Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, April 19, 2003, Image 10

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335 High School
Students To Compete In
Penn State Envirothon
BEDFORD (Bedford Co.) The 20th Pennsylvania State Enviro
thon will take place at Penn State Mont Alto, near Chambersburg,
Franklin County, Monday and Tuesday, May 19 and 20.
Approximately 335 high school students will compete in the areas
of aquatics, forestry, soil and land use, wildlife, and current environ
mental issues. The environmental issue for this year’s event is Farm
land Preservation and-Conservation.
County conservation districts from 67 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties
are expected to sponsor teams to this year’s competition. The county
representatives will qualify for the statewide event by winning local
Envirothon events involving over 15,000 youth from nearly 500 high
schools across the Commonwealth.
Monday, May 19, teams will have the opportunity to participate in
an Oral Component event as part of the Pennsylvania State Enviro
thon. At this time the oral component is voluntary; therefore, scores
from this segment of the event will not be included in the team’s over
all score. Separate awards will be given to the top ten oral component
teams. The station tests will take place on Tuesday, May 20.
The Pennsylvania Envirothon along with its partners The USDA
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pa. Fish and Boat Commis
sion, Pa. Game Commission, Pa. DCNR Bureau of Forestry and State
Parks, the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pa.
Department of Agriculture assure the continued success of the pro
gram. These committed partners provide educational reference mater
ials for over 700 participating high school teams as well as technical
expertise, knowledge, and manpower at not only the state event but
also at 66 county events.
Pennsylvania’s sixty-six county conservation districts, the State
Conservation Commission and the Pennsylva
nia Association of Conservation Districts spon
sor the Envirothon program.
Special project funding from the State Con
servation Commission enabled the program to
become established statewide in 1984. Corporate
sponsorship continues to allow the Pa. Enviro
thon Board of Directors to ensure a quality
event for all those who participate. The pro
gram’s first corporate sponsor was the Hershey
Foods Corporation from 1992-1997.
In 1997 the program secured corporate spon
sorship from Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Associa
tion. In 1999, the Pennsylvania Power and Light
(PPL) Company became a sponsor. This year,
the Nestle Water North America Inc. has joined
the Envirothon as a corporate sponsor.
Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener grant pro
gram has enabled the Envirothon to upgrade its
website, develop and purchase education and
outreach resources and tools as well as sustain
the program.
Sponsors and partners of the program will
present awards to the top ten teams. Station
awards are also presented to the teams with the
highest score in a specific area.
The winning team will represent Pennsylva
nia at the 2003 Canon Envirothon, which will
take place in Emmitsburg, Md., on July 26-Aug.
1, on the campus of Mt. Saint Mary’s College.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and
the Pennsylvania Game Commission provide
grant funding to cover transportation and lodg
ing for the five-member team and its advisors
Pennsylvania Farm
Bureau Asks PMMB
for Premium Hearing
CAMP HILL (Cumberland Co.) The Penn
sylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has petitioned the
Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board (PMMB) to
conduct a hearing regarding the continuation of
the over-order premium for Class I (fluid) milk.
Currently, the over-order premium is set at
$1.55 per hundred pounds of milk. This repre
sents a $1.40 premium, along with an extra 15
cents fuel adjustment. The premium is set to ex
pire on June 30.
“We hope the board will schedule a hearing
date in the near future, which would allow them
sufficient time to consider and act upon the
pricing issue before June 30,” said PFB Presi
dent Guy F. Donaldson.
“We know farmers continue to experience
historically low prices and we would expect the
board to consider continuing the premium at
some level for the remainder of 2003,” said Don
Since 1988, PMMB has mandated an over
order premium be added to federal order prices
for Class 1 (fluid) milk produced, processed and
sold within Pennsylvania’s borders.
caution that most of the variation
in Class 111 prices over the last 10
years was as a result of big
swings in milk production levels.
Demand steadily increased be
cause of strong growth in the
U.S. economy. That is not the
case now, because the economy is
much weaker. Hence my conser
vative estimates.
What the market is looking for
is some response in the milk sup
ply to low milk prices. This
would be a leveling off or reduc
tion in the number of cows on
farms. I have a number of con
tacts in the West who tell me that
the month-after-month growth in
cow numbers in the western half
of the U.S. will begin to slow.
Most have maxed out their cow
facilities and milk production per
cow. Others are facing steep
losses, and financing for further
expansions just may not be there.
From Left; Kirk, Scott, Joel, Betty & Roy Hetrick
Designed and Constructed by Triple H Construction, Ephrata, PA
Directions: Take Route 422 to Route 419. Turn north on 419 to the second road on the right which is
Bernville/Christmas Village Road. Go the Host Church Road. Go 1/2 mile to the first road right, which is
Hetrick Road. Go 1/4 mile to the job site on the left. The farm lane enters at the sharp turn.
■ (2) 94' x 640 4 row fr eestall barns
■ HOPE 2 stage lined lagoon
■ Flush system by Agpro
■ 48 Stall rotary parlor
■ Direct load into milk tankers
■ 64 x 132' parlor & holding area
■ 91' x 224' special needs barn
■ Monsanto ■ Albers Equipment
■ Kathy Barry Nationwide ■ Genex
Insurance ■ Land O' Lakes
■ Sturdy Built ■ Willow Creek Veterinary Asso
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A Division of Manufacturers and Trade? s Trust Comoanv
John W. Risser, Lancaster
Wayne A. Steinour, Hanover
Weekly Dairy Market Outlook
(Continued from Page Al 6)
Another factor that could real
ly help is for the economy to
show signs of improvement. The
recent Coalition successes in Iraq
will go a long way to improve
consumer confidence, eradicate
some of the terrorist threats that
many would-be travelers face,
and help Wall Street get back on
its feet. Hopefully consumers will
feel better about their lives and
begin to spend more. A stronger
economy will very likely translate
into stronger spending on dairy
So, as you tear open you milk
checks and look at the bottom
line, remember, things will be im
proving. It’s just a matter of how
much milk prices will strengthen
by the fall. My estimate of a Class
Here’s something Lancaster Farming sub- -jSak,
scribers have been waiting for: the 2003
Lancaster Farming Fair Guide booklet, sched- Xgpp’
uled to premier May 24. Thousands of our
readers count on Lancaster Farming to provide V
them with the latest fair news during the summer and
fall season. You can look toward the fairs with this exten
sive directory, covering an eight-state region. Planned is
a list of fairs and fair association news. Will photos of
your family turn up in the book from fairs around the
region? Check it out!
Leroy Schannauer
Plumbing &
1919 Old Lancaster Pike
Sinking Springs, PA 19608
Berks County, Bernville, PA
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
900 head Dairy Facility
expanded to 1200 head
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11l price peak of $ll-$l2 per
CWT will be achievable if we
have some reduction in cow num
bers and a slight improvement m
the economic outlook.
Next week I'll be reporting to
you from Moldova, a tiny coun
try sandwiched between Roma
nia and Ukraine. I’ll be doing
some volunteer work there with a
small dairy cooperative through
the Citizen's Network for Foreign
Affairs. If the technology works,
I should be able to update my
Website from the capital city of
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