30th Annual Susquehanna Ag Day

The Cabot crew embarked on another Susquehanna County Ag Day, but this time celebrating its 30th year!

Previously known as Dairy Days, the Penn State Extension’s Susquehanna County Ag Day celebrates the valuable contributions of agriculture and family farming both regionally and abroad.

Watch the promotional video from WBRE’s Eye Witness News below to get a better idea:

Cabot always makes sure to attend and set up a booth that allows interaction with the community. This year, Bonnie Morris and Bill desRosiers, members of Cabot’s external affairs department set up shop at Ag Day. From 10 am to 3 pm they answered questions from citizens, landowners, business professionals, and local politicians. Topics that were discussed included property updates, infrastructure, and many just stopped by to thank Cabot for sponsoring the complimentary lunch available to the over 800 attendees. Cabot also provided two wonderful raffle baskets that went along with the agriculture theme including plants, seed packets, bird feed, and some other fun gardening supplies.

Cabot’s external affairs manager, Bill desRosiers, is interviewed by Dave Williams of the Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio Network and the American Farm Country Radio Network below:

The events of the day were a hit as over 100 people attended the educational workshops. Attendees also got to stop by the over 80 vendor exhibits, ranging from service and health care organizations, county, state and local government agencies and businesses that serve the agriculture industry. Natural gas industry members Williams and Southwestern Energy was also among the exhibitors.

Bonnie and Bill mentioned that this was the most well-attended Ag Day that they have seen in the last 5 years they have attended. Sunny skies and lack of rain and snow may have had a lot to do with that (luckily!).

Events of the fun-filled day included:

  • Educational Workshops
  • Complimentary Lunch
  • Vendor Exhibits
  • Health Fair Exhibits
  • Free Ice Cream, Milk, and Cheese from local businesses
  • Pie Auction Fundraiser Benefiting Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Program and Dairy Princess/Promotion Program

The hallmark of the event, as in years passed, remained the annual pie contest and pie auction, which raised over $8,000 for the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Program and Dairy Princess/Promotion Program. Cabot joined many in attendance vying for the delicious pies and securing the winning bids on a peanut butter pie from Victoria Clark.

In case you missed it, the entire schedule for the event was as follows:

Presenter Company Session Title
10:30 to 11:25 am

Karen Bracey

Penn State  –  Family, Food and Health Educator Everyday Wellness Habits
John Benscoter Natural Resources

Conservation Service

Funding for Farmers – Understanding Government Cost Sharing Programs
Peter Wulfhorst Penn State

Water Quality Educator

Value and Control of Aquatic Plants and Algae in Ponds and Lakes
Anna Busch Penn State

Agronomy Educator

Pesticide Exposure (1 core) Ear Rots and Mycotoxin Management (1PC/01/18) *
Mary Ann Cunningham Susquehanna County

Master Gardener

Poisonous Plants
11:30 to 12:00 pm
William desRosiers Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Welcome and Announcement
Gail O’Brien Susquehanna County

Master Gardener

Planting for Pollinators
Lynn Kime Penn State, Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Ag Alternatives—Evaluating a New Enterprise
12:45 to 1:30 pm
Dave Hartman Penn State

Livestock Educator

Wrangling More Days out of the Mid-Atlantic Growing Season
Sarah Wurzbacher Penn State

Forestry Educator

Wildlife Habitat in Private Woodlots
Concetta Schirra Susquehanna County

Master Gardener

Planting for Pollinators
Lillian Theophanis


EMRC&D Council and

Salt Springs State Park

Streambank Buffer
1:35 to 2:30 pm
Jim Garner Susquehanna County

Conservation District

Manure Management or No-till Cover Crops
Lori Wallace Susquehanna County

Master Gardener

Spotted Lanternfly
Casey Guindon Penn State

Agronomy Educator

Top Tips for Applicators (1 Core) What’s New in 2019?(1PC/01/18) *

Get excited for next years Susquehanna County Ag Day! It will be here before you know it.

More photos from the event below:

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Kelsey Mulac

Kelsey was raised in Indiana, Pennsylvania and attended The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a degree in Communications. Kelsey works as the External Affairs Coordinator at Cabot where she manages external communications, including social media and community outreach projects. Prior to starting her full-time position, Kelsey worked as a summer intern for Cabot while attending Penn State.