The 35th Annual Wayne County (PA)/Sullivan County (NY) Dairy Day/Ag Day, is set for Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at the Honesdale High School, off of Terrace Street, in Honesdale.

— The 35th Annual Wayne County (PA)/Sullivan County (NY) Dairy Day/Ag Day, is set for Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at the Honesdale High School, off of Terrace Street, in Honesdale.

The 2013 Dairy Day/Ag Day will once again bring together the Wayne County (PA) and Sullivan County (NY) Cooperative Extension Services, the agri-businesses of Wayne County (PA) and Sullivan County (NY) plus the agricultural communities, farmers and farm families and supporters, from these counties, in neighboring states.

The annual Dairy Day/Ag Day is an opportunity for exhibitors, supporters and participants to introduce and highlight new and innovative agricultural machinery, new technology, new services, new product lines and to offer updates on programs and services offered and delivered to the farming community by area agri-businesses, associations and agricultural supporters.

Dealers, associations, farm organizations and other agriculture supporters will have an opportunity to set-up exhibits and displays in the school gymnasium. Exhibitors will be allotted a space about 6 to 8 feet in width and about 6 feet in depth. All exhibitors need to bring tables and chairs for their exhibit area.

This year, the exhibitor's fee is $85.00. This fee is used mainly to support the lunch that is served to all who participated in the activities of Dairy Day/Ag Day.

Interested area exhibitors will need to complete a registration form. These forms are available from the Wayne County (PA) Cooperative Extension Service by calling: 570-253-5970, extension 4110, or, from the Sullivan County (NY) Cooperative Extension by calling 845-292-6180. The registration deadline is Friday, February 15, 2013.

Area Agri-businesses, dairy suppliers, etc. who are not interested in setting up a Dairy Day/Ag Day display or exhibit, are encouraged to participate as a supporter of the Dairy Day/ Ag Day. Supporters typically donate either monetary support or dairy products or specialty meat products for the Dairy Bar.

All supporters will be listed/printed in the promotional flier.

In addition, all agriculture-related organizations, "non-profits", associations, commodity groups, etc. are encouraged to be part of the Dairy Day/Ag Day as participants.

Participants can set-up educational, informative and/or promotional displays and/or exhibits. All "participants" are asked to consider a donation to help offset the cost of the "Dairy Day/Ag Day" activities and for the lunch.

Another feature of the annual Dairy Day/Ag Day is the Ask the Experts? portion of this event. This assembly of resource people is asked to "share" important and useful information about a variety of agricultural-related topics that could benefit those working and living in the agricultural community.

The variety of topics for this year's "Ask the Experts?" will include: Grass-Fed Beef Production, Wayne County 4-H Program Wants You!, Chronic Wasting Disease and Game Commission Information for the Farm Community, Wells, Water, Water Quality and Water Testing, Growing Soybeans in Wayne County, Land Application of Manure/Manure Management for Environmental Protection, Addressing Invasive Forest Insects, Beef Industry Information and Pennsylvania Farm Link Information.

An important stop for most Dairy Day/Ag Day participants is the Dairy Bar!

The Dairy Bar features: Calkins Creamery Cheeses, Yatsonsky Farm Ice Cream, Pocono Mountain Dairies white and chocolate milk, Tonjes Dairy Farm Yogurts, Zeiler-Caruth Quality Specialty Meats, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Cheeses and Verde and Company Sofrito.

The Dairy Bar accepts the donation of dairy products and the specialty meats so that Dairy Day/Ag Day attendees can sample each of these products produced locally in either Wayne County (Pennsylvania) or Sullivan County (New York).

A new event at this year's Dairy Day/Ag Day is the Dairy Delites Contest. This contest, sponsored by the Wayne County (Pa) and Sullivan County (NY) Dairy Promotion Committees, is seeking snack and dessert dishes that use either cheese or yogurt or butter as their main recipe ingredient.

Area snack and dessert dishes connoisseurs are strongly urged to submit their favorite cheese or yogurt or butter recipes for judging.

All entries will be judged and a winner in each of the dairy product categories (cheese, yogurt and butter) will be selected. If you are interested in learning more about the Dairy Delites Contest, please contact Joan Schweighofer, Wayne County Dairy Promotion Committee – Coordinator, for additional information and contest rules. She can be reached at 570-224-4619 or email at:

All area farmers, farm families, etc. who plan to attend the 2013 Dairy Day/Ag Day are strongly encouraged to call the Wayne County (PA) Cooperative Extension or the Sullivan County (NY) Cooperative Extension with their lunch reservations.

The lunch reservations are needed in order to be able to provide enough lunches for Dairy Day/Ag Day farmers/farm families and other participants. The Wayne County (PA) Cooperative Extension number to dial is: 570-253-5970, extension 4110, and, the Sullivan County (NY) Cooperative Extension number is: 845-292-6180.

Also, some basic health screenings, for area farmers, will be available at Dairy Day/ Ag Day.

These health screenings will include: hearing screenings, blood pressure, respiratory screenings, skin cancer screenings, nutritional assessments, suicide awareness/stress assessment, dental assessment and physical therapy/occupational therapy assessment. These health screenings are provided by: Wayne Memorial Hospital Health Services and other affiliated health service providers.

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