Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 22, 1976, Image 16

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    16 —Lancaster Farming,~Saturday, May 22, 1976
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spent many hours working in a nearby
canning factory to buy a used tractor and
some small pieces of machinery.
While the youth admits that maintenance
costs of the machinery and production costs
have been hard to deal with, he’d rather be
farming than anything else.
“I’ve tried working other jobs but it just
isn’t like farming, I enjoy agriculture the
most and want to stay with it if I can.”
Miller sells his grain to Hostetters in York
County and says that his corn yields return
the biggest portion of profit.
As a senior, Miller has already become
experienced in crop production winning a
state proficiency award for work in that
agricultural enterprise but the youth still
notes that without the help of a neighbor who
rented him land and helped with the
machinery, he would not be able to begin
farming on his own.
Miller has served his local FFA chapter as
chaplain, treasurer and secretary along
with being the County Star Farmer. His
grain exhibits and swine projects have won
numerous awards at the York Interstate
Fair and his FFA record books have been
top m the local and state contests. But FFA
success does not always mean an easy
entrance into the field of farming and Miller
k nows it won’t be easy.
“I’m optimistic about farming, cause
people have to eat,” explains a fellow
Camp directory available
tory of 1976 Summer Camps
serving Lancaster County is
now available at the Lan
caster Information Center,
630 Janet Avenue. In
formation on 14 day camps
and 13 resident camps
providing regular and
specialized camping op
portunities is included.
According to Mrs. Jean J.
Wedge, program director,
this information is most
frequently requested by
agencies serving youth who
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In response to industry
concern that sore-mouth
vaccine is no longer
available to domestic sheep
producers, a representative
of the Bayvet Division of
Cutter Labs has notified the
industry that they are still
producing OVINE
student, Claude Warner. With an easy smile
and sharpness in character, Warner looks as
if he could run any type of business with a
high degree of success but the senior has
chosen to stick with agri-business hoping
that someday he’ll have his own farm.
Warner, a Lineboro, Md., resident, has
been working for Charles Folk, a feed and
grain dealer for three years. Working both
in the fields and in the mill, Warner has
learned a good deal about agriculture and
sees a future in the enterprise.
“I’d like to have my own farm but you just
can’t walk into a bank at 17-years old and
expect them to dish out $200,000 for land and
equipment,” Warner explained. “And who
wants to have all that debt stretching ahead
of them at such an early age?”
The senior’s observations concerning
capital are well understood by many young
people engaged in farming. To start out is
just too difficult according to many youths
and it means finding a way to work around
the money situation. For Warner it has
meant leaving his home farm, which his
father and brother operate in partnership
and working in agribusiness until he can
save the capital necessary to buy land.
“My family told me to be smart and go to
college to be a veterinarian but I like far
ming and going to school just isn’t for me,”
the youth noted. “If it means working up
from the bottom I guess I’ll just have to do it
that way.”
A state proficiency winner in the FFA ag
sales and service category, Warner has
been the sentenniel and secretary of the
can benefit from enriching
camping experiences. The
directories can be obtained
without charge from Lan
caster Information Center
(LINC), a public service
program of the Easter Seal
Mrs. Wedge also an
nounced that the first
revision to the new Directory
of Community Services has
been mailed to mdividual
and agency purchasers. The
directory, the first to be
published in loose-leaf
sore mouth in sheep.
In view of the fact that no
other major supplier
produces the vaccine,
Bayvet will increase their
output this year to ensure
adequate supplies. The
vaccine is available in 100
dose bottles only. For more
information, contact your
veterinarian or nearest
Bayvet products distributor.
binder form for easy update,
was distributed in January
of this year.
The current revision in
cludes 135 changes and in
formation on 6 new
organizations. LINC plans to
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local chapter and has had several state
winning record books for agribusiness. The
youth has shown the grand champion
market hog at the York Fair two years
running and is a Keystone Degree winner.
“There will come a day when people will
need more food and perhaps all the parking
lots and housing developments will be tom
up for farm land - someone will have to do
the farming so I hope there will be a place
for me,” the youth stated.
For Dave Lees, a Brodbecks youth,
starting out in agriculture will mean a split
session between field work and working at a
food processing plant
The student’s parents farm 37 acres and
rent 60 more for producing small grain. Lees
has taken swine breeding, veal production,
com and rabbit production for FFA projects
but realizes that his enterprises will not
totally support him. As with his friends,
Lees is planning to work at the factory until
he can gain enough money to start out on his
“I want to get into fanning but hope that
in the future the individual will have more
say in marketing prices and imports,” the
senior noted. “Farmers need to cooperate
for better prices without having government
plan all the export marketing structures.”
Serving as chaplain, vice-president and
president of the local FFA, Lees has a good
working knowledge of agriculture and hopes
that a future in farming will be available for
him - when he can afford it.
For Peter Slusser, Jr., of Hanover R 3,
farming means continuing his poultry and
hog enterprises in conjunction with his
parents’ operation. The senior has both a
broiler and layer operation along with
tending beef, swine and gardens.
issue revisions periodically
in order to provide all
directory users with current
information. A limited
number of copies of the
directory are still available
at the LINC office for $3.00.
Slusser has seen the problems in being
totally independent in fanning especially
since his father raises poultry without
contracting from a feed firm.
Slusser realizes that independent farming
is not easy but is hoping to continue the
trend when he graduates. The senior will
also be supplementmg his farming with
taking the two year agri-business course at
the York Campus of Penn State.
Currently the president of the FFA,
Slusser has been the Regional Star Agri
businessman and has won numerous awards
for record book projects as well as grain
exhibits at the York Fair.
Raising hogs has been his most profitable
enterprise but the youth admits that the
price may not always be as good as it was
last spring. “I’m hoping that the future of
agriculture will be bright and I’m planning
to pursue it the best I can.”
A fifth senior not present for the interview
is Ned Myers, who has also been actively
pursuing a career in agribusiness. Working
for a number of ag firms in the area, the
youth was selected as the second place state
winner m ag processing.
Each of the five Southwestern York
seniors has an excellent background in
agriculture and has won the Keystone
Farming Degree significant of his
achievement in farming and business. And
although most probably qualified for a
number of different vocations, each of them
has decided to stay with fanning. They will
not have any easy road to travel since
financing for land, machinery and livestock
will not drop into their laps, but the seniors
have decided that even if it means working
in industry until money can accrue, farming
will be a way of life for them.
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