Grass-fed Grazing Field Day
Anthony (A.J.) O’Neil will be hosting an educational field day and pasture tour on Saturday, June 29, at his family’s farm located at 799 Route 322, Cranberry. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A.J. raises Red Devon grass-fed beef on a rotational grazing system, using adaptive grazing management. He will discuss his grazing management and how he uses tall grass grazing, frequent moves with bat-latch gates, and high stock densities to produce meat to sell in the family meat shop/store. As well as selling meat at their nearby store, O’Neil’s Quality Foods makes value-added products such as flavored bacon, beef hot dogs, flavored patties, and sausage links.
Dave Hartman, Penn State Extension Livestock Team, will be on hand to discuss forage analysis in grass-fed beef production and how it may be used to adjust the grazing sequence to maximize animal performance from pasture. Joel Hunter, Penn State Extension Agronomy specialist, will discuss Allegheny Grass-Fed, a grass-fed cooperative meat marketing initiative.
Walt Robertson, who owns Hilltop Seeds LLC, will discuss some of the different species of warm-season grass and other native plants that were seeded on the farm for added forage in warmer weather.
Bob VanKirk from 4 Seasons Farm in Tyrone will be updating attendees on news from Red Devon USA.
To register with Penn Soil RC&D to attend this free event, call 1-814-726-1441 or visit www.pennsoil.org/events. Register by June 26 to reserve a hot lunch catered by O’Neil’s Quality Foods. This event is sponsored by Allegheny Grass-Fed, Northwest Project Grass, Penn Soil RC&D Council, Penn State Extension, USDA Rural Development, and USDA-NRCS.
Tuesday afternoon at the Allegheny Community Center, Connie Lucia came in first with Bill Massa in second.
At the Woman’s Club Thursday afternoon, Donna Holding and Nan Cashman were first and second. Linda Jensen placed first Thursday evening at the library and Dave Benedict was second.
The Warren High School Class of 1953 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Cable Hollow Golf Course.
Indivisible Warren PA
Indivisible Warren PA will hold its bimonthly meeting this Thursday, June 13, at Emanuel Church of Christ (1710 Penna. Ave, East, Warren), from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For information on Indivisible, see www.indivisibleguide.com.
Forest advisory committee members
USDA Forest Service/Allegheny National Forest officials are conducting public outreach to fill committee member seats for the Allegheny Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) that covers Elk, Forest, McKean, and Warren counties.
RACs were established as a provision of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The legislation sets aside funding for projects that improve watershed function and promote community economic development. Typically, the Allegheny RAC meets once a year to review and make recommendations on project proposals submitted for this funding.
By law the four-year term, 15-member committee is composed of a wide representation of National Forest interests organized into three categories. Each RAC has 15 members with a balanced and broad representation of interests in three categories, including:
Category 1: Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups; developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities; energy and mineral development interests; commercial or recreational fishing interests; commercial timber industry; holders of Federal grazing or other land use permits, and representatives of nonindustrial private forest landowners, within the area for which the committee is organized.
Category 2: Nationally recognized environmental organizations; regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activities; archaeological and historical interests; nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, and watershed associations.
Category 3: Holder of State or local elected offices, representatives of American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized, school officials or teacher, and the affected public at large.
Members must reside within Pennsylvania and, to the extent practicable, provide local representation in each category.
For further information regarding RAC membership, contact the Designated Federal Official, District Ranger Richard Hatfield at (814) 363-6098.
To apply to be a RAC committee member, applicants must complete the Federal Form AD-755 “Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information.”
The form is available on the Allegheny National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/detail/allegheny/workingtogether/advisorycommittees/?cid=fseprd497392
To apply for the Allegheny RAC, address your correspondence to:
Designated Federal Official Richard Hatfield
29 Forest Service Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
Applications must be received on or before August 15, 2019.
For additional information about the Secure Rural Schools legislation, including Titles I, II and III, visit the SRS website at www.fs.fed.us/srs.