Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, December 28, 1974, Image 1

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Dairy projects have been Gordon’s, main FFA
project interest, however, he has also shown beef at
the area fairs*-
Gordon Hoover .
Farm Youth Leader
MeHan Piper
For die, past several years,
Gordon Hoover, -RDI, Gap,
has been active in farm
youth work ,in Lancaster
Gordon has served as
president of the New Holland
Baby Beef Club and is a
representative to the Lan
caster County 4-H Council.
At 4-H State Days, Gordon
competed on the livestock
judging team and has
exhibited his animals at the
New Holland Fair.
Along with his 4-H work,
Gordon is also an active
member of the Pequea
March 16 - Congressman Edwin D.
Eshelman, far left, discussed farm
problems with a group of Lancaster
County farmers in his Washington
office this week. Shown with the
lev’T'-u ; °' -i 1 ! 0 ’" Ac^sa l ltur c
U - Uv
Valley FFA Chapter. For the
past year, he has served as
president of the FFA group
andhasbeen on numerous
“Being president of our
FFA group isn’t an easy
job,” Gordon explained.
“I am responsible for
making sure the activities
are planned as well as
making the organization
work at all times.”
Although being president
of Pequea Valley FFA is a
full time job, Gordon has
also been involved in many
other FFA activities. He has
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Serving The Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania Areas
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, December 28, 1974
1974- The Year in Review
1974 was a busy, puzzling
year for farmers in the
Lancaster Fanning area.
Everything farmers need to
buy seemed to go up in price.
Everything they had to sell
seemed to go down or, at
best, stay the same. It was a
good year for our cash crop
readers, with bumper cron
and wheat crops. Soybeans
produced well this year, too,
and hay crops fared very
•well. Drought conditions
which plagued much of the
rest of the country were
unknown here.
Livestock, milk and
poultry producers, however,
didn’t fare as well as crop
farmers, with prices for
their commodities often
falling below break even
Farming and farm ac
tivities, though, seem to go
on pretty much the same no
matter what the markets do.
We paged through our back
issues to bring you a
collection of the events and
happenings that went into
the making of 1974.
January -
Farm Show Month
January is Farm Show
month, and our first two
In This Issue
Markets 24
Sale Register 38
Farmers Almanac 6
Classified Ads 41
Farm Commentary 10
Homestead Notes 26
Home on The Range 30
Organic Living 33
Junior Cooking Edition 29
Farm Women Calendar 10
Lancaster Co. DHIA 12
Thoughts in Passing 16
Lane. Co. Tobacco Show 33
Facts for Dairymen 13
Heifer Project 23
Congressman, left to right, are John
Myer, Ivan Yost and Donald Hershey.
Two of Eshelman’s assistants are'at
the far right.
issues were filled with news
of Pennsylvania’s - and the
Northeast’s - biggest far
ming event of the year. We
examined the possibilities
for a new $6O-million com
plex to replace the present
Farm Show Building, and we
reported on the many local
winners who prevailed over
stiff competition in the farm
show arenas.
A January 19 story
reported that the outlook for
farm credit for the year
appeared good, but that
interest rates would be
higher. In that same issue,
we reported that Rufus
Martin, Ephrata RD3, was a
three-way winner at the
annual Red Rose DHIA
awards banquet, walking off
with high herd fat and milk
prizes, as well as the high
Holstein herd
February -
Shortages Shortages
In February, our readers
learned that the agricultural
fuel outlook for tiie-year was
cloudy, with supplies un
certain. These clouds for
tunately cleared up later in
the year, but they left behind
higher fuel prices, and more
pressure on farm income.
Congressman Edwin D.
Eshelman told Lancaster
Farming readers that he saw
no end to inflation. Lou
Moore, the Penn State cattle
expert, told a group of
Lancaster County cattlemen
that costs would continue to
spiral upward, and that big
feedlots might take even
more than the 65-percent of
the marketplace they now
Some farmers, like
July 27 - A five-year-old cow shown
by John Welk, left, walked off with
grand champion honors this week
during the Lancaster District
dairyman Victor Ziegler,
Reistville, still remained
optimistic and shared their
thoughts with our readers,
In February, we were
happy to note that Hendrink
Wentink, assistant to the
president of Pennfield Corp.,
was named chairman of the
National Commission on Egg
Nutrition. And that Ivan
Yost, Christiana Rl, was
named Pennsylvania’s
Outstanding Young Farmer
by the Pennsylvania
May 25 - Janell Conrad played nursemaid to the
area’s first embryo transfer calf. The calf is owned
by Janell’s father, Dr. Thomas Conrad, Bird-in-
Holstein Show held in the Guernsey
Sales Barn. Russell Kline, right, took
the reserve ribbon with his four-year
$2.00 Per Year
Land Use Month
Land use was the hot topic
for March. The Clean and
Green farm tax bill began a
round of revisions,
revamping and rewritings,
with legislators trying to
accomodate the divergent
views of the Pennsylvania
Grange, Pennsylvania
Farmers Association and the
Pennsylvania En
vironmental Council. The
debate raged on until
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