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Vol. 43 No. 44
Conservation Districts Remind Farmers Of Oct. 1 Deadline
VERNON ACHENBACH JR.
Lancaster Farming Staff
Co.) A number of county con
servation districts have been send
ing out reminders intended for
those who need to submit official
nutrient management plans the
deadline is OcL 1.
In fact, the Lancaster County
Conservation District has an open
letter to all of its fanners published
in this issue of Lancaster
It really applies to all fanners
across the state.
There is also an information
fonn to be filled out and sent to the
Committee Survey To Assay
Youth Dairy Show Program
VERNON ACHENBACH JR.
Lancaster Fanning Staff
UNIVERSITY PARK (Centre
Co.) The state Junior Dairy
Show Advisory Committee has
been conducting a survey of 4-H
and FFA members and patents, in
an attempt to discover whether the
existing program is meeting needs.
4-H and FFA youth and their
parents who have been attending
district dairy shows during the past
two months have received, or been
SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The 20th
annual Dairy Day was held Mon
day at the New York State Fair to
honor the dairy industry and bring
the dairy message to the largest
assembly of consumers possible.
Greetings from Gov. George C.
Patacki in the form of a proclama
tion and a keynote address from
State Ag Commissioner Donald
Davidsen provided the backdrop
for the recognition and awards
reception at the Empire Room in
the Art & Home Center.
"Dairy Day is in recognition and
appreciation for what all the dairy
families do in New York state,”
Gov. Patacki's proclamation said.
“We proudly join on this special
day to recognize the contributions
made by the men and women of the
New York state dairy industry and
the role in strengthening our eco
nomy and beautifying our rural
Commissioner Davidson said
farmers are the original environ
mentalists and that protecting the
environment and having people
live here is not mutually exclusive.
“We need to be practical. In the
past two years, federal, state, and
local governments spent over $lO
million in environmental manage
ment And over the past year, $lO
million was spent for farmland pro
tection. Even if you live in the most
A34 l t .
Lancaster County Conservation
District, for those within the pur
view of that district.
However, any farmer in the state
can use that same form to supply
information to his respective local
The nutrient management plans
are required by the state Nutrient
Management Act for existing and
new livestock operations that are
legally considered “concentrated
animal operations" (CAO).
CAOs are those farms that have
high animal populations, in com
parison to the available crop and
pastureland base that can receive
made aware of, the survey and
encouraged to respond and submit
them before leaving the show.
While the purpose of the survey
hat Caused some discussion and
some early speculation, according
In rM» iHCrr. head of the state
youth dairy program, “The main
thing is to determine if the (4-H
members and parents are
oftMPttable with the existing sys
tem, and if there is a value to the
(Turn to Pag* A 29)
Milk Promotion, Awards, Receive Top Billing
At New York State Fair Dairy Day
Promotion of milk by the state dairy Industry at
the New York State Fair is Intense. Here they sell
milk for 25 cents at the colorful rainbow milk bar. A
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, September 5, 1998
In other words, a thrcshhold has
been set, by law, for the number of
animals (actually the amount of
animal liveweight) that can be
raised on an acre of land, without
having to create and file an official
In the case of Rusmll Saudar, “You can’t taka tha farm out of tha farmer.” Although he and hie
wife Ruth paaaad their century farm onto tha next generation, they still enjoy harvesting tha
fruits of their labor. Turn to page B 2 for more about the story by Lou Ann Good.
$29.50 Per Year
nutrient management plan.
There is no legal limit on the
number of animals allowed per
acre on any farm; as long as a nutri
ent management plan is tiled for
those with high density operations.
special Dairy Day (Monday).atthe fair was dedicated
to the Industry in honor of Its 20th year. Photo by
Evaratt Nawawanger, managing adltor.
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and other applicable laws are
The regulations that implement
the state Nutrient Management Act
were approved Oct. I last year, and
(Turn to Pag* A 26)