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. This course will be focused 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.
PennAg Hosts Discussion on ELD and FAST Act
On April 12, the PennAg Transportation Committee and PennAg Feed, Grain & Allied Industries Council hosted a joint meeting to provide an overview of and discussion on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule and FMCSA's plan for its phased implementation. The meeting also included discussion about the Fixing America's Surface Transportation ACT (FAST Act), which President Obama signed on December 4, 2015. 

We are currently in the Awareness and Transition Phase, which runs from February 16, 2016 to December 18, 2017. During this time, drivers may voluntarily use ELD's which are certified and registered with FMCSA. Click here for additional information about the ELD Rule and FAST Act discussion from the April 12 meeting.
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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Fair Labor Standards Act (Informational Meeting) - September 28
PennAg will host McNees, Wallace & Nurick attorney, Mark Hipple, for an informational meeting regarding the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations. After many months of anxious anticipation by employers, the U.S. Department of Labor published on May 18, 2016, its Final Rule to update the regulations for the "white-collar" overtime exemptions under Section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL estimates that the changes made by the Final Rule will raise Americans’ wages by $12 billion over the next ten years and make 4.2 million currently overtime exempt workers eligible for overtime compensation. 


The DOL's Final Rule contained some anticipated changes, along with a few surprises. Join us on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 as Mr. Hipple reviews and discusses the changes. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster.


If interested in participating, please download a registration form or contact Nicole Cassel at or 717-651-5920 for further information.

PennAg Poultry Council / John H. Schwartz Golf Outing- October 4
The PennAg Poultry Council will host the John H. Schwartz Memorial Golf Outing on Tuesday, October 4 at Fox Chase Golf Club, Stevens, Pennsylvania.

The PennAg Poultry Council is proud to have provided more than forty-six years of support to the Poultry Scholarship Fund. Since 1999, the Council has raised more than $99,500 for PSU students studying Poultry and Avian Science, or a related field.

If interested in participating, please download a registration form or contact Rachel Cloninger at or 717-651-5920 for further information.

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.


September 23
PennAg FGAI Council Executive Committee Meeting
(PennAg Office)

September 28-29

PSU Poultry Sales & Service and Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases

(Penn Stater Conference Center, State College)

September 28

Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Regulations Informational Meeting
11 a.m.
(Farm & Home Center, Lancaster)

September 29

PennAg Workforce Committee Meeting

10 a.m.

(PennAg Office)

September 30-October 2
KILE Open Horse Show
(PA Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg)

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