Agriculture briefs

Students receive jackets

HARRISBURG — Five Tyrone Area High School agricultural education students recently received their FFA jackets.

Those receiving their jackets at the FFA Mid-Winter Convention in Harrisburg were: Garin Hoy, Mara Focht, Karly Diebold and Lyndsey Fleck. Laura Kohler was absent and received hers later at school.

Tyrone students compete

HARRISBURG — Eighteen Tyrone Area High School agricultural students competed in the Pennsylvania State FFA AgriScience Competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

There were 101 displays with reports in 26 different categories. The weather canceled the interview sessions to take place on Jan. 5 but the displays and written reports were judged on Jan. 8.

In February the posters and boards will be on display in the CTE wing of the school as part of the National FFA Week Celebrations.

Conrad receives degree

HARRISBURG — David Conrad of Tyrone Area High School received his Keystone FFA Degree at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show. David is the fourth child of Samuel and Dana Conrad to receive this honor.

His sisters Amanda Houston, Alison Conrad and Elizabeth Conrad previously received the degree.

PFB wins six awards

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau won all six awards it was eligible to receive, including the Pinnacle Award and New Horizon Award, at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting in Nashville.

The Pinnacle Award is the highest award a state Farm Bureau can earn for overall program and membership achievement, while the New Horizon Award is presented to states with the most innovative new program. PFB won the New Horizon Award for the creation and implementation of “Pennsylvania Ag Literacy Week.”

FSA election results

HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon/Blair County U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Melissa Webreck announced that county committee elections are over and the ballots have been counted.

Cindy Bigelow of Williamsburg was elected to represent local administrative area 2 and Willard Yoder Jr. of Huntingdon was elected to represent local administrative area 3.

Area schools recognized

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf recently applauded 12 Pennsylvania schools for their demonstrated excellence in career and technical education, and congratulated them on earning a Career and Technical Education Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Area recipients include: Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School, Altoona Area High School, Mount Union Area Senior High School and Tyrone Area High School.

Detwilers honored

RESTON, Virginia — Dairy farmers Brian and Rachel Detwiler of Altoona were recently named the 2018 Outstanding Young Cooperators for Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative.

As outstanding young cooperators, the Detwilers are invited to attend co-op board meetings, plus attend events hosted by the National Milk Producers Federation in Washington, D.C., and Phoenix, Ariz.

Food safety program set

HUNTINGDON — Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer a ServSafe Food Safety Certification training course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 and from 9 a.m. to noon with the certification exam at 1 p.m. March 5 at Penn State Extension Office,10722 Fairgrounds Road, Suite 6, Huntingdon.

Cost for the two-day certification course is $185.

Elaine Smith, Penn State Extension educator, will be the instructor.

For more information, contact the Blair County Extension Office at 940-5989. Registration deadline is Feb.19, seating is limited. Register online at or call registration support at 877-345-0691.