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A34-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 24, 1993'
Robesonia Farmer Wins
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mind is no problem for Wolfskill
because, ultimately, soil and water
conservation translates into better
production and a more efficient
operation, he said.
Wolfskin’s continuous steward
ship of the land has won the admi
ration of the Soil Conservation
Service, which oversees soil con
servation in the county.
“He wants to keep soil on the
field,” said David G. Younker, a
technician with SCS. “He’s a good
manager and wants to have the best
production he can.”
Making contour strips is not
necessarily more work for a far
mer, Younker said. Although some
of the plans can get complicated,
farmers can realize fuel savings
because running a tractor along the
level in contour strips is easier on it
than going up and down hills.
ground is still to wet to plant. “We would have had oats In by
now,” he said.
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But it’s not just containing the
soil that the SCS is interested in.
The SCS is also trying to maintain
water quality by preventing soils
containing manure into the water
table, Younker said.
Younker doesn’t disparage
planting crops in big, square fields.
They can be planted with a no-lill
method to retain the soil, then
rotated with a hay crop, he said.
But Younker noted that all far
mers who receive federal aid will
be required by 1995 to file soil
conservation plans. Conservation
farming assistance is readily avail
able from the SCS.
Wolfskill not only practices
conservation methods on his
farms, he also serves the district as
a volunteer. He is a farmer-director
of the district and serves as
He belongs to the Berks County
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and Pennsylvania Farmers Last year, he was nominated by “Good Earth Award” and placed
associations. several county agencies for the second in this honor for the state.
Rodgers Named National
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land for the land, livestock and the
Rodgers is a well known Ayr
shire cattle breeder, utilizing pas
ture and alfalfa as the forage base
for his dairy herd. Additionally, he
has been featured in various
national farm publications, includ
ing HOARD’S DAIRYMAN and
FARM JOURNAL. He is a past
president of the Penn State Ag
Advisory Council and has served
on the United States Dairy
Research Center’s Advisory Com
mittee in Madison, Wisconsin.
Rodgers is the past president of
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the Rotary Club of Lewistown,
Pennsylvania, a certified Dale
Carnegie instructor, and is a reg
ional director of the Mellon Bank.
Other activities include giving
numerous speeches to many
diverse groups in the United
States, Canada, Great Britain,
Sweden, New Zealand and
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farms has been in his family since
1755, received in a warrant from
John, Thomas and Richard Penn,
son and grandsons of William
Penn. His 5 children and 7 grand
children are the 9th and 10th gen
erations respectively to be enjoy
ing the bounty of this property
nestled in the Kishacoquillas Val
ley in Mifflin County,
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