Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 28, 1994, Image 1

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Voi. 39 No. 29
To Preserve? Not Preserve? At Stake May Be A Family’s Financial Future
Lancaster Farming Staff
POINT PHILLIP (Northampton
Co.) —Daniel Schiegel, like many
farmers in the slowly disappearing
agricultural area north of Allen
town, understands how hard it is to
continue farming. Especially with
some lots selling to development at
$30,000 per acre.
What’s the sense of trying to
maintain a small cash cropping
when the land is more
valuable for developing than to
continue to make a living as a grain
But Schiegel, who farms about
28S acres below the Blue Moun
tains in Moore Township, worries
about the future. Will he have
enough money to see him through
Will there be enough for his
childrens’ education?
During an interview recendy at
his farm, Schiegel. who farms part
time and works full-time as an air
compressor mechanic, described
how one farmland preservation
meeting went with some of the loc
al farmers. “It was not really an
upbeat meeting,’’ he said. "A lot
of full-time farmers had serious
doubts about the program.’’
If some lots sell at $30,000 an
acre, then is their farm worth $3
“Most of them don’t have a son
coming behind them that wants to
farm, unfortunately,” said
PDA Advises
Beef, Dairy Herd Owners
Tighten Biosecurity
HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.)
State Agriculture Secretary
Boyd E. Wolff Thursday advised
owners of Pennsylvania beef
cattle and dairy herds to tighten
biosecurity practices at their oper
ations due to a disease that has
affected dairy herds in western
counties this spring.
Testing has indicated that the
animals may have been afflicted
by BVD virus (bovine viral diar
rhea) or PI3 virus (parainfluenza),
or a combination of both.
Office Will Be Closed Monday
Dairy Issue Coming Next Week
The annual dairy issue will come to you from Lancaster
Farming next week. Special features on farm and herd man
agement ate scheduled, as well as messages from our
In addition, the first of the annual dairy recipe presentation
in Section B will be published, and our livestock, grain, and
auction reports and regular columns will be in place.
Watch for next week’s special tribute to the dairy farmers
and agribusinesses which help provide the consumer with
milk and all those other wholesome dairy products.
Special Note: Our office will be closed Monday, May 30 to
observe Memorial Day. But our office will reopen for busi
ness at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
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Schiegel. “And they feel that
they’re going to go until they can’t
do it anymore and then they’re
going to start to sell.’’
Daniel Schlegel, left, a third generation farmer In North
ampton County, wants to provide a future for his children,
including Billy, here. Recently, he signed awaydevelopment
rights for his property. About 95 acres went through an ease
“Although the present outbreak
of this disease appears to be sub
siding, it is wise to take measures
to ensure that it doesn't spread to
other herds,” Wolff said.
Cattle owners are advised to
minimize unnecessary contacts
with other herds and to consult
■ veterinary practitioners for advice
regardingfprotective measures.
Persons having contact with
cattle exhibiting signs of, or
known to have been exposed to
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 28, 1994
But not Schiegel.
Instead, the third generation far
mer wants to provide a future for
his children.
Bovine Stars Bring Milk Message
To Millions At Baseball Game
Managing Editor
Stoltzfus, the Morgantown dairy
man who has “gone to bat” for
dairy promotion before, did it
again for a Veterans Stadium full
house crowd prior to the Phillies/
Mets baseball game Sunday. Well
actually, it was Andy’s two, mostly
The bovine stars head for the batter's box at home plate.
Recently, he signed away deve
lopment rights for his property.
About 9S acres went through an
easement purchase agreement
ment purchase agreement through the state Farmland Pro
tection Board. In front Is Reo, their purebred boxer. Photo by
Andy Andrews.
while, squeaky-clean registered
Holstein cows that came up to
home plate to be milked for fun by
two competing city-slicker teams
that hardly knew which end of the
cow to sit down to. But the teams
were good sports and had a lot of
And, like the Phillifes who won 8
to 3 with a barrage of home runs.
Four Sections
through the state Farmland Protec
tion Board.
Easement establishes a price
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the cows performed well 100. No
extra deposits on the green astro
turf meadow, no kicked buckets,
noTighting the halter, very profes
sionally relaxed, to give the win
ning team of Philadelphia radio
and TV celebrities six-plus pounds
of milk while the losing Philadel
phia school district food services
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$21.00 Per Year