HONESDALE – The public is invited to attend the 37th Annual Dairy Day/Ag Day, sponsored by Wayne County and Sullivan County, NY Cooperative Extensions.

The event will be taking place Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Honesdale High School.

Ed Pruss, extension educator for the Penn State Extension, talked about the event during Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners.

“We try to update and inform the public on any new technology [during Ag Day],” he said, “and to keep our farmers updated on what's going on.”

There will be several “ask the experts” booths that will cover a variety of topics such as basic beekeeping, lyme disease, water quality, growing fruit, manure management and Marcellus Shale.

“A lot of the talks are from local groups,” said Pruss.

He added that J. Craig Williams, extension educator for the Tioga County Cooperative Extension will be talking about drones.

“Craig is working on a grant to introduce drones to agriculture,” Pruss stated.

He added there aren't sit down instructions. You can talk with the experts one-on-one or in small groups.

There will be a milk, cheese, ice cream and specialty meats bar with products from local businesses.

“They are locally produced and manufactured,” Pruss said.

Pruss also provided some dairy facts. Some of them include:

• Wayne County has 5,100 dairy cows out of 533,000 statewide.

• Wayne County has 60-65 dairy farms out of the 7,400 in Pennsylvania.

• There are 567 jobs for dairy farmers in Wayne County and 60,000 in the state.

• Wayne County produces 18,039 pounds of milk per cow, which is around 2,097 gallons.

Statewide there are 19,800 pounds of milk produced per cow, which is around 2,300 gallons.

• Pennsylvania is the fifth largest milk producer in the United States behind California, Wisconsin, New York and Idaho.

Pruss said Texas is an emerging state with milk produced and may soon pass Pennsylvania.

Wayne Memorial will also be on hand providing various health services including hearing screenings, blood pressure screenings, nutritional assessments, suicide awareness information, stress assessment information and physical and occupational therapy.

Board appointments

• Margie Coccodrilli of Lake Township was appointed to the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority Board, replacing Cindy Hefty. The position is effective Feb. 12-July 1, 2016.

• D. James Chapman of Sterling Township was re-appointed to the Wayne County Health and Hospital Authority for a five year term. It expires Dec. 31, 2019.

Lease

The commissioners approved a lease for the behavioral health department regarding emergency housing.

Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer said there was funding available through the Human Services Block Grant (HSBG) for the housing. It is located at 1608 Main Street, Honesdale and has three units.

Botjer said they are for short term stays to assist with transitions. Typically guests stay one to two weeks max.

Employment

• Jessie Heimbach was approved as an accounting specialist, effective Feb. 16. It is a judicial appointment and is a transfer from Assessment.

The salary was set at $18,018 for 35 hours a week.

• Justin Rivardo was hired as a records lieutenant for the Wayne County Correctional Facility, effective March 2.

The salary was set at $42,757.65 for 37.5 hours a week.

• Russell Bortree was hired as a part time maintenance assistant, effective Feb. 17. The salary was set at $9 an hour for 27.5 hours a week.