Farming Magazine - June, 2009
Need Help Crunching Your Farm Numbers?
Crunching Your Farm Numbers is a program currently
being offered to any Vermont dairy producer upon request. It is a free and
confidential service designed to help farmers manage their farm’s
cash flow and credit needs for the next one or more years. Once financial
and production information is provided to them, UVM Extension specialists
can offer a full picture of a farm’s historical financial performance
and help in developing cash flow projections for future years.
To learn more about this program, call one of the
Farmer’s Hotline telephone numbers: St. Albans, 800-639-2130, St.
Johnsbury, 800-545-8920 or Rutland,800-281-6977.
Pennsylvania Introduces Farm Odor
Pennsylvania has introduced regulations to manage
odors from newly constructed animal barns and certain other agricultural
operations. The new regulations are intended to help minimize the potential
for conflicts between neighbors.
As directed by Pennsylvania’s Facility Odor
Management Regulations in Act 38 of 2005, beginning February 27, any
concentrated animal operation or concentrated animal feeding operation that
builds or expands an animal barn or manure storage facility is required to
develop an odor management plan. An odor management specialist certified
under the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and approved by the State
Conservation Commission must develop the plan. The regulations do not
affect existing animal housing or manure storage facilities, nor are there
any requirements relating to land applications of manure. However, any
agricultural operation may volunteer to address new or existing facilities
in an odor management plan developed under this program.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us/scc or
contact Karl Dymond, program coordinator, at 570-836-2181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.