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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. 16-18, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural

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-Kern,

Jimmy Jones, Member Michelle Bard and Executive Assistant

Ann Nogan were serving sandwiches alongside 4-H and

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;

From the Desk of the President

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

March 24-26. The Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet is

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