— The 35th annual Wayne County (PA)/Sullivan County (NY) Dairy/Ag Day filled the gym of Honesdale High School Monday.
Farmers, casual gardeners and kids alike all turned out to see what diary and agriculture had to offer.
The day gives exhibitors and attendees a chance to learn more about new technologies or techniques in farming. The event had exhibits that highlighted innovative agricultural machinery, new technology or new services that are offered. The services ranged from machine repair to specialized insurance to help safeguard a farmers assets.
The booths ranged from being agri-business oriented, like SilagePro. SilagePro is a commercial product that "alters the fermentation," which results in "accelerated pH drop, fermentation takes days" instead of weeks which, in turn, increases fiber digestibility.
Fliers were available from the Penn State Cooperative Extension of Wayne County on everything from the start-up cost of becoming a beekeeper to learning how to successfully transition to a no-till planting system.
The Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County had information available about many of their Master Gardener events. One is upcoming on March 12 that is a virtual tour of Emily Dickinson's garden with naturalist Ed Wesely. The event will take you on a stroll through the streams and fields Dickinson walked through and give a closer look at the flowers that inspired her vast work.
The Wayne County Diary Princesses were on hand to answer questions and promote the consumption of dairy products. Jackie Chyle has been at this event for years and takes the opportunity to "get the word out about dairy farmers."
Wayne Memorial Health Systems was also on hand to provide health screenings to any farmer who wanted one. The screenings covered areas like hearing, blood pressure, skin cancer screenings and nutritional assessments.
Maria Diehl, public relations with Wayne Memorial Health Systems, said this event is important to "get the word out" about all of the services they offer. She said "farmers are so busy, it's hard to get them in once place" with access to information they may need. "It's fantastic to be able to get out and see" everything being offered.
Page 2 of 2 - Vance Jones, DDS. with Wayne Memorial, said this was his first time at the event. "Anything that celebrates the rural environment we live in is a good thing," he said.