Ag Progress Days

Ag progress Days Crowd and Tents_0ROCK SPRINGS – The 2014 Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences AG PROGRESS Days August 12-14 in Rock Springs features a wide variety of programs, several of which are listed below.  (Complete listing at

  •  Marcellus Shale: August 12 includes no fewer than five programs including Post-Leasing Issues for Landowners and Negotiating Natural Gas Pipeline Easements in Agricultural Land.  In addition, DEP will present a program on how Marcellus Shale natural gas resources are regulated as well as describing proposed revisions currently under consideration.
  • Public Policy: Farm Bill Dairy Margin Protection; Public Forum on 2014 Farm Bill and State of PA Agriculture; House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Public Hearing.  These are all on August 13.
  • Conservation/Environment: USDA Agricultural Research Service is presenting a program August 14 on Riparian conservation for managed grazing lands.  It ties conservation objectives (habitat, nutrients, sediments) to agricultural production objectives (watering source, maximizing land productivity) with management options (moveable fence, flash grazing).ROCK SPRINGS

Senate Passes Marcellus Landowner Protection Bills

On April 7, the PA Senate passed three bills designed to protect Marcellus Shale
landowners’ rights. Sponsored by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), SB 1236 allows
royalty interest owners the opportunity to inspect gas company records to verify proper
payment. SB 1237 prohibits a gas company from retaliating against a royalty lease
owner by terminating the lease if the landowner questions payment accuracy. SB 1238
requires a gas company to release its interest once the lease terminates – similar to what a
mortgage company does when the home loan is paid in full.