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Posted on: February 1, 2019

Wayne County Farm Families Gather for 2019 Ag Day

A static display at by the Wayne County Penn State Cooperative Extension Service at the 2018 Ag Day.

HONESDALE -- Farmers and their families spend the "2019 Wayne County Ag Day" coming together to learn about new and innovative technologies, services, product lines, machinery and markets available from local agribusinesses, associations and industry supports. It all takes place Monday, February 18, from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Honesdale High School gymnasium, 459 Terrace Street., Honesdale.

It is also an opportunity for agricultural enthusiasts and those wanting to get into agriculture to learn about their local Ag industry and have a chance to attend educational meetings presented by speakers from across the state.

This year there will be three guest speakers presenting educational meetings during Ag Day. First, Dave Hartman, Penn State Extension Educator from Lycoming County, will be giving a presentation on “Wrangling More Days Out of the Mid-Atlantic Grazing Season” for livestock and dairy producers at 10 a.m. Second, Philip Gottwals, consultant with ACDS, will be giving an update of the findings found in the Wayne County Agricultural Economic Development Plan at 1:30 p.m. This plan has outlined the current status of agriculture in Wayne County, as well as outlines areas of Ag that can be profitable. Finally, Casey Guindon, Penn State Extension in Bradford County, will be offering a Pesticide Education Credits Training, which will be worth 1 Core and 1 Category credit at 10 a.. Those who attend these educational presentations will have the chance to enter a drawing for local product goodies donated by area producers.

Participating exhibitors will have their educational booths set up in the high school gymnasium, and some local farm equipment dealers will have their equipment on display outside of the high school.

During this year’s “2019 Ag Day” Ag industry professionals will act as “Ask the Experts” and offer industry relevant information to interested attendees throughout the day. This year’s list of “Ask the Experts” include:

  • Livestock and Forages– David Hartman, Lycoming County- Penn State Extension Livestock & Forage Educator
  • 100 Years of 4-H in Wayne County– Jessica Scull, Wayne County 4-H Program Coordinator and Wayne County 4-H Teen Council Members
  • Honesdale FFA-  Kayla Hack, HHS Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor and members of the Honesdale FFA Chapter
  • Beekeeping-Important Things to Know for Starting with Honeybees Larry Knack, Wayne County Beekeepers Association
  • Pesticide Education Credits and Agronomy– Casey Guindon, Bradford County- Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Educator
  • Water Testing and You – Pat Mohn, Master Well Educator, Wayne County Extension
  • Spotted Lanternfly Facts– Diane Diffenderfer- Wayne County Master Gardener & Kelley Stewart- Wayne County Conservation District Forester
  • Ag Transportation- What You Need to Know About Transporting Livestock, Equipment, and Commodities-  Trooper Bob Urban- Pennsylvania State Trooper & D.O.T. representative.
  • “Dairy MPP, DMC, DRP, and What They Mean for Your Operation, and Calf Composting.”- Craig Williams, Tioga County- Penn State Extension Dairy Educator

Other features that will be offered during the “2019 Ag Day” include:

  • The local products bar- samples of  Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream and Specialty Meats will be offered throughout the day to attendees to showcase the value-added products from local agribusinesses such as; Creamworks Creamery, Calkins Creamery, Zeiler-Caruth Meats, Pocono Mountain
  • Dairies, etc.                                                            
  • In addition, some health screenings for area farmers and family members will be provided by Wayne Health Services. They include: Hearing Screenings, Blood Pressure Screenings, Nutritional Counseling, Suicide Awareness Information, Dental Information, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Lyme Disease Information, Adaptive Equipment for Agriculture and Flu Vaccine/Shots.
  • Elected Officials Meet & Greet- This is an opportunity for some of our Local Elected Officials to mingle and speak with the attendees of Ag Day.
  • Door Prizes donated by exhibitors and supporters.

Lunch will be provided by The Red Schoolhouse. There is no charge for attendees, registration is requested by Feb. 11th for lunch by either calling Toll Free 1-877-345-0691 or Online. Walk ins are accepted the day of the event, however registration is appreciated to make sure there is enough food for lunch.

If you have any questions about the event please feel free to contact Chelsea Hill at cbh5097@psu.edu or call 570-253-5970, extension 4110.

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