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  • Our experience hosting a grain bin safety meeting |


    Last year, when we built our new grain system, the dealer we worked with — Dan Zippay, who also happens to be a good friend of Mike’s — offered to put on a presentation highlighting bin safety issues. 

    We talked about it at the time and loved the idea, but we were unable to make it happen last year. This year, we started harvest out right by hosting a grain bin safety awareness presentation.


    We mentioned the idea to our farm friend, Frank Mutnansky, a member of the local fire department, earlier this year. He instantly loved the idea. Frank has a passion for anything agriculture and loves to advocate for ag.

    With Frank’s help, we started to plan the event, and before we knew it we were co-hosting it with the West Leisenring Fire Department, and Fayette County Farm Bureau had offered to pay for lunch. Things were coming together!

    On the day of the presentation, we had about 50 people show up. Most were first responders throughout the county. We also had three Pennsylvania state troopers and some local farmers. We were ecstatic with the turnout.

    We started the day at the fire department, where Dan explained how fast grain bin accidents can happen. He explained different parts of the grain bins and showed one of the grain tubes used in rescues.

    While most of the farmers in attendance had at least some, if not a lot, of experience with grain bins, most of the first responders did not. At one point, someone asked a question and another person said, “You know 30 years ago, most volunteer firemen had some farm experience and knew what they were getting into. Today, that is not the case.” You could see heads nodding in agreement throughout the room.


    After lunch, we went back to our farm where everyone could see a grain system in person. They were able to look inside the bins — they were all empty at the time — see the augers, and even climb up the stairs to see the manhole they would have to use if there was ever a need. We showed them our emergency shutoff and power shutoffs.

    Post date: Thu, 10/06/2022 - 13:27
  • Study finds Mexico’s biotech ban costly |

    Mexico’s government-issued decree expressing a policy goal to gradually phase out glyphosate and GM corn use in the country by 2024 continues to cause concern for those in the U.S. and Mexico corn market. A coalition of leading food and agriculture industry stakeholders in both Mexico and the United States released a new study revealing the broad impacts of Mexico’s proposed ban on biotech corn.

    The report, which was conducted in September 2022 by World Perspectives Inc. and updates a report published earlier this year, reveals that the proposed restrictions would adversely impact food security in North America and raise consumer prices for corn, basic foods, and other critical products derived from corn, particularly in Mexico.

    Post date: Thu, 10/06/2022 - 08:14
  • A tool to save water |

    As part of his new presidential initiative to focus on the people of Kansas and their communities, Kansas State University President Richard Linton has committed to visiting communities throughout the state every academic year, to listen and learn from the Kansans who live there and find out how K-State, the nation’s first land-grant university, can use its work to improve their lives.

    Post date: Thu, 10/06/2022 - 08:11
  • Senate Ag Committee Leaders Call for Expansion of Margin Protection Tools |

     U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) and Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate the expansion of margin protection tools to help more producers address the increased risk associated with elevated production costs such as fuel and fertilizers.

    In a letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, and Marcia Bunger, Administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), the senators ask for expansion of options beyond those currently only available to dairy, cattle, swine, rice, soybeans, corn and wheat so that producers of additional commodities can proactively manage risk. The senators also call on RMA to increase risk management education for both producers and agents.

    Post date: Wed, 10/05/2022 - 09:26

    The Louisiana Industrial Hemp Promotion and Research Program was created by Act 462 of the 2022 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session. Its purpose is to support the growth and development of the industrial hemp industry in Louisiana by enhancing research, education, promotion, facilities, and industrial hemp-related activities throughout the state.

    Post date: Sun, 10/02/2022 - 19:49

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