Emergency ordinance allows earlier staging of poultry litter

Members of the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission recently approved an emergency order that will allow a 180-day extension for properly organized poultry litter in Delaware crop fields beginning Nov. 1.

Poultry litter is a natural fertilizer rich in nutrients and micronutrients. When the Delaware Department of Agriculture issued control orders last spring restricting the movement and spread of poultry litter due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), it caused difficulties for some farmers.

Beginning November 1, farmers can begin to properly organize poultry litter in fields where it will be used next spring. Once the 180-day extension expires, the normal 90-day settlement will resume, resulting in a deadline for open-field poultry litter application of July 29, 2023, or stockpiled poultry litter no later than July 29, 2023. April 30, 2023.

To be considered properly staged, the litter should be piled in windrows or pyramids 6 feet high so that the cross-section of the pile is a triangle, ensuring that any rainwater will drain away rather than collect. seep into the heap or pool around it. This is best accomplished with a loader bucket, after delivery to the field by dump truck or trailer.

The purpose of the emergency order is to help growers prepare for and prevent any further spread of HPAI due to continued detections in the wild bird population and recent confirmation of the virus in two Kent County Backyard Farms.

Fall litter will help reduce litter movement when HPAI is expected to be the highest risk to Delaware poultry.

For more information, visit the Delaware Department of Agriculture website.

Register for GenerationNext seminars

A successful farm manager must master many aspects of the business. To help the next generation of farmers learn the necessary business and financial skills, Farm Credit East is hosting GenerationNext seminars this fall and winter.

Anyone wishing to hone their management skills is encouraged to attend. Both in-person and virtual sessions are offered.

GenerationNext is optimal for producers who will be the next generation operators of an agricultural business or for entrepreneurs starting their own business. Sessions will cover a range of topics including leadership and management, human resource development, financial management, production economics, marketing, risk management, farm transfer and estate planning.

Starting in November, in-person sessions will be held in central and western New York and eastern Connecticut. Beginning early next year, in-person sessions will be held in northern Vermont, central New Jersey, and western and northern Maine.

The virtual program consists of eight weekly two-hour sessions starting January 12 and running every Thursday through March 2.

For more information, session dates or to register, visit farmcrediteast.com/generationnext. It is not necessary to have an existing relationship with Agricultural Finance East to attend.

“Own Your Future” Forum Set

To help dairy farm families begin tackling the process of succession planning and ownership transition, the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania (PDMP) and the Center for Dairy Excellence will host a forum called “Own Your Future “from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 10 at Janelle Hall in Berks County.

The discussion will encourage dairy farmers to think about who will own the business in the future and how this can come to fruition. A networking lunch and an afternoon tour of Vista Grande Farm will also be part of the forum.

The following panelists will participate:

Jennifer Voss, Voss Group, is a business and family management consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in GE training, business management and team leadership, and another 16 years working with numerous companies families – including farms – in the eastern United States.

Mike and Tony Brubaker of Brubaker Farms have learned from experience, both as beneficiaries of their own parents and now as they plan their own retirement and structure a partnership for their children when they return to the farm.

Mike Hosterman, Horizon Farm Credit, saw it all as one of Pennsylvania’s most seasoned farm business consultants, working through generations of every conceivable ownership transition, both planned and unplanned.

Mike Peachey, a partner at Acuity Advisors and CPAS, has decades of experience helping agribusinesses take strategic control of their destinies and a deep understanding, as an unbiased third party, of the sensitivity of cross-generational family businesses and win-win creative strategies. situations for everyone involved.

Lucas Waybright is a former next generation dairy farmer who is now the Dairy Pasture Project Manager in Pasa with a unique perspective of a young dairyman who, after trying to find a path within the dairy business from his own family, is now certified to help other farm families as a Farm Succession Coordinator.

The cost is $35 for PDMP members and $50 for others. Janelle Hall is located at 360 Fleetwood Road, Mertztown, Pennsylvania.

Call 877-326-5993 for more information; E-mail [email protected]; or visit centerfordairyexcellence.org to be directed to the online registration page.

Register for the Women in Dairy Conference

Women in the dairy industry can gain valuable knowledge and network with their peers by attending Penn State Extension’s Women in Dairy Conference, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 9 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

This event is aimed at dairy producers, industry professionals and farm employees.

Sessions will cover health and wellness, antibiotic management, people management, financial performance, succession planning and value-added dairy products.

Maria Pippidis will be the keynote speaker. An extension educator at the University of Delaware, her work focuses on farm family resilience, farm stress, and financial resilience. She will discuss resilience as it relates to women, farm life and family life, emphasizing the importance of communication to help achieve a necessary balance in life.

Event sponsors include the Center for Dairy Excellence, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Horizon Farm Credit, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, American Dairy Association North East, Dairy Farmers of America and Maryland Virginia Milk.

Participants must register by October 26. The registration fee is $78, with a special promotion available for groups.

More information about the conference is available on the Penn State Extension website at extension.psu.edu.

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