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A26-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, December 27, 2003
2003: A Year Of Big Changes
(Continued from Page A 25)
speakers from Wisconsin, Cali
fornia, and the Pennsylvania De
partment of Agriculture.
Major agriculture trends dis
cussed at an ag issues forum in
Lancaster included consolidation,
globalization, governance, niche
markets, technology, and public
Margaret Tau of Crawford
County was named 2003 Granger
of the Year at the Pennsylvania
State Grange’s All-Granger Ban
quet in Exton.
Javier Moreno became the first
individual with a native language
other than English to be named
National FFA President. A native
of Puerto Rico, Moreno had
moved to Lebanon County in
2000, where he was hosted by the
Bill and Deb Lovett family and
attended Northern Lebanon High
School as a senior.
Lancaster County Cooperative
Extension announced the hiring
of Dr. Kenneth Griswold as a
new dairy agent, replacing Glenn
Pennsylvania Granger Bill
Steel was elected National
Farmers prepared to cope with
Pennsylvania nutrient manage
ment law changes, with new
phosphorus regulations and other
changes expected to be finalized
in 2004. The issues were examin
ed in a two-part series m Lan
caster Farming Nov. 15 and 22.
Don Robinson, administrator
of the Lancaster County Conser
vation District, announced his
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plans to retire at the end of the
At its annual meeting, the
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau hon
ored Sam Hayes with the Distin
guished Service to Agriculture
The Pennsylvania House of
Representatives rejected H.B. 66,
a bill that would remove agricul
tural use restrictions on 22.7
acres in Warren County, allow
ing a Wal-Mart to be built. The
vote was reversed in December,
and also passed the Senate.
Milk price (statistical uniform
price) in the Northeast was re
ported at $14.95 per hundred
weight. The Class 111 (milk used
for cheese) price was $13.47 per
hundredweight, compared to
$9.84 per hundredweight in No
Pennsylvania General Assem
bly passed House Bill 1222, a res
urrected version of last year’s
Senate Bill 1413. The legislation
will allow courts to require town
ships to pay a farmer’s legal costs
after challenging an ordinance if
it is determined that the officials
knowingly or recklessly violated
state law when adopting it.
BSE is reported in a dairy cow
in Washington state.
Lancaster Farming staff
worked hard this year bringing
you the latest news, reports, and
features. We also introduced a
number of new items in the
• Farm Show Showcase Sec
tion, Jan. 4 issue.
• Aqua Country component
901 Dawn Avenue, Ephrata, PA 17522
added to Grower and Marketer
section, March 8.
• 2003 Fair Guide, May 24
• New booklet, 2003 Auction
eer Guide, June 21 issue.
• New column. “Land and
Community,” by the Penn State
Capitol Region Community and
Economic Development Team,
April 12 issue.
• Turf and Tree section added
Aug. 30 issue.
• New column, “Farming On
The Edge,” June 7 issue.
• New column by the secretary
of agriculture, “Plans For Penn
sylvania,” July 5 issue.
• New front-page promo box,
“Inside The Farmer,” March 22
• Published bull proofs for first
time in May 17 issue.
• New column from Pennsyl
vania Farm Bureau legal counsel,
“Law of the Land,” Aug. 9 issue.
• New column for young and
beginning farmers, “Making An
Impact,” Dec. 13 issue.
Lancaster Farming in 2003
received two awards from the
Northeast Farm Communicators,
including best one-time project
(the first ever such award by
NEFC) for a daily Holstein con
vention newspaper and first place
for best ag photo.
On May 9, the newspaper host
ed the Penn State Capitol Region
Dairy Team at the Lancaster
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Northeast Order Uniform
Milk Price For November
BOSTON, Mass. Erik F.
Rasmussen, market administra
tor for the Northeast Federal
Milk Marketing Order, has an
nounced that the statistical un
iform price (SUP) paid by milk
dealers (handlers) regulated
under the Northeast Order dur
ing November 2003 is $14.95 per
hundredweight ($1.29 per gallon)
for milk delivered to plants locat
ed in Suffolk County, Mass. (Bos
ton). The producer price differen
tial (PPD) portion of the SUP for
November is $1.48 per hundred
weight for milk delivered to
plants located in Suffolk County,
Mass. The PPD ($1.48) combined
with the corresponding month’s
Class 111 price ($13.47) equals the
The SUP represents a bench
mark minimum price paid to
dairy farmers, prior to allowable
deductions, for farm milk con
taining 3.5 percent butterfat, 2.99
percent protein, and 5.69 percent
other solids. The actual price re
ceived by an individual dairy
farmer will vary as the composi
tion of a farm’s milk differs from
the component benchmarks. The
PPD represents each producer’s
share of the value generated by
the marketwide pool. The PPD is
added to the payment producers
receive for their milk's compo
nents and is adjusted for the loca
tion of the receiving plant(s). The
SUP and PPD decrease by sched
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uled amounts the further away
the plant(s) receiving the produc
ers’ milk is from Suffolk County,
The Class prices for milk pool
ed in November are as follows:
.Class I, $17.62 (Suffolk County,
Mass); Class 11, $10.99; Class 111,
$13.47; and Class IV, $10.30.
Comparable prices for November
2002 were: Class I $13.85, Class
II $11.26, Class 111 $9.84, and
Class IV price $10.58. The com
ponent values for November 2003
are protein, $2.9267 per pound;
butterfat, $1.2877 per pound;
other solids, $0.0368 per pound;
and nonfat solids, $0.6663 per
Milk receipts from producers
totaled 1.860 billion pounds.
Class I utilization, milk processed
as beverage milk, was 47.3 per
cent of producer milk receipts.
The Class I utilization was 47.2
percent in November 2002.
The manufacture of Class II
products such as cream, ice
cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese
utilized 18.1 percent of producer
milk. Milk used to manufacture
Class 111 products such as cheese
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