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According to staff, it takes about
three months to get a decent com
post and the compost has to be
turned occasionally to keep the
microbes thriving. A thermometer
is used to monitor the temperature
of the compost
While much of the information
is available through printed mater
ials, the hands-on demonstrations
provide a better look at the real life
Other demonstrations at Ag
Progress were not intended for
large audiences, but served large
numbers of people over the dura
tion of the event
A panel of university experts
manned a tent devoted to answer
ing public questions about land
scaping, lawn care and turf man
agement; another site was manned
by Tom Calvert with the USDA
SCS who had several types of
electric fencing displayed and
explained to interested visitors the
uses and limitations of each type.
Making a first appearance since
1977, the Pennsylvania Depart
ment of Agriculture’s Bureau of
Weights and Measurements dis
plays its equipment and truck.
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The buruea is responsible for
certifying the accuracy of any
commercial scale in any business
in the commonwealth, from a
pharmacy, to gas station to the post
office, to the dealer of precious
metals, according to Rick Fogal, a
supervisor for the bureau.
On display was the bureau’s
standard weights used to certifying
scales and its truck, which carries
25,000 pounds of test weights.
The bureau is manned by 14
field people and three supervisors
who have a wide and expanding
range of responsibilities, such as
making sure that milk cartons actu
ally have the amount of milk as
claimed on carton, or that cheese
packages actually contain as much
cheese as claimed.
A more recent responsibility
was added to the bureau’s in July
when it was authorized to start
conducting octane testing of gaso
lines, in addition to ensure that gas
pumps actually pump the amount
of fuel indicated on the pump.
According to Fogal, the bureau
is to begin octane testing as soon as
a federal grant comes through
which will provide the funds
necessary to carry out the duties.
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(Continued from Pago Ai) m ent Techniques to reduce use of
ties in his plan for agriculture, chemical pesticides.
They include: ‘Expanding the food processing
•Reducing farming costs by sup- industry by promoting greater
porting expansion of Penn State inter-agency cooperation between
efforts in Integrated Pest Manage- DOA and Department of Commer-
Mark Slngel, lieutenant governor, right, expounds on
what he will do for farmers If elected governor at a press
conference at Ag Progress Days. Boyd Wolff, state agricul
ture secretary, gave the keynote address at Government/
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ce in promoting the food process
•Promoting farm product
exports by doubling the funding for
state export promotion to $1 mil
lion to increase the number of
trade-shows for agricultural
businesses and establishing an
export loan guarantee program for
companies and fanners seeking
foreign market opportunities.
•Promote rural health by sup
porting legislation for $500,000 to
create a farm safety demonstration
and education program.
In addition, Singel said termers’
mistrust of DER “is not
unfounded,” and he proposed to
separate out of DER the resource
development functions. “We are
taking a look at moving the deve
lopment aspects into a different
realm, whether into the Depart
ment of Agriculture, the Depart
ment of Commerce, or somewhere
else, remains to be seen,” Singel
said. “But it is time to protect the
environment, but make DER user
friendly and practical.”
Wolff Keynote Speaker
In the govemment/industry day
program, after Dean Lamartine
Hood introduced elected officials
and persons from private industry
who support Penn State, Secretary
Wolff gave the keynote address.
Wolff said that as he looks back on nearly
eight years, (He has attended Ag Progress Days
every year since his appointment.) the change
from dairy farming to becoming a bureaucrat
was like a mid-life crisis.
In the past year, two major initiatives have
occupied the efforts of the department The Ag
Land Preservation program has now preserved
450 farms with 53,000 acres. He said the deve
lopment pressures in the ’Bo’s were causing the
loss of 90,000 acres each year.
And the animal health commission has deve
loped a diagnostic system among PDA’s Sum
mcrdale Lab., Penn State’s lab., and Penn’s New
Bolton Center Lab. The state budget this year
includes $3.6 million, half for Penn State and
half for the University of Pennsylvania to finish
the facilities to complete this system. When it is
up and running, Pennsylvania will have the best
animal health support system in the nation.
Wolff announced the addition of 10 counties
to CHEMS WEEP, a disposal program that helps
fanners get rid of unwanted pesticides. “Through
this program, growers can safely dispose of
hazardous materials,” Wolff said. “We are
pleased to administer the program with the coop
eration of the Penn State extension offices.
The new counties listed are: Armstrong,
Berks, Butler, Chester, Columbia, Erie, Luzerne.
Mifflin, Montour, and York counties. These
counties selected for cleanup activity in 1995
brings to 32 the number of counties involved in
To date, over 73,000 pounds of pesticides
have been collected from the first 13 counties
Wolff secs several major challenges for agri
culture in the coming years. The need to farm
without adversely affecting the environment is a
major challenge. Many of the farm programs are
now tied to conservation with state and federal
regulations on how to handle waste.
The new international agreements also pose a
challenge. GATT and NAFTA take us into a
global economy and a global market.
The way we react to technology will also pro
vide the only way to be able to continue to feed
the growing population. In addition, it is the most
promising way to reduce chemical use.
And and finally, we need consumer outreach.
We need to reach out and tell consumers we
have the safest food on earth,” Wolff said. “We
enjoy the highest standard of living of any coun
try because of the efficiency of our farmers. We
need to tell consumers we care about the environ
ment, and we care for our animals. It’s in our best
interest to do so.
“Since we are less than two percent of the
population, farmers need to reach out to those
who make public policy so that they have a basic
understanding of agriculture. If we do, these
policy-makers will be more likely to institute
legislation that farmers can live with.”