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II ill 11 ] UII Vol. 41 NO. 6 Researchers Work To Better Determine Contributers Of Nutrients VERNON ACHENBACH JR. Lancaster Farming Staff HARRISBURG (Dauphin Co.) The future of nutrient management in Pennsylvania appears that it will actually be a statewide, all-activities manage ment plan and not just a focus on agriculture and already regulated industry. The state developed the nation’s first mandatory nutrient manage ment planning laws in an effort to stem the uncontrolled flow of Public Hearings On. Regulations Coming EVERETT NEWSWANGER Managing Editor LEOLA (Lancaster Co.) —With the hearings for public input on the new Pennsylvania nutrient man agement regulations fast approach Advertising/News Deadlines For Holiday, Farm Show Issues The Christmas and New Year holidays and the annual Farm Show issue are fast approaching. This means many of the advertising and news dettdlfnetfor Lancaster Fanning will need to be early to acconunodate the publication of the Fifty yaars ago, Clara and Ralph Rlmmoy cam* to farm thasa 100 acraa •long Rout* 322 aaat of State CoHaga known as Tuaaay RWga. Today thair MUN Test Provides Basis For Dramatic Milk Production Increase EVERETT NEWSWANGER Managing Editor TUSSEYVILLE (Centre County)—Doug Rinuney thought he was getting about maximum production from his 70 Holstein cows. But last Tuesday, sitting around the farm shop table eating fried eggs and potatoes in the farm equipment and repair shed with Ids dad Ralph, Doug explained how the use of the new Milk Urea Nitro gen (MUN) test, offered by Pennsylvania DHIA, increased milk production by three pounds per day per cow in leu than two weeks. “As tight as it is in the dairy business, I thought that with a hard our size, it would not take too much to recov- 60s Par Copy nutrients into the stale’s surface and groundwaters. While regulations were already in place to deal with specifically known sources (point sources) of nutrients such as wastewater treatment plants there was undeniable evidence that other sources of nutrients were contami nating groundwater and threaten ing public health. These other sources could not be pin-pointed, though some activi ties such as agriculture and mal- ing, Lynn Langer, chief of the nutrient management program, Department of Environmental Pro tection (DEP), outlined basic facts about the program at the regular (Turn to Page A 36) (Turn to Pag* A3B) Lancaster Farming, Saturday, December 16, 1995 functioning residential on-lot sep tic systems were suspect These sources have been categorized as “non-point” sources. Starting Named Interim Dean Of Penn State Agricultural Sciences UNIVERSITY PARK (Centre Co.) —Dr. James L. Starling, senior associate dean and profes sor of agronomy in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim dean of the college, effective Jan. 1. Starling succeeds Dr. Lamar tine F. Hood, who announced last July that he would step down from the post, which he has held since March 1986. Starling has been responsible -far fiscal and personnel matters, strategic planning and physical facility development for the col lege. He was named associate dean for administration in 1985 and senior associate dean in 1993. His tenure as senior associate dean has been marked by many improvements in college facilities, including extensive renovations to the Armsby, Buckhout and Tyson er the price of tfae MUN test,” Dong said. “I didn’t tfaink it would be wise for us not to try it. We were getting out of our cows about all we could, but by just adding a pound of protein per cow per day my, what a difference.” Ralph and dan Rimmey rented the 100 acre Tusscy Ridge homestead that herders Route 322, east of State College in 1956 after Ralph got out of the U.S.Navy. They started with one month’s rent paid in advance and $l5O in pocket. In addition to their shoe-string start, Ralph claims he didn’t even know bow to run the milk ing machine. “You can’t start out small today and make it,” the Necessary Work This work into determining nutrient sources is necessary for many reasons. Dr. James L Staiiinik^ buildings, new poultry, dairy and greenhouse facilities, the con struction of the Agricultural Sci- ton and daughter-in-law, Doug and Belinda, and grandchildren Nathan, 17, and Brandi, 13, cany the fam«y*a love of tanning Into the future. Four Section* Starling has provided admini strative direction to the college’s farm operations and auxiliary enterprises such as the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the Agricultural Analytical Services , Laboratory. He also has coordi nated academic unit reviews. Starling was head of Penn State’s Department of Agronomy from 1969 to 1985. Prior to his appointment as deparment head. Starling was a research project leader in forage crop breeding and genetics. His primary responsibility was with perennial grass breeding and gNgetics. He also taught at the gra duate level, drawing students from throughout the university to his (Turn to Pago A 39) elder Rimmey said. “It’s a shame.” In 1959 the farm owner gave the Rimmeys nine months to round up the money to buy the farm, which they did. And since that time, they have been making a living at farming and building equity in their hum. About 17 years ago, father and son went into partner ship. Doug took over the cows, and Ralph manages the fields. In addition to the home farm, they tent 130 acres. But the highway that puts development pressure on the farm also makes it rough to get to productive landaway from the farm. (Turn to Pago A2l) $25.00 Par Yaar The nutrient of main concern in the Nutrient Management Act is nitrogen. While nitrogen is an (Turn to Mg* A 32) enccs and Industries Building, and the expansion of the college’s land holdings.