The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Latest News

November 23, 2013

Patton couple earn achievement award from Pa. farm bureau

PATTON — The Pennsylvania Farm Bur­eau selected Tommy and Tracy Nagle of Patton as winners of the 2013 Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award during the bureau’s 63rd annual meeting last week in Hershey.

The award honors the couple or individual between the ages of 18 and 35 who demonstrates outstanding farming and leadership achievements.

The contestants were evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of their farm operation, with emphasis on the farm’s growth and financial progress and the applicant’s record of leadership within and outside of the farm bureau.

The Nagles manage 170-head of beef cattle and grow 650 acres of grains including corn, soybeans, barley and hay.

“This is a great honor for us because it tells us that we are

on the right track in running a successful operation,” Tommy Nagle said.

He said his father, a funeral director in Gallitzin, did not farm, but he credits his grandfather Joseph Davis for instilling the desire to own his own farm.

“I was raised in a small town by both parents and took every opportunity, starting at the age of 4, to accompany my grandfather to the family farm, where I would ride in the tractors and be eager to help feed the animals,” Nagle said. “This sparked my love for farming and the desire to own the farm I run today.”

Nagle’s uncle, Dan Davis, still operates his grandfather’s farm, and the families continue to work closely together.

While holding several full-time jobs after graduating from St. Francis College in Loretto with a degree in accounting, Nagle worked for six years as director of purchasing for a poultry company. He continued working on building his farm, eventually becoming a full-time farmer in 2010.

“The Nagles have demonstrated the drive and determination that is often needed for young farmers to succeed in a challenging industry. A key for the Nagles is that they are continually looking ahead to improve the overall value of the family farm,” said Carl T. Shaffer, state farm bureau president.

The Nagles, who have a daugh­ter, Abigail, 3, and son, Brady,

8 months, say they would like to expand the farm to 3,000 acres and 250 brood cows while continuing to improve cattle quality.

“Profitability is the first way we measure the operation,” Nagle said. “I also evaluate the improvement of the quality of beef we produce.”

As a young farmer, Nagle knows the value of using the latest technology to make his operation more productive.

“I have special computer programs to track cows and calves as well as monitoring the agriculture side of things that translates into better management decisions,” he said.

Nagle, 34, is president of the Cambria County Farm Bureau and has chaired its policy development committee.

By winning the Achievement Award, the Nagles receive $500 from General Motors, $100 from Safemark, $100 from MSC Business Services, an expense-paid trip to the state farm bureau’s 2014 State Leadership Conference and other gifts.

Nagle said the prize he is looking forward to the most is free use of a new tractor from Case IH for one year.

“It will help me use my time better, especially when it comes to changing implements to do other jobs with a tractor,” he said.

The Nagles also will receive free registration and lodging for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th annual meeting in January 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, where they will compete for national honors.

Hundreds of farmers from across Pennsylvania attended the farm bureau’s meeting to set policy for the statewide organization on issues affecting farm and rural families.

Tom Lavis covers Features for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter.com/Tom LavisTD.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
  • smothers ‘It breaks my heart’: Shooting victim’s death leaves trail of shattered lives

    Victoria Smothers knows what people thought when they heard that a young black male had been shot to death in Moxham last week.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • School violence studied

    On a typical day last year, Pennsylvania schools caught 11 students toting weapons similar to ones used to slash 21 students and a security guard at a Pittsburgh-area high school, according to the state Department of Education. An untold number of others likely brought weapons to school but weren’t caught, safety experts say.

    April 16, 2014

  • egg hunt17 ACRP quietly notes 25th anniversary

    There will be little or no fanfare accompanying Alternative Community Resource Program’s 25th anniversary.
    And that’s how the executive director, Frank Janakovic, wants it.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • windber17 Windber students earn top ‘Overchiever’ rank

    Windber Area school’s PSSA scores have been tops in the region for the past several years.
    This year, they’re among the head of the class statewide, Pittsburgh Business Times annual Schools Guide shows.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wise, Charles Police charge bank robbery suspect

    A Johnstown man was jailed on $250,000 bond after police said he robbed the West End Branch of AmeriServ Financial. Charles Wise, 48, of Barron Avenue, was charged with two counts of robbery.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate awaits sentencing for assault on guard

    A former inmate faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced for assaulting a corrections officer at State Correctional Institution-Somerset, authorities said.

    April 16, 2014

  • windber pool Pool stays afloat despite troubles

    When a valve broke at the Windber Recreation Park pool last month, its municipal authority caretakers feared that meant the end for the pool’s aged, much-patched liner.
    But the old liner has held up – a stroke of luck that will save Windber Municipal Authority from having to seek a line of credit to cover repairs or risk delaying the pool opening, the authority’s recreation director, C.W. Beckley, said.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Creativity blossoming for spring art show

    The 16th annual Art in Bloom spring art show will brighten the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg from noon to 6 p.m. April 26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27.

    April 16, 2014

  • Alcatraz Challenge offers escape from routine

    Greater Johnstown Community YMCA is gearing up for its indoor biathlon, the Alcatraz Challenge.

    April 16, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/17/2014

    April 16, 2014

Poll

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads