2017 MYF Winter Pesticide Update Meetings

2017 Manheim Adult Young Farmers Pesticide Updates Meeting Dates and Topics

Light dinner:  6:00-6:45 pm

Meetings Sponsors:  Maryland Virginia Dairy Co-Op and M & R Grains

Please RSVP to Doreen Shearer:  bigpigs@embarqmail.com

Meetings are free for 2017 MYF Members

-$25 dues can be paid at the meeting

Non-MYF members $25 meeting fee

 Enter the high school off of Hershey Driver alongside the student parking lot

Walk through the chain linked gate to the ag classrooms-door #22 or  23

If we have winter weather travel issues we will post a meeting cancellation announcement on our Manheim Ag website:  www.ManheimAg.org.

 February 20, 2017 -President’s Day

6:30-7:00 pm Deb Seibert  MYF Advisor

Creating a Culture of Safety in pesticide application

7:00-8:00 : Trilby Libhart, State Botanist Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp issues:  IPM in cropping systems

Impact of Controlled Plant and Noxious weed law on your farming practices

8:00-9:00 pm Dr. Alyssa A. Collins,Director, Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center.  Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

“The Disease Year in Review and What’s New”

Participants will discuss the plant health challenges of 2016, along with their solutions for 2017.

Updates on new disease issues that they may face and the appropriate crop and soil management approaches.


Manheim Ag-Ed Earns PA FFA Foundation Learning By Doing Grants


The PA FFA Foundation believes agricultural education students should have the maximum opportunity to grow and succeed, leaving high school as prepared as is possible for the world ahead. By completing the Learning By Doing grant application, the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation is making an investment in Agriculture Education. Funds allocated through the Learning by Doing Grants are intended to make a lasting impact into the future Pennsylvania’s agriculture education.


The total funds requested for the 2016-2017 Learning by Doing Grant program was $34,927 from 42 total applications.  The competition was steep and applications were judged by 3 FFA Foundation trustees. All funds generated for this grant come from PA FFA Foundation food concessions at Ag Progress Days and PA Farm Show.

Skyler Anderson was awarded a grant for her Market Goats SAE Project to purchase goat fitting equipment. Skyler is a member of the Manheim FFA Livestock Show Team.

Manheim Ag-Ed program teacher Deb Seibert was awarded funds to purchase PSU Soil Testing Kits and Agronomy Guides.  All members of the Manheim FFA Livestock Show Team are required to have DEP Manure Management plans.  Those plans require the testing of soils in livestock pastures.  The PSU Agronomy Guides will help students make educated choices about the BMP’s of the soils on their farm properties.

PA FFA Foundation Learning By Doing Grant Applicants Categories:
FFA Members • Agriculture Educator/FFA Advisor • FFA Chapter
Grant Projects may include: • Supervised Agriculture Experiences • Classroom Tools, Equipment, Resources • Curriculum and Teaching Training
Grant Values: maximum $2000 per year per School District
• Individual FFA Member: $500
• Teacher/FFA Advisor: $1000
• FFA Program: $1000


Hundreds of  community members, families and business reps attended the 2016 Manheim Community Farm Show Youth Livestock Sale to support our Manheim FFA and 4-H Youth and to kick off the fundraising for the new Champions Arena building project.

Manheim FFA Convention Wagon

Manheim FFA Convention Wagon

Special thanks to the following for being WINNING BIDDERS of the Manheim  FFA Wagon to sponsor the 2016 Manheim FFA Ag Sales and Farm Business Management CDE  trip to the National FFA Convention:

Manheim Auto Auction

Jay and Beth Gainer

JL Hollinger

Best of Lancaster County

Kirby Agri


Champions Arena Building Project KickOff Sale

Champions Arena Kick Off

SPECIAL THANKS to Pleasant View Retirement Community and the Cassel family for purchasing a lamb and a goat to be donated to the Manheim Food Pantry as part of our Champions Arena Building Project fundraising kick off.

2016 MCSD Champion of Children: Barry Geib


Congratulations and much thanks to Barry Geib for being awarded the 2016 MCSD Champion of Children recognition.  Barry was nominated by our Ag-Ed program for his countless HOURS of volunteer time with our students, Manheim and Pennsylvania’s eastern region ag programs and his Manheim Farm Show leadership.


Manheim Ag Program Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale

Landis Valley Herb Faire Sale

Our 13th year of Manheim Central High School agriculture students growing heirloom tomato plants was another success thanks to our many valued customers-many have been with us since our first year selling at Landis Valley Museum Herb Fair.   See you May 5 and 6, 2017 at Landis Valley Herb Fair.

We have been told by many of our customer that our 2016 Opalka plants turned out to be another variety.  Our sincere apology for this!  We will change our seed supplier this year for the Opalka variety.


MC Students Make Ag Industry Career Connections

A HUGE thanks to all the folks who took time out of their BUSY days to share their agriculture stories with our students this spring

CDE New Release

Jeff Stoltzfus guiding us through the Leola Produce Auction

Jeff Stoltzfus guiding us through the Leola Produce Auction

Oregon Dairy Farm to Fork tour with the Hurst family.

Oregon Dairy Farm to Fork tour with the Hurst family.  “An extraordinary experience”!

HACC Ag Business class learns about niche marketing at Outback Toy Store

HACC Ag Business class learns about niche marketing at Outback Toy Store

Ag business in the field learning at Buckhill Farm CSA with Andrew Buckwalter

Ag business in the field learning at Buckhill Farm CSA with Andrew Buckwalter