Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, September 18, 1993, Image 1

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    Vol. 38 NO. 45
Soy Diesel Proclaimed Good For Farmers And Environmentalists
Managing Editor
Co.) —With soybean representa
tives, legislators, environmental
ists, and media hounds looking on
at Bill Beam’s soybean farm.
Beam first fired up a diesel tractor
that was running on Soy Diesel and
then started a diesel tractor that was
running on common diesel fuel oil.
The contrast in the smell of the
exhaust between the two tractors
was as one reporter said, ‘The dif
ference between the Lincoln Tun
nel and someone’s kitchen.”
And that was the reason for the
Soy Diesel bus ride from Harris
burg to Philadelphia Thursday-to
Special Deadlines September 20-24
Because of the Ephrata Fair
in the town where Lancaster
Farming is published,
advance notice is given for the
publication deadlines that will
be needed for the last full
week in September. They are:
Mailbox Markets Mon
day, Sept. 20, at noon.
Public Sales Monday,
Berks Honors Outstanding Farm Family
Berks Co. Correspondent
If Kris Hoffman has anything to
say about it, he will be the fifth
generation to work the family farm
at 448 Old State Road, Oley.
Kris, 11. a seventh grader at
Oley Valley High School, is one of
three children of Barry E. and
Karen Hoffman. The family was
named 1993 Outstanding Farm
Family of the Year by the Reading
Fair and the Berks Pomona Grange
at a recent banquet held in the
Fleetwood Grange.
This was the 38th annual awards
banquet sponsored by the Agricul
tural and Horticultural Association
Maryland Junior dairyman contaat winnars. From left, Jaff Emlar, coordinator; April
Hall, tat placa; Mary EHan Straydian, 2nd place; Jacob Thomat, 3rd place; Sam Muell
er, 4th placa; and Erica Klein, sth placa.
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let the public know that fuel
derived from soybeans has many
advantages for farmers and even
more advantages for environmen
talists who set the agenda for clean
A Capitol Trailways bus that
was burning SO percent Soy Diesel
made the trip as part of the educa
tional program of the Pennsylvania
Soybean Board. The Beam farm
was .one of the stops.
Back in Harrisburg, State-Agri
cultural Secretary Boyd Wolff
made environmental and agricul
tural history when he lanched the
Soy Diesel bus ride. The bus is the
state’s first Soy Diesel bus.
(Turn to Pag* A 34)
Sept 20. at noon.
General News Tuesday,
Sept 21. at 5 p.m.
Classified Section C
Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m.
Other Classified Ads
Wednesday, Sept 22. 9 a.m.
Late-Breaking News -
WflSWMflay, Sept. 22 at noon.
of Berks County.
"The farm has been in the family
for mote than 100 years.” said
Karen during the festivities.
“We’re the fourth generation to
farm it."
“I plan to be the fifth,” Kris said.
Atlantic Dairy Names Quality Winners
Atlantic Dairy Cooperative
will present its 1993 Quality Pre
mium Award to 51 members who
earned t)ie cooperative’s quality
bonus all 12 months of the
1992-1993 fiscal year.
‘This award recognizes mem
bers who consistently produce
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, September 18, 1993
At the Soy Diesel demonstration are, on tractor, Bill. Robin, and Shawn Beam, soy
bean fanners. In front, Sara Nichols, Delaware Valley tIUR 1 Aff'touncil; Ken Peters,
National SoyDiesei Development Board; Mike Gerhart, vice-chairman, PA Soybean
Board; and Art Hers hey, state repreeentative from Chester County.
Karen noted that the whole fam
ily, including eldest son, Dwight,
18, and daughter Sherry, 16,
nonetheless help do everything on
the 300-acre farm. All of the child
ren are involved in numerous
school, church and sports activities
high quality milk for the coopera
tive,” said Don M. Brciner, Atlan
tic’s quality and Held services
manager. “We commend these
producers for their commitment to
During the past fiscal year,
which ended July 31, Atlantic paid
out $2.2 million in quality milk
in the community, as are Barry and
They milk 52 Holsteins and
average 17,850 pounds of milk,
which is shipped to Dietrich’s
Milk in Reading.
The Hoffmans live on the farm
bonuses. On average, 43.6 percent
of the cooperative’s membership
earned the extra payments
throughout the year.
Begun in 1987, the quality pre
mium program provides a finan l
cial incentive to members to pro
duce high quality milk. Members
must meet a series of seven quality
(Turn to Pago A 29)
Hall Named Junior Dairyman
Maryland Correspondent
Hall, 16-year-old daughter of Jim
my and Linda Hall of Church Hill,
Md., was named Junior Dairyman
at the Maryland State Fair. She
was the recipient of $3OO cash
award. Awards were sponsored by
the Maryland Purebred Dairy
Cattle Association and Midwest
The contest was open to indivi
dual 4-H or ERA members or a 4-H
or FFA team. Thirteen classes of
competition included judging
Holstein and Ayrshire heifers,
dairy goats, dairy steers and hay.
Identification of dairy products,
'meat and meat products, parts of a
complete milking system and
feeds were also part of the
Contestants were judged on
Rva Sections
owned by Barry's parents, Earl
and Pearl Hoffman, who retired
from fanning several years ago
and live in another home a few
miles away.
Before their present home, Bar
ry and his family lived on a
107-acre farm along Wiest’s
School Road, which they now rent
to another family.
It was in that home that the
Hoffman’s experienced the most
terrifying night of their lives.
It was September 1979, Karen
explained, and the weather had
been hot and muggy. Hurricane
David was making his way up the
coast, and on this particular night,
(Turn to Pag* A 35)
their comprehension of the milk
ing process and management prob
lems concerning herd health, nutri
tion and reproduction. Two written
exams were given, animal health
and breeding, and genetics and
milking process, dairy products
and general dairy industry
To complete the contest, the top
10 seniors were given a personal
interview with the official judges.
Miss Hall said the contest was
fun. She has been active in dairy
bowl and dairy judging contests in
the past, placing 4th in the Junior
Dairyman Contest last year. She
credits her farm chares and 4-H in
helping her win this contest April
'owns 17 head of Holsteins and
helps with the milking. She is also
responsible for picking out AI
bulls for their herd. ‘
(Turn to Pago A2O)
$19.75 Per Year