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    Agronomy Day Set
TOWANDA (Bradford Co.)
The 1994 Agronomy Day Spon
sored by Penn State/Bradford
County Cooperative Extension
and agribusiness exhibitors will be
held on Tuesday, March IS, at the
Wysox fireball.
The doors will open at 9 a.m.
for registration, coffee, and donuts
for visiting exhibitions.
The program will begin at 10
a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m.
Lunch reservations at $3 per per
son are due at the Bradford Coun
ty Cooperative Extension office
by Friday, March 4.
Interested agribusinesses that
may wish to display their offer
ings are also encouraged to con
tact the Bradford County
Cooperative Extension office as
soon as possible.
The meeting will provide the
opportunity to gain update pesti
cide credits for pesticide license
renewal for private and commer
cial applicators.
The meeting will feature Dr.
Doug Beegle, extension agronom
ist, and Dr, Dennis Calvin, exten
sion entomologist at the Pennsyl
vania State University.
Beegle’s first topic, beginning
at 10:45 a.m., will be the use of
soil testing reports and records to
monitor and ultimately manage
soil fertility. In the afternoon,
Beegle will discuss management
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nomic and economic benefits of
manure applications to crop fields
while minimizing environmental
At 11:20 a.m., Calvin will dis
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the forage crops common -to this
area. His afternoon presentation
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season com pests.
Also on the Agronomy Day
agenda is Mark Madden and Tom
Maloney, Bradford County agri
cultural extension agents. They
will make presentations during the
day regarding pesticide safety, the
Chemsweep program, and the
Worker Protection Standard, and
the worker protection training that
some employer producers may
need to provide to their
The afternoon session will
begin with the five-acre com crib
awards from the 1993 growing
Door prizes provided to partici
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will be awarded during the day.
Any questions regarding Agro
nomy Day can be directed to Mark
Madden at the Bradford County
Cooperative Extension office,
(717) 265-2896.
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Atlantic Breeders Co-operative
(Continued from Pago A 22)
by James Kreider, president of the
ABC Board of Directors, pub
lished in the cooperative’s annual
report to stockholder members,
“We see four reasons for a need to
restructure: maintain size of the
business: need for greater efficien
cy; importance of nonmember bus
iness to help finance the coopera
tive; position ourself to meet the
future changes that we see in the
dairy industry.”
The increased size of a new
cooperative membership would
obstensibly mean reducing over
head costs by eliminating redun
dant services provided now by the
three different cooperative
adminstrations. In other words, the
overall cost of running the new
cooperative would be less than
currently running all three
As a combined cooperative, the
strength of a larger stable of sires
to offer nonmembers could possib
ly compete better on the open
market with commercial
Bair said that a merger scenario
would probably mean having new
cooperative headquarters in Itha
ca, N.Y., where Eastern has a
more modem building than ABC.
But the Lancaster County stud
facilities for 200 bulls would con
tinue to be used, as would the
30-animal facility in Louisiana,
and Eastern’s more than 650 ani
mal facility.
Under the vision of a merger, as
it is forming, Bair said there
appears to be no reason to change
the efficiency of sire sampling;
semen collecting would be done at
Ithaca; and there would be no
interruption in service to members.
Along with the expected elimi
nation of some administrative
jobs, a new position would be
created. Bair said a person who
would work on research and deve
lopment would be added to the
administrative staff.
Among other questions posed
by a merger would be determining
the size of a board of directors.
Currently there are 16 members on
ABC’s board, 14 sit on Eastern’s
board, and Louisiana has a
25-membcr board of directors.
During Tuesday’s meeting sev
eral people said that a smaller
board of directors would probably
be better for a merged operation,
because of speed with which deci
sions could be made.
Also up in the air is what the
name of a merged cooperative
would be. Bair said all suggestion
are welcome.
“In reality, at this time, there are
more questions than answers,”
Bair said. “We’re talking about
ideas, not decisions. We need input
and we need more details.”
He said leadership is looking to
members to help provide this, so
that the organization continues to
be one that members want and
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Bair laid that members should
talk about this among each other
and with their elected representa
tives, directors and resource peo
ple. “Don’t be afraid to contact
these people,” he said.
Also Bair said that members
should stay in contact with
cooperative Held staff.
“As information becomes avail
able, we will inform employees,”
he said. “Please get your informa
tion from within the organization.”
Bair and other leaders of Atlan
tic Breeders Cooperative have
spent the past two weeks traveling
throughout its membership region
to hold 42 annual district meetings
for stockholder-members. The
agenda for each meeting included
presenting the possible merge.
In other business, Bair also
talked about members choice of
semen. He said that they shouldn’t
fall into the trap of using sires
merely because they top the most
recent list for predicted transmit
ting abilities.
Rather, he said that breeders
should select sires for what they
can do for the member’s herd.
Also during the meeting, rive
area dairymen were honored for
having high producing herds this
past year. Receiving certificates of
merit were J. Ray Ranck, Melody
Lawn Farm, Parke Ranck Jr., Clair
Landis, Ed Landis.
Awards were presented by local
technicians Naaman Stoltzfus,
Glen Geib, and George Shoe.
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