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Volunteers needed for display at Pennsylvania Farm Show

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Volunteers are needed to be part of the “Today’s Agriculture” display at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg from Jan. 3-11. The display, that was unveiled during the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show, has helped to bridge the gap between consumers and the farming community, while clearly depicting how dairy and other livestock animals are raised.

The dairy portion of the “Today’s Agriculture” display is being developed by PennAg Industries, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Center for Dairy Excellence to show how dairy cows are housed and cared for in modern dairy facilities. The 2014 dairy exhibit will include two mature cows, a baby calf and video display.

During the week, a dairy freestall facility will be set up within the “Today’s Agriculture” display, complete with mattresses, floor matting, a bunk feeder, fans, a cow brush, and dry cows and a calf from local dairy farmers. Volunteers are needed to staff the exhibit, visit with spectators, and answer questions about today’s dairy farm practices. Volunteers are also needed to facilitate discussion in the milking area at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Shifts for “Today’s Agriculture” volunteers are broken into 3.5 hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day of the show. Individuals, families, or company groups are welcome to volunteer. Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the display should contact Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives managers with the Center for Dairy Excellence, at 717-346-0849 or eyeiser@centerfordairyexcellence.org.