PASA Roundup

News & Events from PASA:
May 14 (Norwich, NY) – Pastured Poultry Workshop
Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornerstone Farm Ventures and the Fertrell Company, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Topics include:
  • Pastured Poultry 101, Jim McLaughlin, Cornerstone Farm Ventures – “all you need to know to begin raising poultry, from purchasing day old chicks all the way to processing and marketing…”
  • Pastured Poultry 201, Jeff Mattocks, the Fertrell Company – “more in-depth study with feed and watering requirements, poultry nutrition, and tips on natural and conventional treatments for poultry…”
  • Poultry Health, Dr. Jarra Jagne, Cornell Poultry Diagnostic Lab – “tools to help manage the health of your poultry flock…”

Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. To keep expenses low lunch will be on your own. Registration for the workshop is $20 per person. For more information or to register call: 607.334.9962 or on-line.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

June 1
(Gardners, Adams County) – Pollinator Conservation, Integrated Pest Management and the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

Join PASA, Three Springs Fruit Farm and Penn State University‘s Fruit Research and Extension Center to talk stink bugs, pollinators and beneficial insects. In 2009 & 2010, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) significantly damaged many fruit and vegetable crops in Pennsylvania in spite of both biological and chemical control efforts. As far as researchers know, there are about 100 species of stink bugs present in PA, many of which are native, beneficial species. While some stink bugs are pests, in well functioning fruit systems, most do not pose a serious threat. The BMSB, however, is an exotic, invasive species that has the potential to destroy crops and disrupt integrated pest management (IPM) programs in fruit operations. Dr. David Biddinger and Dr. Greg Krawczyk will discuss pollinators and beneficial insects in fruit systems, the current research on the BMSB’s life cycle and its presence as an invasive species in fruit systems.

June 4 (Sunbury) Jump Start Into Electric Fencing

Owens Farm in Sunbury, Pennsylvania will host a one-day workshop on controlling livestock with portable electric fencing. Participants will explore the speed and efficiency of netting and polywire options, learn livestock training strategies, and compare the pros and cons of different fencing styles. Sheep, hogs, poultry, horses and cattle are rotaionally grazed at Owens Farm, each with their own set of challenges. This is a hands-on learning experience and is limited to 15 to ensure maximum participation. The objective is to help producers make the best choices when investing in electric fence. There is a wide variety of products available, and it is not always obvious from catalog descriptions which will work best for a particular situation. The ‘buy it then try it” strategy can be unnecessarily expensive. The workshop is $45 for the first person from a farm or family, $40 for the second, and children 12 and under are free. For more details, agenda and registration, visit the Owens Farm website , or call (570) 286-5309. The hours are 8: 00 to 4:00.

Applications Available for Electronic Benefits Transfer at Farm Stands & Farm Markets 

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) will hold an application process for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) wireless terminals to be provided to farm stands or farmers markets for use in acceptance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The application period will begin Monday, April 25, 2011 and continue until all available EBT wireless terminals are granted to successful applicants. There are 145 EBT wireless terminals to be distributed.

Information about SNAP and the application form can be obtained at the PDA website at  or email (include EBT in the subject line). Interested persons may also contact Heidi Crager at 717-787-4956 for information and the application. Here’s a helpful link from the Farmers Market Coalition regarding EBTs.

Help farmers hit by the Alabama tornadoes

Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund program for tornado disaster relief: “The Federation will offer its Training Center in Epes, Alabama to house volunteers and others assisting those who have been displaced from the tornadoes. Assistance to devastated communities will also include food, water, clothing, equipment, supplies, to Tuscaloosa and surrounding rural communities, impacted by the storms (we used our facility in a similar way during the early weeks after Katrina in August/September 2005). Financial assistance is critical to offer this much needed support. Please consider donating on the Federation’s website.”

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