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New York Maple Conference Auction to Take Place in January
Maple producers have an opportunity to sell their maple equipment and supplies at the New York Maple Conference in Verona, New York on January 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the V.V.S. High School Auditorium. To register maple items for the auction, send a written, detailed description of the equipment to Keith Schiebel (kschiebel@vvsschools.org). Items may be registered until 6 p.m. night of the auction and viewing will take place in hallway adjacent to auditorium. Information on auction items will be made available the night of the auction. The auction service fee will be 15 percent of auction price paid by seller and auction participants must be registered for Friday night’s conference in order to enter the trade show, receive a bid number or participate in the auction. Register for bid numbers onsite and payment of items must be cash or check.

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Re-Elects Westmoreland County Dairy Farmer as President
Westmoreland County dairy farmer Richard “Rick” Ebert has been re-elected President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB). Voting delegates from PFB’s 54 county Farm Bureaus selected Ebert, who has served as PFB’s president since November 2014 and served as vice president for ten years prior to his election as president. Ebert ran unopposed during the state’s largest farm organization’s 66th Annual Meeting in Hershey.

NIFA Grants Focus on Youth Farm Safety and Agricultural Careers for People with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $832,830 in grants for two new projects, one that empowers veterans, older Americans and others with disabilities to pursue or maintain careers in agriculture, and another to deliver farm safety education to youth seeking employment or already employed in agricultural production. AgrAbility is a NIFA program that invests in national, state and regional projects to provide education, assistive technology and other support to current and prospective farmers and ranchers with disabilities. The Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program will build on the accomplishments of the national Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) program by increasing curricula and resources available through the SAY online information clearinghouse, enhancing stakeholder outreach and marketing and supporting promotion of the CareerSafe OSHA 10-hour General Industry (Agriculture) course.