Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 06, 2000, Image 1

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V 01.45 No. 27
Farm Organizations Call To Renew Over-Order Premium
Lancaster Farming Staff
Co.) The Pennsylvania Milk
Marketing Board (PMMB)
heard testimony to renew the
over-order premium paid for
The quaint feel of spring in Lancaster County can be found everywhere you go. Cows
rest in the meadows, streams flow gracefully, and Amish farmers with their teams work
in hope of another good growing season.
The Pennsylvania Ag Statistics Service said farmers are actively plowing, and planting
oats, potatoes, field corn, and sweet corn. In addition, many farmers were fixing fences,
getting machinery ready to run, ordering supplies, spreading lime and fertilizers, haul
ing manure, spraying herbicides, and pruning trees.
Oats are emerging in many districts and are in good to excellent condition. Corn and
potato planting began, but it was too wet to plant In most areas. Barley is heading ahead
of the norm and alfalfa and other hay crops are growing well with some weevil problems
reported. Pasture growth is slow in many areas and prohibits intensive grazing.
Fruits and vegetables continue to progress around the state. Much of the fruit crop is
now in full bloom. Vegetable farmers are beginning to plant sweet corn, cabbage,
onions, lettuce, peppers, radishes, and tomatoes. Many farmers are still waiting for soil
to dry before beginning the planting season.
In the photo, the pastoral scene includes the Weaver farm along South Farmersville
Road, Just south of Farmersville. The team scenes were pictured along Musser School
Road, southwest of New Holland. Photos by Everett Newswanger, editor
Four Sections
Class I milk at a hearing held
this Wednesday in the Pennsyl
vania Department of Agricul
ture building.
Three organizations repre
senting Pennsylvania dairy
farmers testified to renew the
Pastoral Lancaster County
Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 6, 2000
over-order premium established
by PMMB, which expires on
June 30. All three groups, which
include the Pennsylvania Farm
Bureau (PFB), Pennsylvania
State Grange, and Middle At
lantic Cooperative Milk Market
$32.00 Per Year
ing Association (MACMMA),
called for a new over-order
premium to be established that
would expire in six months.
The current over-order prem
ium is $1.20 per hundredweight
for all Class I milk produced,
processed, and sold in Pennsyl
vania. Both PFB and
MACMMA called for the new
over-order premium to be estab
lished at $l.OO, while Pennsylva
nia State Grange requested that
the current premium of $1.20 to
be continued through the end of
the year.
Joel Rotz testified on behalf of
the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
According to John Bell, who
works with Rotz at the Farm
Bureau, an over-order premium
Myers Named SCPCA
Cattleman Of The Year
York Co. Correspondent
DOVER (York Co.) Dal
lastown beef John
Myers was recently named Cat
tleman of the Year by the South
Central Pennsylvania Cattle
men’s Association (SCPCA).
Myers received the honor
during the association’s annual
dinner and business meeting at
the Dover Fire Hall. About 200
members and guests of the beef
industry organization attended
the event, which included a beef
industry trade show.
“Cattleman of the Year is
awarded annually to one of our
members or associates who
shows leadership with our dif
ferent organizational functions
through the year,” said outgoing
SCPCA president Terry
Shearer, Abbottstown. “John
marinates all the meat for our
three annual beef-sandwich fun
draisers held through the year.”
The Gettysburg Battlefield FFA was youth pro
grams to receive grants as part of Pennsylvania’s Agricul
ture and Rural Youth Grant Program. FFA Adviser Ron
Sollenberger, along with agricultural students Caridace
Flickinger and Bobbi McCollough, will use the grant money
to develop an environmental/earth center on the 125-acre
school property. Turn to page A3O. Photo by Jayne Sebright.
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set at $1 would be sufficient to
maintain current marketing
“We looked at the projected
prices for the next six months
derived from BFP future prices
and at the current trend in
which both Pennsylvania milk
production and cow numbers
are increasing,” said Bell.
“Based on the projections and
the increasing trend, we felt a
slight adjustment downward
would be appropriate.”
Bell cautions that farmers
should remember Class I milk
price is only one factor that fig
ures into what the farmer sees
on his or her milk check.
“If Pennsylvania is out of line
(Turn to Pago A 36)
Shearer said, “Since we sell
about 10,000 sandwiches at the
three events, preparing the meat
is a vital part of the fundraisers’
Myers was unable to attend
the award presentation, but ac
cepted his recognition plaque at
a later date.
A rotating memorial trophy
which is awarded in the name of
Myers’ late father, Jack Myers,
went to Hope Long, Airville,
who exhibited the supreme
champion beef heifer at the
York Fair. The Jack Myers Me
morial Trophy is presented each
year to the exhibitor of the York
Fair youth division who wins
this honor.
Also recognized during the
meeting was Southern School
District elementary teacher
Crystal McGhee. The SCPCA
sponsored McGhee to attend the
(Turn to Page A 25)