Agriculture briefs


Youth Dairy Days set

For young people wanting to learn more about modern dairy farming, Penn State Extension Dairy Team’s Youth Dairy Days in South Central Pennsylvania offer a wide ranging educational program with hands-on activities to broaden their knowledge.

Designed for youth between the ages of 5 and 18, the program will engage young people in multiple aspects of dairy production while helping them gain a better understanding of the science involved in dairy farming.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 15 at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.

Registration is required for both youth and adults that are participating. Visit

/youth-dairy-day for more information and to register.


Students take part in event

Tyrone Area Agricultural Education Students developed and presented four interactive stations for Environmental Excitement Day at Reservoir Park for Tyrone Area Elementary School Kindergarten students.

The stations included: Identifying Venomous and Non-Venomous snakes, Importance of Bees, Farm to Table and Different Seasons in Pennsylvania and their impact on the environment.


4-H team recognized

Members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet congratulated members of a team of local youth who accomplished international victory through teamwork, leadership, and a combination of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Olesiak and Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko of the Department of Community and Economic Development, recently attended an open house at the build shop for the Centre County 4-H Robotics Club in State College, where team members demonstrated their robot.

The team built a robot for entry in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, competing against more than 3,600 teams from 27 countries through semifinals in March and the championship round in late April.

The Centre County team joined with three other teams in an alliance to secure the final victory, shared between the four teams of the alliance.


FFA officers elected

The Tyrone Area FFA Chapter will be celebrating its 81st year under the leadership of the 2018-19 Chapter Officer Team.

The team includes: MaKenna LaRose, president; Garin Hoy, vice president; Haylee Blowers, secretary; Karly Diebold, treasurer; Kaylee Updike, reporter; and Guy Williams, sentinel.

The officers will meet this summer to develop public speaking and leadership skills, set officer team goals and formalize their message about the Tyrone Area FFA Chapter.


Farm Bureau earns awards

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau won five communications awards, including the prestigious Dave Lane Award for Media Relations Excellence, during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Communications Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Dave Lane Award for Media Relations Excellence was presented to Mark O’Neill, PFB’s Director of Media and Strategic Communications. The award recognizes the state Farm Bureau that does the best job of building and maintaining working relationships with members of the news media.

O’Neill also received the award for Best Media Relations Event for his work on promoting Rural Roads Safety Week.

In the category of Best Single Blog Item, Editorial or Column, O’Neill shared the award with Federal Communications Affairs Director Kristina Watson.

In the category of Best Unique Tactic or Execution, four members of PFB’s Communications Division received recognition along with three members of PFB’s charitable organization, the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation.