Show Support for PA Military Families

At the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show, we would like to once again invite Military Families to the PennAg reception area. The men and women of our country’s military deserve our utmost respect and support - they are the real VIP’s. We are currently in collaboration with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to identify military families who can be given the PennAg VIP treatment at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

By providing a cost-free special day at the Farm Show, we are able to show appreciation and support for the sacrifices they make on our behalf. For a donation of $250.00, your company will provide transportation, parking, food and some spending money to a military family. The success of this program last year was overwhelming. If interested in providing support, click here for a sponsorship form. Thank you for your consideration.
Preventive Control Qualified Individual Course
Feed PC Training Inc. will host a Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) course in Harrisburg on November 15 and 16 and a second course in Harrisburg on November 17 and 18. (The first course - November 15-16 - has been filled.) These courses will focus on animal feed manufacturing, rather than trying to fit into a human food course. This class fulfills FDA requirements for FSMA Preventive Control Qualified Individual Training (PCQI).
PennAg to Offer Ad Banner Space in Weekly Update
Looking to get business information out and in front of thousands? Look no further than the PennAg Weekly Update! Beginning in September, we will offer ad banner space above the fold in the Weekly Update, providing optimal value to you and your business. Interested in learning more? Download an order form. Space is being sold on a per month basis, so act fast to secure your ad spot!
2016 PA Custom Machine Rates
The custom rates shown in the report are averages from voluntary reports by custom operators and farmers throughout Pennsylvania. Most of the rates are stated per acre, cwt., ton, bale, or bushel rather than per hour to reduce the variation due to machinery size. The rates shown include the cost of hiring machine with fuel and operator and exclude the cost of seed, fertilizer, and other materials used unless otherwise specified. Individual rates vary due to differences in working conditions, services performed, or even the operator's eagerness to do custom work. Therefore, the average rates shown should not be considered absolute indications of fair charges.
Of the 82 rates reported with year-to-year comparisons, 47 increased, 31 decreased and four are virtually unchanged from last year. Overall, custom rates were up 1 percent compared to the 2014 estimates. Because of the potential variation in size and overall productivity of equipment, a range of reported rates for each job has been included. The range represents the middle 80 percent of all reported rates for each job, thus the lowest 10 percent and the highest 10 percent of all reported values were not published. VIEW REPORT.
Be On Alert: Invasive Pigweeds

Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp are new pigweeds that have been found in numerous counties across Pennsylvania and in neighboring states.


• Very aggressive pigweeds that easily spread

Resistant to glyphosate and other herbicides
• Can significantly decrease yield.

• Can double, or even triple, annual herbicide cost.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Information

Visit the PennAg Poultry Council page for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza information and updates.

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Keystone Crops and Soils Conference- October 25-26

Don’t miss the annual Keystone Crops and Soils Conference, October 25-26 at the Harrisburg/Hershey Holiday Inn in Grantville.  With a combination of general and breakout sessions, this two day event provides those in the agronomic industry with great networking and educational opportunities.  Continuing education credits are available for the following programs: Certified Crop Adviser, PA Nutrient Management, PA Manure Hauler/Broker, PA Odor Management and PA Pesticide. Click here to access the event agenda. To register online visit For more information contact Amy Bradford at or 717-651-5920.

Biosecurity: Protecting Pennsylvania's Poultry Industry - November 10
The PennAg Manure Haulers/Applicators Council is set to host a meeting titled, "Biosecurity: Protecting Pennsylvania's Poultry Industry," on November 10 at the Farm & Home Center, Lancaster. Join us as Dr. Sherrill Davison of Penn Vet, and poultry industry representatives present information on diseases which threaten our poultry industry and how your biosecurity measures can greatly reduce the risk of an outbreak. The event will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., with lunch to follow the presentations. The event is FREE for PennAg members; $10 for non-members. Due to limited seating and lunch reservations, pre-registration is required. Don't miss this opportunity to earn continuing education credits! Download a registration form today!


PennAg Agronomic Products Council / Seed Council Winter Meeting - November 17

The PennAg Agronomic Products Council and Seed Council will host their annual Winter Meeting on Thursday, November 17 at the Holiday Inn, Grantville. This event has been approved for four (4) CCA CECs: 1 Nutrient Management; 2 Pest Management; 1 Crop Management.

Join us for a day packed with
regulatory updates from the PA Department of Agriculture and American Seed Trade Association as well as a legislative update, and presentations on Responsible Ag and The Obnoxious Pigweeds. The PennAg Agronomic Products Council and Seed Council will also each host business meetings for their respective councils.

Interested in attending or sponsoring the event? Download a registration form or register online today!

PennAg Food Booth at the PA Farm Show - January 7-14

The PennAg food booth at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the association’s largest fundraiser, which allows us to work on behalf of our members throughout the year. We appreciate the time and energy each volunteer provides to guarantee a successful food booth.


Once again, we will count on our members and friends at the 2017 food booth! The 2017 Farm Show will be held January 7-14. As in the past, we are seeking volunteers for two shifts each day, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Food booth volunteers may perform a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: collecting payment from customers, ‘running’ for food items throughout the booth, and preparing food items. Please wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet for the entire shift. Also, hats or hair nets are required - if you do not have your own, one will be provided for you.


Volunteering at the PennAg food booth is a great way to meet fellow PennAg members, get out and enjoy the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and support your association in a fun way! Come as an individual, representing your company, or bring the entire crew!


Thanks to great member support at the food booth, staff is able to host many legislators, legislative staff and regulatory personnel in the PennAg VIP Lounge. Many relationships are made and strengthened during the week through this endeavor, which are very valuable to the association in various efforts throughout the year.

Interested in volunteering and want to get it on our schedule now? Visit the SignUp link ( and register today to volunteer - anyone who registers by Thanksgiving will receive a parking pass for one of the Farm Show Parking Lots. (Parking passes will be mailed in early December.)


We look forward to seeing you in January!


Note: You do NOT need to register an account or keep a password on does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


October 25

PennAg Membership Committee Meeting

12 p.m.

(PennAg Office)

October 25
PennAg Legislative Committee Meeting
1 p.m.
(PennAg Office)

October 25-26

Keystone Crops & Soils Conference

(Holiday Inn, Harrisburg)

October 26

Poultry Health Committee Meeting

9:30 a.m.

(Room 309, PA Dept. of Agriculture)




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