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Center Offers Scholarships for Women in Dairy Conference
The Center for Dairy Excellence is offering twenty scholarships for dairy farmers and dairy farm employees to attend the 2016 Women in Dairy Conference. Coordinated by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, the event is scheduled for November 2 at the Red Lion Hotel in Harrisburg from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The scholarship will cover the entire registration fee to attend. Deadline to register is October 17.

Merck Animal Health Launches Beef Sustainability Calculator App
Merck Animal Health announced the launch of a new app, the Meat Sustainability Calculator, which is designed to help producers, suppliers and others in the food chain better understand how the beef production systems and technologies they use impact the environment. The app was created in partnership with Jude Capper, Ph.D and data from peer-reviewed journals was utilized to establish a standard of the environmental impact of North American beef production practices. The app is available for download on tablets and iPads in both the Apple and Android app store.

Massachusetts Equine Industry’s Economic Impact Totals $386.6 Million Annually
A Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) study estimates that the state’s equine industry has a total annual economic impact of $386.6 million and employs more than 7,000 people in both full-time and part-time positions. According to the study, which was prepared by Farm Credit East, there are about 26,000 horses in Massachusetts, located on roughly 2,300 farms throughout the Commonwealth. On those farms, the equine industry maintains stewardship of 40,786 acres of owned land plus an additional 9,291 acres of rented land for a total of 50,077 acres.