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At the Grassland FFA Greenhouse Dedication ceremony on Tuesday afternoon
were the following Grassland FFA’ers, from left, Megan Frederick, vice president,
operations; Lisa Horning, chapter historian; Linda Huber, correspondence secretary;
Shannon Horst, chaplain; Jolene Ringler, treasurer; Darrel Weaver, vice president,
member relations; Jason Relf nsyder, state vice president, presenting the plaque hon
oring the contributors to the construction of the greenhouse; Joel Fox, BOAC co
chair; Jevon Shirk, student adviser; Wade Esbenshade, chapter president; Cheryl
Weaver, sentinel; Krista Hoover, records secretary; Andrea Snader, reporter; and
Connie Zeiset, vice president, operations.
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Dauphin Sets Field Day
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, October 23, 1993-A2l
VERNON ACHENBACH JR.
Lancaster Farming Staff
DAUPHIN (Dauphin Co.) A Nov. 4 Dauphin Coun
ty field day is scheduled to emphasize techniques for man
aging crop residue so that farmers can maintain
compliance with conservation plans, according to Paul
Craig, Dauphin County extension agent.
Craig said that what farmers do now to their fields, as
far as creating and maintaining crop residue levels, sets the
base for the amount of residue remaining after spring
Conservation plans, which are required in order to par
ticipate in federal programs, can be very specific for the
percentage of residue left on a field in spring.
In order to help producers keep from failing to comply
with their plans, a multi-agency effort is planned.
The field day, open to farmers in Dauphin and sur
rounding counties, is to be held Nov. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. at the Milton Hcrshey School Farm Technology Cen
ter, located cast of Hershcy.
The field day is being coordinated by the agencies
located in the Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural
Resource Center, in Dauphin.
Specifically, the agencies combining efforts include the
Dauphin County Conservation District, Penn Slate
Cooperative Extension, and USDA’s Soil Conservation
Service (SCS), and the Agricultural Stabilization Conser
vation Service (ASCS).
According an announcement from the county’s Conser
vation District, “using practical demonstrations, the 1993
Dauphin County Field Day will show how to farm for
residue management. In addition, the program will focus
on the need for conservation plan compliance, manure
application, and perennial weed control on reduced tillage
Those who attend the weed control session arc eligible
to receive a prcsticidc credit, but need to bring their license
along to the event in order to have the credit notated
According to the announcement, “The primary empha
sis will boon residue management using tillage equipment
that most farmers currently have. However, farmers
attending will have the opportunity to see some new til
lage equipment demonstrated.”
Scheduled speakers include Lynn Hoffman, agronom
ist from Penn Stale University, and Joel Myers, state agro
nomist for SCS.
Both are experienced in working with high residue
farming and can be expected to provide those attending
with help in best managing their own farm.
There will also be specialists, exhibitors and represen
tatives from all the organizing agencies making presenta
tions, doing demonstrations and answering questions.
According to the news release, to stay eligible for
USDA program benefits, “farmers must now protection
their land against soil erosion and preserve wetlands, as
required by the Food Security Act of 1985. Since 1990, if
you farm highly credible cropland without a conservation
plan, you will be ineligible for most USDA program bene
fits on all you cropland.”
The announcement also reminds producers that the con
servation plan must be fully implemented by Jan. 1,1995,
allowing one growing season to learn and plan for
Signs indicating the field day arc to be placed along
routes 422 and 322.
If farmers in northern Dauphin County call and express
enough interest, the Conservation District will sponsor a
bus to make stops in Gratz, Bcrrysburg, Elizabethville,
and Halifax. Those interested in riding a free bus to the
field day should call the district at (717) 921-8100 before
Also, a free lunch is to be provided from 11:30 a.m. to
The field-day program is set lo start at 9:30 a.ir.. with
registration, a welcome and introduction period at 10 a.m.,
and then right into a session on why farmers should be
concerned with implementation of their' conservation
Scheduled speakers are Rick Kcpner, a district conser
vationist with the SCS who is lo discuss farm plans, spot
checking and appeals; Ruth Hagy, executive director of
the Dauphin County ASCS who is lo discuss the impacts
of non-compliance on eligibility for USD A programs; and
Mike Hublcr, a resource conservationist with the county
Conservation District who is to discuss non-compliance
and the Clean Streams Law.
At 10:30 a.m., Lynn Hoffman, is to speak, followed by
Joel Myers at 11 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m. is to be a demonstration of tillage for
After lunch, Russel Casscl, assoicate director of the
Conservation District is to discuss the role of manure in
At 1:30 p.m., Paul Craig is to discuss perennial weed
control on reduced tillage acreage.
The last half hour is to be a review and question and