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Vol. 39 NO. 17
The Word Is Out: Grass Is In At Plum Bottom Farm
Managing Editor
Co.) “When you think about all
the government regulations, envir
Plum Bottom Farm Is home for John Rodgers, president
of the American Forage and Grassland Council, which cele
brates its 50th anniversary at the Lancaster Host Resort
next week. John, left, and his son Jim discuss their new
NMAB Approves Interim Criteria Modifications, Reviews Draft Regs
Lancaster Farming Staff
Co.) The Nutrient Manage
ment Advisory Board to the State
Conservation Commission on
Wednesday approved modifica
tions to the interim criteria for cer
tification of a nutrient manage-
Two Named To Pa. Holstein Hall
York Co. Correspondent
E. Wayne Beshore, New Cum
berland, and John Umble, Atglen,
are the newest members of the
Swine Producers Discover
Manure Management Alternatives
Lancaster Farming Staff
NEW HOLLAND (Lancaster
Co.) Opportunities to manage
manure through alternatives such
as cropping, grazing, pack bed
ding, and nutrient redistribution
are holding the doors open for
swine farmers who may be uncer
tain about what to do now that Pen
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onmental concerns and just plain
economics—all these things
together-the word is out, grass is
You would expect the president
ment specialist and reviewed a par
tial draft of proposed regulations
under the Nutrient Management
A quorum of the 15-member
board met in Room 309 of the state
Department of Agriculture build
ing in Harrisburg, despite a winter
storm warning and calls for accu-
Pennsylvania Holstein Hall of
Fame. The two were named to the
elite Hall of Fame during the state
cattle annual banquet
February 25 at the Gettysburg
Ramada Inn.
nsylvania has a nutrient manage
ment law.
Farmers have a variety of alter
natives once a plan is in place to
ensure the balance of nutrient
needs and environmental steward
ship for their high-producing crop
land, according to specialists at the
N utrient Management for Pennsyl
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, March 5, 1994
of the National Forage and Grass
land Council to make statements
such as this. But for John Rodgers,
an eighth generation farmer at
Plum Bottom Farm, this is what he
heifer-raising program that will utilize the new rotational
grazing method to feed cattle—after the green grass
emerges from under the snow cover, of course. Photo by
Everett Newswanger, managing editor.
mulations of 1 to 2 feet of snow.
The board last met in January,
having canceled its February meet
ing because of work delays caused
by a number of winter storms.
And while the Stale Conserva
tion Commission (SCC) is under a
tight deadline schedule to create
regulations and criteria for nutrient
Honored with the Pennsylvania
Holstein Association’s Young
Holstein Breeder award were
Dave and Phoebe Bitler,
York Countian Wayne Beshore
has had a lifelong career in agri
culture. A PHA member since
1946, he has served as president
and state director from York
County, state delegate to the
national convention for many
years, state convention chairman
in 1981 and on numerous county
and state committees.
From his first 12,000-pound
herd average in the late 1940’5,
Beshore built the herd to one of
the county’s first besting the
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believes. When Rodgers started in
1955, the family farm that had been
purchased in 1754 from John, Tho
mas and Richard Penn, son and two
grandsons of William Penn, was
management control, as set by the
Nutrient Management Act, no
additional meetings are being
scheduled to make up for the loss
of the February meeting.
The scope of business before the
board Wednesday ranged from
reviewing and approving modifi
cations to interim criteria for certi
Wayne and Athena Beshore accept the PHA Hall of Fame
recognition plaque from Dr. Dave Morrow, left, who chaired
the selection committee. Also honored with the Hall of
Fame recognition for 1994 was John Umble.
Five Sections
somewhat run down for several
generations. But this farm became
the inspiration to develop an envir
onmental consciousness long
before die term environmentalist
became popular.
“When I came along, I had a
feeling I wanted to do something to
leave the land better than I found
it,” Rodgers said. “Through 'for
age giants’ like Dr. John Washko
and Dr. John Baylor at Penn State,
and Dr. Raymond Hoglund at
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Maryland Sets
Md. There’s still time to make
reservations for the 1994 Mary
land Holstein Convention and
Sale, scheduled to be held March
11 and 12 at the Ramada Inn, in
Hagerstown, Md.
According to convention offi
cials, those wishing to make reser
vations should call Kevin Mellott
immediately at (301) 223-9220 to
reserve banquet and luncheon tick
ets for the convention.
The annual convention schedule
for regular business is on Friday,
March 11, starting at 9:30 a.m.
with registration, a dairy bar and
At 10:30 a.m., Kenlin Martin of
the Washington County Holstein
Club is to welcome the stale’s
breeders and delegates to the
northern part of the state.
He is to be followed immediate
ly by Oren Bender, president of the
Maryland Holstein Association,
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ficauon of a nutrient management
specialist, to reviewmg proposed
regulations for some of the initial
portions of the Nutrient Manage
ment Act.
The Act was created and made
into law as a foundation and out
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