture at the Pennsylvania
State University; also, President
of the Pennsylvania Forestry As
sociation, Chairman of the Coun
cil of • Foresters, the American
Forestry Assn, and the Forest
Products Research Society
' His'Topic will be “Water Use
and Its Regulation”.
Amos H. Funk, chairman of
the district will introduce the
directors and representatives of
the various cooperating agencies.
Harry R. Metzler, former county
commissioner and''district board
member will present a plaque to
the named
“Outstanding Farm Conserva
tionist of 1955” during the meet
Color Film on Program
Wayne B- Rentschlef, secre
tary-treasurer, will deliver the
annual report on the- progress
of the conservation district.
Entertainment will be provid
ed by the Garden Spot Chapter
of F. F. A- and a color sound
motion picture, “Yours Is' The
Land” will' be shown.
Invocation will be provided
by the Rev. John A. Breneman,
pastor of the Willow Street
Mennonite Church-
Everybody is invited, to attend
this county-wide meeting since,
“Water” is a vital factor to the
existence of people, animals,
plants and soil, its use and re
gulation, presents a program to
rural, industry, municipal and
domestic users.
New Providence
Herd Augmented
Willard B. and Arlene'H Delp,
New Providence, have just pur
chased the Guernsey sire, Gold
en Harvest Colonel, from Clair
H Witmer, Willow Street, ac
cording to the American Guern
sey Cattle dub-
This richly-bred bull is out of
the high-producing cow, McDon
ald Farms King’s Janora, that
has once been classified Very
Good for type, and has two pro
duction records of 12,260 lbs of
milk and 629 lbs of fat, made on
.three times daily milking for
365 days, as a senior two-year
old and met calving require
ments, and 14,639 lbs of milk
and 744 lbs. of fat, made on three
times daily-milking for 365 days
as a five-year-odd. He is sired
by Nyala Supreme Commander.
Truly diversified is Lancaster farming, broilers and steers, brooder houses and
and the view above is one many-share of feeders. Both are of prime importance, but
Lancaster County. Only two of the innum- still but- a part of complex, vast pictures
e rable agricultural lines are shown here, that is truly Lancaster Farming.
Three Shows
Set to Move
Jnto County
Lancaster County this summer
will be host to several major live
stock shows, some moving here
from other locations due to the
County’s increasing recognition
as a livestock center. They are
1. The Eastern Polled Hereford
Association Show and Sale,
March 26, with an association
banquet the night before (Sun
day, March 25) at Hotel Bruns
2. The South Central District
4-H Dairy Judging Practice July
3. The SPABS Dairy Show,
Aug. 9;
4. County 4-H Roundup, Aug.
10; x
5. Pennsylvania Guernsey Bre
eders Association Show, Aug. 28,
6. District 4-H Dairy Show,
.Guernsey Sale Pavilion, Aug 29-
This will be th° first time the
Southeastern Dairy Show, the
Eastern Polled Hereford show
and sale, and the State 4-H Dairy
Judging Practice events have
been scheduled here.
This year the 4-H Roundup has
been moved ahead one month.
Two Governors are expected to
attend the Polled Hereford ban
quet, Pennsylvania’s George
Leader, and Colorado’s Dan
Thorntop. Gov. Thornton is a
well-known Hereford breeder.
Quarryville, Pa,, Friday, February 17, 1956
Lancaster Farming - Diversified
Barn Raised On
Landis Martin Farm
Menaonite farm friends 150
strong moved in on .the Landis
Martin Farm, R 1 Lititz, Monday
to rebuild a barn destroyed by
fire Oct. 21.
The barn, originally built by
Jacob Brubaker in 1805, burned
in 1897 and 1914. An aromst ad
mitted setting the most recent
Two Meetings on
Trench Silo Use
Scheduled Friday
Two field meeting are schedul
ed today to bring additional infor
mation to Lancaster County farm
ers on the practical use of trench
“The practical use of trench
silos is being generally recogniz
ed throughout our County as well
as the entire country,’’ -M. M.
Smith, county agricultural agent
advises, and “‘many inquiries are
made each year regarding this
method of making silages.”
' At 9-30 this mdrning, those in
terested are invited to attend a
meeting on the farm of Harry
Griffith. Robert C. Groff is the
operator of this farm, on R 3
Quarryville, about two miles
north of town and his lane turns
to the north of present #222 de
tour route.
This afternoon at 1:30, a field
meeting will be held on the farm
of John M. Groff, Rl Bareville,
along Route #23. It’s the first
farm on the south side of the
road east of the new A. O. Smith
Engineering Building.
.John Walker, extension agri
cultural engineer from the Pen
nsylvania State University, will
ho +o discuss all chases of
trench silo location, construction
and management. County Agent
Smith will discuss making and"
feeding high quality silage.
Farm Bureau
Returns Four
In the 21st annual meeting of
the Lancaster Farm Bureau Co
operative Wednesday, all four
incumbent directors were re-elect
ed. Site of the meeting was the
Guernsey Sales Pavilion - east of
Returned were: Samuel S. Hei
sey, R 1 -Sheridan, northeastern
district; Howard D. Wagner, R 2
Quarryville, southeastern dis
trict; Mark S Hess, R 6 Lancas
ter, southwestern district, and
Abner H. Risser, R 1 Bainbridge,
northwestern district.
Reflecting the general trend
in agriculture, the co-operative
reported farm supply purchases
by members declined $150,000
last year, the first time m the
co-operative’s history that an
increase was not shown.
Reports were given”by Char
les C. Burkins, general manager;
Charles M. Wolgemuth,, assist
general manager, and Harry R.
Metzler, treasurer.
A stock dividend of $25,288.03.
was shared by the co-operative’s
5,500 members last year.
Afternoon speaker was Ken
eth Hood, assistant director of
the American Farm Bureau Fed
Work horses sold at $345 each
in .the Jonathan Beiler public
sale Tuesday west of New Hol
land. Cows sold from $l5O to
$250 per head, shoats went at $9
each, iron troughs $3 to $5, a
trotting buggy $34. Auctione'er
was Abe Diffenbach.
Traffic on the 100-year-old
bridge at Slackwater, south of
Millersville, has been cut off
after a survey by state engineers
showed it was unsafe for use in
$2 Per Year
Soil Bank Bill
Both Good, Bad
Benson Advises
“A mixture of good and bad,”
were the words used by Secre
tary of Agriculture Ezra Taft
Benson in describing the Feb.
10 action by the Senate Commit
tee on Agriculture The Commit
tee reported out a bill which
would put into effect a Soil Bank
such as recommended by Presi
dent Eisenhower, but by other
provisions “would largely nul
lify the good features of the
bill ” Chief among these other
provisions are a.return to rigid
supports at 90 per cent of parity,
a return to the so-called dual
party (old or modernized parity,
whichever is higher), a two-price
plan for nee, and changes in
the dairy support law
“The Soil Bank would empty
our warehouses, but ,90 per cent
of parity would fill them again,”
said the Secretary “These two
parts of the Senate bill are in
consistent. The Congress will
have to decide which way it
wants to go, we- cannot go both
directions at the same time.”
Refers to Jan. 9 Message
The Secretary called attention
fo President Eisenhower’s re
peated warnings against the kind
of action taken by the Senate
“In his Special Message of
Jan 9,” said the Secretary, “the
President thus stated his posi
tion: ‘As we seek to go forward,
we must not go back <to old pro
grams which have failed utterly
fto protect farm families.’ In his
letter to Senator Aiken of Feb.
8, President Eisenhower wrote
'• • I must say that I should
be gravely concerned if the Soil
Bank should be coupled with the
restitution of production incen
tives certain to nullify the great
benefits the bank can bring.*’
The Secretary pointed out the
90 per cent of old parity for
wheat, which would be provided
by the Senate bill, would be 103
per cent of modernized iparity.
“The export subsidy on wheat,
which has been running about 80
cents a bushel for the 1955 crop,
probably would increase to well
over a dollar a bushel.”
Feed Out/of Line
“Dairy, poultry and livestock
farmers would again see the
prospect of feed supported out
of line with the prices of meat,
milk and eggs,” said the Secre
“The bill does not give corn
producers the freedom from
acreage restrictions and eligibil
ity for-pnce supports that many
of them want From advance re
ports on what will be in the
bill, it appears that the Senate
can readily strike the bad fea
tures and retain the good,” said
the Secretary. “The Senate and
the Congress can yet pass the
kind of bill that will give farm
ers the help they need. If the
Congress acts promptly, it will
be possible to get a sound pro
gram launched before spring
The Senate Agricultural Com
mittee late last week voted ap
proval of the “Soil-Bank” pro
gram by an 8-7 vote, restoring
mandatory support at 90 per
cent of parity to cotton, wheat,
corn, rice and peanuts.