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VOL 29 No. 29
Pa. Department of Agriculture representative Donald Lerch, center, answers a
question on milk quality while Sterling White, left, Interstate Milk Producers, and Paul
Kocher, Atlantic Processing Inc., look on.
Making the most of that woodlot
BY DICK ANGLESTEIN
DILLSBURG How does this
. sound for a crop?
-It’s probably already growing
jxi your farm, on marginally
productive land at that.
-It doesn’t require near the
' attention in both time and expense
that your field crops demand
during the growing season.
-And what time that should be
devoted to it to likely double its
potential economic value can be
allotted in the wintry off-season.
-It’s a permanent stand and will
-If you don’t get around to
harvesting it this year, it will still
be around next year.
-And, on a long-range, properly
managed basis, it can provide a
good little extra bit of sup
plementary cropping income.
Sound too good to be true? Well,
many of you already have this crop
growing on your farm.
It’s the woodlot that’s down
beyond the lower pasture. The one
that you or friends occasionally
visit for a load of firewood. And, of
course, the one that sees its most
use during hunting season.
But other than the times for
cutting firewood or seeking bun
nies, birds or whitetails, it’s the
farm acreage that goes pretty
much neglected and forgotten as
emphasis and time is concentrated
on the tillable land and the
And, in the back of your mind is
the thought that the woodlot and its
timber will be your retirement
nestegg. But that nestegg is
probably being eroded away
through inattention and with a
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Improvement cut on seven-acre timber stand, shown in
background, has yielded stacks of firewood and pulpwood on
Lerew Farm Markets operation, R 2 Dillsburg. Remaining top
genetic trees are retained to mature for saw timber and
veneer. From the left are Ken Olenderski. of Pa. Forestry
Association; Thomas Wieland, forester for Glatfelter Pulp
Wood Co.; and Lloyd E. Lerew, general manager.
“/ look at the Tree Farm Program
as a long-term agricultural investment ,
of roughly half of our land.”
- Lloyd E. Lerew, R 2 Dillsburg
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 19,1984
making better use
Milk quality begins
down on the farm
BY LAURA ENGLAND
UNIVERSITY PARK - Farm
quality problems, as they relate to
milk quality, was the topic ad
dressed by a three-member panel
during Tuesday’s session of the Pa.
Dairy Sanitarians’ and Laboratory
Directors’ Confemce held earlier
this week at Penn State University.
Problems ranging from an
tibiotics in milk to improperly
cleaned milking equipment were
pointed out by the panel consisting
of Paul T. Kocher, Atlantic
Processing Inc ; Donald P. Lerch,
Pa. Department of Agriculture;
and Sterling White, Interstate Milk
Producers. The speakers stressed
the importance of overall farm
quality procedures to insure a
quality end product - milk.
Speaking first, Paul Kocher
offered encouraging words on the
antibiotics in milk problem.
Kocher said a drastic change has
U. of Md., USD A sign
co-op research plan
BY JACK HUBLEY
BELTSVILLE, Md. - The
USDA, together with the
University of Maryland, signed an
agreement on Wednesday to
establish collaborative research in
the field of biotechnology.
Historically, the U.S. Depart
ment of Agriculture has main
tained a similar relationship with
universities through the state
Agricultural Experiment Stations
located on the campuses of
universities throughout the
country. Wednesday’s agreement
was an amendment to the original
pact signed by the university and
the USDA in 1957.
The current agreement provides
for an emphasis on agricultural
research in the field of molecular
biology, commonly referred to as
biotechnology. Basically these
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occured in the last few months
concerning the amount of an
tibiotics found in milk tanker
“It used to be that 10 tankers per
month were reported with an
tibiotics in the milk,” Kocher said
of his cooperative, “but with
tougher regulations, that number
has gone down to four incidents per
The “tougher” regulations
favored by most dairy cooperat
ives require a farmer, who has
been linked to a contaminated milk
tanker and is found in violation of
the antibiotics ruling, to pay for the
entire tanker. A tanker of milk on
the average holds 47,000 pounds of
milk worth approximately $6,500.
“I feel it’s a shame to have to go
this far and make the regulations
so stiff,” Kocher said, adding that
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studies employ genetic
engineering to combat diseases
and increase productivity and
efficiency m both crop and
On hand at the USDA’s Beltsville
Agricultural Research Center
(BARC) to add their signatures to
the amendment were U.S.
secretary of Agriculture, John R.
Block, and University of Maryland
president, John S. Toll.
“Agriculture is the largest in
dustry in the U.S., and in
Maryland. Its continued
prominence is critical to the well
being of mankind,” said Dr. Toll
during opening remarks, “Science
has made enormous contributions
to agricultural productivity in the
last 100 years, and biotechnology
offers an opportunity for us to
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