© 2015 PA Cattlemen’s Association
Pennsylvania Cattlemens Association
127 Tompkinsville Rd.
Scott Township PA 18433
I’m writing this column on a hot day during Ag Progress
Days in Rock Springs, PA. A place to learn about the latest
agricultural technologies and the research Penn State
University has been working on during the three day show
which was held Aug. 16-
Research Center. The three days of nice weather
brought record numbers to the event.
I’d like to thank the members of the PA Cattlemen’s Association
for their involvement in many areas that provided opportunity
to promote the beef industry. Ned Hower and Hess
Catering featured delicious beef sandwiches on the menu
of the cattlemen’s food booth. Directors Tina Hicks-
Jimmy Jones, Member Michelle Bard and Executive Assistant
Ann Nogan were serving sandwiches alongside 4-
Block and Bridle members whose contributions were greatly
appreciated. Steve Reichard, myself, Dan Kniffen, Ann and
Jeff Nogan added new members to our association and sold
raffle tickets for the Stronghold chute and Semen package
at the display booth for the Association in the livestock tent.
See any PCA director if you would like to purchase raffle
tickets; Winners will be selected during the PA Performance
Bull Sale in March. I hope you had time to stop by and visit
with many of our affiliate representatives at their respective
booths to learn more about upcoming events.
Tuesday evening, a check was presented to Congressman
Glenn “GT” Thompson in thanks for the support he provides
to the Ag industry in PA. The evening event was held
at Harpsters lodge and featured beef as part of the dinner
along with other PA Preferred menu items. PCA is an affiliate
of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and this
was made possible through NCBA PAC funds. The NCBA
Washington DC Office led by Colin Woodall has moved to a
new location. It is still located on Pennsylvania Avenue in
a prime spot between the Capitol Complex and the White
House. I hope you will join us for the NCBA Spring Legislative
Conference in March 2017. WOTUS, the passage of
TPP and regulatory overreach are some of the issues we are
currently discussing with our legislators.
On Wednesday, we participated in the Government and
Public Official’s Luncheon. A special thanks was awarded
to Bob Oberheim for the 25 years he spent managing Ag
Progress Days and many public officials were recognized for
their service to the Ag Industry. Wednesday afternoon the
cattlemen were represented by Ann Nogan and Dan Kniffen
on a panel focusing on policy impacting PA Agriculture. The
panel led by Congressman Thompson included
Rick Ebert, President of PA Farm Bureau;
Russell Redding, Secretary of Ag; Erick
Coolidge, Tioga County Commissioner; Gayle Barry, NRCS
Conservationist; Dan Kniffen, Penn State University; Ann
Nogan, PA Cattlemen’s Association and a Forestry Representative.
Discussion focused on the general state of agriculture
across Pennsylvania, as well as the 2014 Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill includes important provisions with regard to
research, dairy, conservation, forestry and nutrition.
PCA was also involved in tours which were held throughout
the three days. A dairy beef research project led by Tara
Felix Assistant Professor/Beef Extension Specialist of Penn
State University at the Samuel E. Hayes Livestock Evaluation
Center was featured. She explained to many interested
beef producers how the project focused on the nutritional
requirements needed to feed dairy beef.
Are you interested in becoming a PCA member and
share in promoting the association and the beef industry? I
urge you to join your local state or breed association and actively
participate in many of the educational and promotional
events offered to our membership.
Watch for more details on our PCA Junior Jackpot Heifer
and Steer Show which will take place in Harrisburg on
scheduled for March 30th and will be held in State College
PA. I urge you to join us and become actively involved in
the planning of these and many additional upcoming events.
Promote the beef industry through education and legislation.
Jim Cowell, President of PCA
Frosty Springs Farm