Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 31, 2003, Image 1

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    Vol. 48 N0.,23 5/
Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Raechel Kilgore criss
crosses the state promoting the dairy industry. The
Kilgores are typical of similar farm families who will
be featured in our June Dairy Issue next week. In
cluded will be family farm features, breed and asso
ciation news and highlights, and other great reading
for our dairy families. Turn to page B 2 for more
about the Kilgores, who have a long history of in
volvement in community and farm leadership activi
Monsours Receive First Pa.
Business/Agricultural Loan
Bedford Co. Correspondent
BEDFORD (Bedford Co.)
Jack and Kathy Monsour, Bed
ford, have received the first agri
culture-related business loan in
e Longtime sheep farmers in the
rolling-hilled Dutch Comer area,
Jack and Kathy have a flock of
1,000 North Country Cheviots.
The Monsours purchased their
first farm 12 years ago, complete
with a turn-of-the century farm
house. When buying the land,
they agreed to allow the owner to
, r emain in the house for 10 years.
At the end of the decade,
Eithy was ready to move into ac
•n, turning the house into a va
tion home known as The Sil
Conservation Efforts Prove Successful At Diversified Schertel Farm
From left: Mark, Marie, and George Schertel host a
farm tour highlighting the many conservation measures
completed during the past year on their Lynn Township
houette. It offers a picturesque
view of their sheep dotted fields,
a spacious lawn, and a hot tub
where one can view the stars and
listen to the restful sounds of
baaing sheep.
Inside, Kathy’s meticulous
housekeeping habits have created
an elegant but very practical en
Helped in their agricultural
ventures by their two sons. Jack
son and Burt, the Monsours offer
a variety of entertainment for
their guests. Since the home is
centrally located on the farm,
guests can watch not only the
sheep but the Border Collie and
Great Pyrenees dogs at work.
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Four Sections
Pictured is Blair Minnich, Annville, leading yearling “Iron Princess,” one of his racing
string. One of Minnich’s mares has been in the spotlight lately as her son, Peace Rules,
has gained national recognition. See story page Al 9. Photo by Michelle Kunjappu
Wolff Names New Farm Show Team
Co.) Pennsylvania Agriculture
Secretary Dennis Wolff an
nounced Wednesday the appoint
ment of a new management team
to oversee the operations of the
Farm Show Complex in Harris
Wolff named Bill L. Wehry of
Klingerstown, Schuylkill County,
as deputy secretary; Edward L.
Nielsen of Harrisburg, Dauphin
County, as Farm Show director;
and Larry R. Weaver of New
Holland, Lancaster County, as
chief of the Show Management
“The addition of these three
Carbon Co. Correspondent
NEW TRIPOLI (Lehigh Co.)
Members of the fanning com
munity recently visited the
100-acre Lynn Township farm of
Mark, Marie, and George Scher
tel, where they saw firsthand sev
eral examples of how producers
can benefit from the efforts and
cooperation of agencies that pro
vide programs to help protect
and improve conservation mea
Former dairy producers from
Montgomery County, the Scher
tels purchased their property in
1955 and moved to the farm in
1960, where they raise beef cattle,
hogs, com, small grains, and hay.
The farm is situated on the
rolling hills of western Lehigh
County in an area where some of
Saturday, May 31,2003
experienced managers to the
Farm Show team will strengthen
and complement an already
strong Bureau of Farm Show,”
Wolff said. “Together, we will
continue to improve the quality
of shows and events hosted by
this world-class facility.”
As deputy secretary, Wehry
will have responsibility for the
Bureau of Farm Show and other
bureaus within the agriculture
Wehry is an owner/partner of
Meadow Creek Farms, Schuylkill
County, where he developed a
knowledge of the livestock and
crops industries.
those rolling hills can be quite
steep. The lay of the land is ideal
for running a beef cow-calf oper
ation utilizing the steeper slopes
for pasture for their 70 head of
crossbred cattle.
The Schertel family also has a
farrow-to-finish swine operation,
and although the family hopes to
incorporate conservation mea
sures in the swine operation in
the future, they knew their priori
ty was to improve and protect the
stream that runs through their
property and pastureland.
Initially the Schertels con
tacted the Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) in
1997 about the Environmental
Quality Incentive Program
(EQIP) but were not selected.
They kept trying every year and
were finally selected for the pro-
$37.00 Per Year
Wehry has worked toward the
advancement of federal farm pol
icy and the implementation of
farm programs in Pennsylvania.
He has served six years on the
USDA Farm Service Agency
State Committee, including four
years as chairman. He is also a
member of the Schuylkill/Carbon
County Farm Bureau, Pennsyl
vania Farm Bureau, Pennsylva
nia Farmer’s Union, the Schuyl
kill County Board for Farmland
Preservation, and the Pennsylva
nia Pork Producers Council.
Nielsen brings more than 20
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gram in 2001. Once they were no
tified of their selection, everyone
the Schertel family and various
agencies worked together to
get the project up and going.
The Schertels wanted to take
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