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    Vol. 20 No. 22
Students enrolled in the Grassland
Environmental FFA have been avid
participants in many conservation
projects. Philip Ogline, (right)
Environmental FFA Aids
Area Conservation Work
by: Melissa Piper
For the past two years, the
members of the Grassland
Environmental FFA
Chapter have been actively
participating in many
conservation and ecological
projects aimed at improving
the natural resources and
wildlife refuges in the nor
theastern portion of Lan
caster County.
The organization, which is
the first in the State and one
of the few such groups in the
nation, is advised by Phil
Ogline and Cheryl Rousseau,
agriculture instructors at
Garden Spot High School in
New Holland.
County Land
Judging Event
Won by Ephrata
Although it has been said
that two heads are better
than one, several members
of the Cloister FFA proved
that five minds working
together can be quite suc
cessful, as evidenced by the
team’s victory at the annual
County Land Judging contest
held April 8.
Ephrata’s team effort
earned enough points to give
them a sohd victory. Garden
Spot followed in second place
with Solanco placing third
and Penn Manor fourth.
Other county schools par-
ticipating included
Elizabethtown, Pequea
Valley and Lampeter-
In individual competition,
Kerry Boyd, Ephrata Rl, -
agriculture instructor at Garden Spot
discusses a student’s (Mike Hart
man) seedling project.
As the environmental
aspect of FFA is somewhat
different from the familiar
programs involved in actual
production and processing,
Lancaster Farming asked
Ogline to explain how the
program had come into
“While working with some
Bth grade students,” Ogline
stated, “I found out that
there was a good deal of
interest in agriculture but
from a different angle then
production - more towards
ecology and conservation.”
“Many of the youngsters
although living in a rural
setting were living in a rural
Cloister and Elvin Hayard,
New Holland R 2 - Grassland
tied for first place in the
compition. The youths will
be receiving a plaque from
the Lancaster Soil Con
servation Service for their
Other individuals placing
in the top six, included:
Leslie Groff, 211 S. State St.,
Ephrata - Cloister;. Bobby
Patterson Morgantown Rl -
Grassland; John Crantz
Quarryville - Solanco and
Kenneth Wicker Holtwood
R 2 - Solanco.
The competition was held
on the Harlan Hoover farm
near Elizabethtown with the
Elizabethtown FFA chapter
serving as coordinators of
the contest.
Serving The Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania Areas
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 12, 1975
non-farm atmosphere either
on farms but not farming or
the suburbs.”
Ogline went on to explain
that more leisure time
coupled with the increase of
farm size but the decrease of
actual farms had put much
of the population in the rural
non-farm class. And while
the youngsters living in these
conditions were interested in
agriculture it was from a
different point of view.
“The environmental ag
program helps to give
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York Hort Club Member - Leader
by: Melissa Piper
When Jeff Roth joined 4-H
eight years ago, he was
hoping to become an active
member of a worthwile
organization and that is
exactly what the York
County 4-H youth has done.
Jeff, who is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Maurice Roth,
Spring Grove Rl, has worked
diligently in many fields of 4-
H making his project and
activities records quite
As projects, Jeff has tired
a little of everything in
cluding doing work in beef,
entomology, geology,
leadership, tractor,
automotive and health
projects to name just a few.
He is a member of the
Thomasville 4-H Community
Club, the York 4-H Hor
ticulture club and the York
County Council. Jeff has held
many offices of leadership
including teen leader work
and is presently president of
the York County 4-H Council.
Top Conservationist
Puts Ag Plans First
by Dick Wanner
“Conservation Districts in
Pennsylvania are facing a
major decision,” Benny
Martin told Lancaster
Farming last week.
“Districts will have to decide
how much of their resources
they’re going to commit to
urban work. I personally
think they should be spen
ding most of their time on
agricultural work.”
Martin is Pennsylvania’s
State Conservationist, and
oversees all operations of
USDA’s Soil Conservation
Service (SCS) m the Com
monwealth. Like all SCS
people, Martin is an em
ployee of the federal
government. His Harrisburg
office is , in the Federal
Building, across town from
In This Issue
Markets 2-0
Sale Register 68
Fanners Almanac 8
Classified Ads 32-43
Editorials 10
Homestead Notes 42
Home on the Range 49
Organic Living 57
Junior Cooking Edition 50
Sale Reports 75
Farm Women Calendar 53
Heritage Home Tour 54
Jeff has not only been
active in project work but
has played an outstanding
role in 4-H activities. Jeff has
been a State Winner in
Demonstration contests and
has been a Keystone Winner
in citizenship and
agriculture. He has attended
4-H Leardeship Congress, 4-
H Leadership school and
State 4-H Days.
His local club has awarded
him honors in outstanding
work in rabbits, baby beef,
horticulture and
achievement along with
being selected the out
standing 4-H boy in 1973.
One of Jeff’s favorite
projects has been hor
ticulture and the young man
has helped'‘to organize the
first county wide hor
ticulture club in York
County. When asked how he
had gotton interested in the
project, Jeff explained “I
attended a national Junior
[Continued on Page 24|l
the offices of the Penn
sylvania Department of
Environmental Resources
DER is the agency which
administers Pennsylvania’s
environmental laws. All
DER people are state em
ployees, the laws they
administer are state laws,
and the funds they spend
come from the state
treasury. That agency is
charged with insuring that
Pennsylvanians of present
and future generations have
a clean, healthy and safe
environment. DER
regulations affect just about
every municipality, business
and farm in the state.
One DER goal is to keep
sediment - water borne soil -
out of Pennsylvania
streams. Their figures in
dicate that about half the
sediment in the state’s
waterways come from
farmlands, while the other
half is carried by runoff
water from earth moving
projects such as road
building, housing develop
ment, and sewer con
In order to clean up the
streams, DER has set a
number of deadlines for
controlling erosion. The
deadline that most concerns
farmers is the July 1, 1977,
deadline for the im
plementation of con
servation plans on their
farms. In light of recent
Jeff Roth
Jeff Roth, Spring Grove Rl, has been an active 4-H
member for the past eight years. The York Countian is
currently serving as president of the York 4-H
$3.00 Per Year
hearings by Reo. Kent
Shelhamer’s Pennsylvania
House Agriculture Com
mittee, that deadline is
almost certainly going to be
moved back. Nevertheless,
DER will still have the legal
authority to set erosion
control standards, and to
decide what date farmers
and other landowners must
meet those standards.
For the past 40 years,
farmers have been turning to
SCS for help in controlling
erosion. SCS assistance has
always been offered on a
purely voluntary basis.
Farmers have asked for help
and they’ve gotten help. SCS
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The Annual March of
Dunes Benefit Auction has
been scheduled for Tuesday,
April 22 beginning at 6 pun.
and will be held at the Green
Dragon Farmers Market
and Auction. John E. Martin
is Chairman along with
Adam H. Zimmerman as co
Contributions of New and
usable items will be
welcomed. Please bring
items anytime after Tuesday
noon. For further in
formation call 717-733-3511.