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AiO-Lancnter Fanning, Saturday, June 19, 1993
Hazardous Edible Oils?
You may have heard by now that the US Department of Trans
portation (DOT) has proposed to classify edible oils as hazardous
materials. The ruling would put petroleum and soybean oil in the
same class if either material is spilled in transportation. This ridi
culous mistake by regulation writers is now under attack by Sen.
Richard Lugar. Lugar is the Republican ranking minority mem
ber of the Senate Agriculture Committee from Indiana. Lugar
says he will introduce legislation to overturn the proposal if DOT
does not withdraw this proposal.
“If there were some rational basis for calling soybean oil a
hazardous material, that would be one thing.” Sen. Lugar is
quoted in the Journal of Commerce. “But this appears to be a ridi
culous mistake by regulation writers, a situation the administra
tion so far has not corrected.”
Pressure from farm groups and legislators from farm states has
caused DOT to reopen the proposal for comment. The Depart
ment is reviewing die decision to require that vegetable oil be
shipped using the same regulations as hazardous materials.
Officials of big oil interests would like to stave off the growing
public knowledge that renewable resource oils are good for the
quality of life in the world and these farm grown oils provide a
positive alternative to the present dependence on foreign, often
hostile countries for the life blood of our industrial enterprises.
Big oil interests don’t want the competition from farm products
that can replace part of the fuel in die nation’s gas pipeline. If
these officials could get people to think soybean oil was an envir
onmental hazard like their own product it would help their cause.
Fortunately, early this week, DOT announced that it will not
subject soybean oil and other edible oils to the same regulations
that cover fuel, withdrawing the proposal. “Common sense car
ried the day,” Lugar said. “There was no rational basis for treating
soybean oil and other edible products in the same manner as pet
roleum. It would have imposed a costly, unreasonable burden on
farmers, processors and consumers.”
Saturday, June 19
Rotational Grazing and Pasture
Management Tour, Penn Slate
Research Farm, sponsored by
Northwest Pa. Cattlemen’s
Lancaster Co. Dairy Princess
Pageant, Farm and Home Cen
ter, 7 p.m.
Clearfield Co. Dairy Princess
Pageant, Civic Center, Cur
wcnsville, 8 p.m.
Eric Co. Dairy Princess Pageant,
Erie Zoo, 1:30 p.m.
Franklin Co. Dairy Princess
Pageant, Lighthouse Restaur
ant, Chambcrsburg, 7 p.m.
Somerset Co. Dairy Princess
Pageant, Somerset Area H.S.,
Sullivan Co. Dairy Princess
Pageant, Main St., Dushore, 7
Monday, June 21
Eastern Forage Improvement Con
ference at University Park, thru
Washington Co. Wool Pool,
Washington County Fair
grounds, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., and
June 22, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
PennAg Industries Association
annual Grain Meeting, Eden
Resort Inn, Lancaster, 6 p.m.
National Dairy Summit, York
Tioga Co. Dairy Princess Pageant,
First U. Methodist Church,
Mansfield, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 22
Reassessment meeting, Lancaster
Co. Farmer’s Assoc., Farm and
Home Center, 7:30 p.m. (Note
change in dale.)
Schnecksville Community Fair,
thru June 26.
Wednesday, June 23
Everyday Is Sundae, Judge Lewis
Quadrangle, Philadelphia Inde
pendence Mall, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Berks Co. 4-H Dairy Judging
School, Younker’s Farm, Kir
byville, 7:30 p.m.
Shepherd’s Night, Mercer Co.
Extension, 6 p.m.
Bradford Co. 4-H Beef Filling and
Showmanship Demo, Traci
Thomson’s. 2 p.m.
Pa. Holstein Assoc. Centre Co.
barbecue and twilight meeting.
Stringer’s Sand-Ridge Farm,
Bellefonte, 6:30 p.m.
Southeast Pennsylvania Dairy
Pasture Walk, Jessie Howe
Farm, Bucks Co., 9:30
Mercer Co. Dairy Princess
Pageant, Mercer 4-H Center, 7
Blair Co. Dairy Princess Pageant,
Wissinger’s Restaurant, Altoo
na, 6:30 p.m.
Crawford Co. Dairy Princess
Pageant, Cochranton Grange
Hall, Cochranton, 7:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay Field Day/Tour
to Lebanon Co., van departs
conservation district office,
Saturday. June 26 |
Kutztown Folk Festival, Festival
(Turn to Pago A3O)
Turkey Lovers' Month
This is the fourth year the turkey
industry has been celebrating
“June is Turkey Lovers’ Month.”
The theme for this year is ‘Turk
ey makes meals fast and fit.” Turk
ey has always been popular for
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The recent developments in new
turkey products have created new
consumer demand for turkey all
year round. Consumption during
the spring months has increased
the most during the past 10 years.
Almost half of all households
serve turkey every four days.
Sandwich use has become very
popular with lunch and carried
meals gaining share since 1981.
Turkey use in hot pasta dishes has
also grown in recent years.
Adults on a diet consume rough
ly 40 percent more turkey than
people not dieting. Now is the time
to salute the turkey industry and
recognize the many successful
innovations it has developed to
change the demand for its product
from two months to year round.
The industry has done an excellent
job of developing new products,
addressing consumer wants, and
promoting the nutritional value of
Enjoy these new turkey pro
ducts, and remember, June recog
nizes people who love to eat
To Prevent Accidents
I just received the 1992 farm fat
al injury report for Pennsylvania
and Lancaster County. Last year,
47 people were killed on Pennsyl
vania farms. Most of the accidents
occurred in August and on
Nine of the fatalities were child
ren under the age of IS and 14 were
adults over 65. Tractors were
involved in 45 percent of the fatal
accidents. Other major causes of
fatal accidents were falls from ele
vation and drowning in farm
These figures remind us of the
importance of safety. Fortunately,
every time a safety rule is broken,
an accident does not occur. How
ever, this often causes a believe
accidents will not happen to me.
When we look at these and other
accident figures, we must recog
nize an accident may occur at any
time. We owe it to ourselves and
our families to follow all the safety
rules all the time. These include no
extra riders on tractors, hitch only
to the draw bar on tractors, wear
seat belts, watch for small child
ren, do not allow small children to
play on or around equipment, and
Two of Lancaster County’s fat
alities involved being kicked by a
horse or mule. Now is the time to
make safety a habit and keep your
farm accident free.
On warm summer days, cattle
congregate in streams to escape
heat and insects. This causes prob
lemsfor the livestock as well as the
According to Jeff Stollzfus,
extension nutrient management
agent, dairy cattle face an
increased risk of mastitis and other
infections when standing in water.
In addition, cattle overgraze
streamsidc plants. This causes
bare, muddy banks and erosion.
Livestock need drinking water,
but they do not need to have unlim
ited access to the stream. Stoltzfus
recommends selecting specific
watering and crossing sites for
livestock. If possible, offstream
watering sites such as gravity fed
troughs are recommended.
If stream watering sites are
; bi LAVmNU W ALIHOUU
June 20, 1993
It’s a secret, although it isn’t
meant to be. What’s the secret?
It’s what some people are looking
for when they join a particular
church. It’s what others are seek
ing when they meditate, turn a
prayer wheel, say a mass, or fill-in
their pledge card. It’s what moti
vates some people to make a pil
grimage to a shrine or make a
I have known a lot of seekers in
my time. Many of these have
spent a fair portion of their lives
trying to discover the “secret.”
They have looked for it in creeds
and doctrines, in rituals and mys
tic rites, in moral perfection and in
immoral dissipation. Some have
sought it in the nirvana of drugs.
Some of these people believe
that they have found what they
were seeking and settle down into
enjoying whatever that is. But it is
that “settling down” that keeps us
from truly finding the secret. One
doesn’t look for whatever we
think we’ve already found.
WHAT’S THE SECRET
So, why is it a secret? Answer:
not because it is hidden from us,
but because we have failed to
understand what we have seen.
However we conceptualize what
we seek salvation, fulfillment,
peace, happiness, union with God,
sanctification, and so on it is
not to be found in attaining some
thing, but in continuing to seek it.
That “something” we attain is
never it. Salvation is not the sta
tion where we arrive, but the jour
ney that goes on and on. In fact,
that which is at best a way-station
is likely to become a substitute for
Paul knew all about substitutes.
“If any other man thinks he has
reason for confidence in the flesh,
I have more." He goes on to list
the things he has: “circumcised on
the eighth day, of the people of
Israel,” and so on. Some people
the Phariseas, for example are
necessary, select sites with a firm
stream bottom and gentle, graded
slopes. Gravel paths or entrance
ramps constructed of waffle slats
(seconds) or wood with dirt fill
will help minimize stream bank
Upstream and downstream
movement by the cattle may be
prevented by swinging floodgates
hung from cables or by running a
strand of electric wire across the
stream. Make sure crossing sites
are wide enough to accommodate
4-5 head of cattle at a time to pre
vent panic and injury to the
Construct fences at least S feet
from the stream bank, particularly
at bends in the stream. High
tensile fencing with 34 strands of
wire works well. If the area
between the stream bank and the
fence is left in grass, it should be
cut at least twice a summer to pre
vent any weeds from developing
Feather Prof s Footnote:
“Today's preparation determines
very satisfied with these things.
But Paul knows they don’t add up
to what he seeks: “But whatever
gain I had, I counted as loss for the
sake of Christ”
We have our own substitutes,
too: achieving personal righteous
ness, embracing right doctrine,
joining the right church, practic
ing the right rituals. The secret is
not in finding the right anything,
but in keeping “right on.” Paul
says, “Not that I have already
obtained this or am already per
fect; but I press on to make it my
own...but one thing I do, forget
ting what lies behind and straining
forward to what lies ahead, I press
on toward the goal for the prize of
the upward call of God in Christ
The “secret,” then, is not in
arriving but in “pressing on.”
Thai’s why the early Christian
faith was called “The Way.” The
whole process of following Jesus
is to press on constantly, “strain
ing forward to what lies ahead.”
So long as we think we already
have “the Prize,” we will not keep
moving ahead toward it. That
means that Christian discipleship
is a journey rather than an attain
ment. For, when we attain some
thing, the focus is on what we
have accomplished, not on what
God has done and is doing. Paul
says, “...not having a righteous
ness of my own based on law, but
that which is through faith in
Christ, the righteousness from
God that depends on faith” (3:9).
Does that mean we never reach
the«goal? The answer is; not on
this side of life. Paul contrasts the
Christian with those who think
only of satisfaction in this life,
those “whose god is the belly” and
whose minds are “set on earthly
things.” The pressing on “toward
the goal for the prize of the
upward call” will finally end in
what God has prepared for us. For,
“our commonwealth is in
heaven..” Until we reach that
point, the order for the day is
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