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Each year we offer quality seminars consisting of a variety of topics and speakers that we believe will be of interest to our annual meeting attendees. We hope members will look at the 2022 seminar listing and plan to attend as many as possible. It is NOT necessary to register for adult seminars. It is only necessary to register for the children’s seminars, by going to the Individual and Family Registration form.

Monday, November 14

2:00 – 3:15

Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases
Speaker: Doug Fearn, LymeBasics.org

There are close to a half million new cases of Lyme disease reported each year in the U.S. and PA has the greatest number of any state. All 67 of our counties have infected ticks that transmit Lyme and other tick-borne diseases,  Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.


2:00 – 3:15

General Farm Economy Outlook
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Cryan, AFBF

Dr. Cryan of the American Farm Bureau Federation will provide an informative outlook on the future of farm economy in the United States.


3:30 – 4:45

Mediterranean Style Eating for Health
Speaker: Lori Klein, Penn State Extension

This program will share the basic principles and benefits of the healthful Mediterranean Diet with easy cooking techniques, shopping tips, and Mediterranean recipes. Learn how to eat the Mediterranean way with the foundational foods, including whole grains, vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats, of this healthy eating plan.


3:30 – 4:45

Dairy Educational Session
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Cryan, AFBF

Being held immediately following the close of Monday’s delegate session, this informative and educational dairy session presented by AFBF’s Dr. Roger Cryan, will take place on the delegate room stage.

Tuesday, November 15

8:45 – 10:00

Faith of a Farmer
Presenter: Don Hoover, Binkley & Hurst

This inspirational and faith-based session is sure to uplift your spirits! Mr. Hoover will discuss many relevant topics, and highlight the importance of “keeping the faith” through all you do.


8:45 – 10:00

Agritourism
Presenter: Matthew Ludwig, Risk Management, Nationwide

This presentation will address agritourism activities such as: haunted farms, corn mazes, hay rides, petting zoos, pick your own operations and roadside stands. The focus of the presentation will be on liability associated with these activities and how to mitigate this liability.


10:15 – 11:30

An Introduction to the Family Forest Carbon Program
Presenters:  Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, Family Forest Carbon Program

Does your farm also consist of wooded land? Come hear about the Family Forest Carbon Program, a new forest carbon program offered in Pennsylvania that supports landowners with as little as 30 forested acres in benefitting from the carbon market.


10:15 – 11:30

Agricultural Security and Risk for Today’s Farmer
Presenter: Phillip Harchack, Retired Sgt, Pennsylvania State Police

Today’s farmer has many new risks in regard to security not only from natural hazards but now from human related trends including contaminated products, disease, crime, theft burglary and even protests. Discuss how to minimize risk to your industry, farm employees and community.


10:15 – 11:30

Eating Rainbows: Fun with Fruits and Vegetables
Presenter: Lori Klein, Penn State Extension

*Children’s Session – Must Register

In this activity-based session, children will identify a variety of fruits and vegetables and learn the reasons why we need to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. They will also learn why color is an important component in fruit and vegetable choices, and prepare a fruit kabob snack!


1:45  – 3:00

Everything You Need to Know about PA Potatoes
Presenters: Lela Reichart, Sterman Masser, Nathan Tallman, PA Potato Grower Cooperative

*Children’s Session – Must Register

Learn how potatoes are planted, how they grow, and are harvested. After they are harvested, where do they go?  Come learn all about the wonderful complex carbohydrate…the potato!


1:45 – 3:00

You Didn’t Know that You Needed to use Microbes
Speaker: Suzanne Shea

Attendees will learn the parts that microbes play in the soil and that a microscope is needed to assess soil – not just the standard NPK tests.  They will learn that they can save thousands on inputs and make a better profit, while regenerating and conserving the land.


1:45 – 3:00

Public and Impromptu Speaking
Speaker: Jordan Henry, AFBF

Being in a leadership role means we can be called upon at any time to speak, whether to give a report about a recent event we attended or to give our opinion on the topic at hand. Step up to the challenge with this session that will guide learners through developing the message they need to share, and determining what content the audience needs when given just a short amount of time to collect your thoughts.


3:15 – 4:30

Body, Mind & Breath Techniques for Farmers’ Health
Presenter: Andy Bater          

An exploration of simple body, mind and breath techniques that agricultural workers can utilize for physical and mental health. Don’t miss this invigorating session!


3:15 – 4:3

Selecting Farm Equipment for Safety & Accessibility
Presenter: Abbie Spackman, AgrAbility PA

Proper selection of tools and equipment is vital for farmer health, safety, and success. The importance increases exponentially for individuals who have an existing health condition or disability. AgrAbility PA and Penn State’s Agricultural Safety and Health team will provide information and demonstrations on tool and equipment selection, key points to consider before purchase, ergonomics, and tips for longevity on the farm.