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Marie Canon’s farm is first in Mercer County, Pa., to have a robotic milker.

November 27, 2018

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AG HOST: Marie Canon, the 2018 Outstanding Woman in Agriculture, enjoys welcoming people to her family’s farm in Mercer County.

Marie Canon of Mercer County won the Outstanding Woman in Agriculture Award at this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Bureau annual meeting in Hershey.

Canon works on the family dairy and crop farm in West Middlesex. She was recognized for sharing her knowledge and skills of farming with others and for her decades of outreach to the public through her promotion of agriculture.

“I’ve always enjoyed having children on the farm, showing them how we care for our baby calves and cows, how dairy barns are designed for the comfort of our animals, how much it takes to feed the cows, and how overall cow comfort helps us produce more milk,” Canon says. “In addition, the kids absolutely love seeing the cows being milked by our robots.”

Canon has welcomed more than 1,000 schoolchildren on the farm the past 27 years. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Dairy Promotion Board and is an active member of Farm Bureau’s Ag Promotion Committee.

Canon participates in a variety of activities with the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation, including assisting with the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab during a local community food bank visit and participating as a reader to hundreds of primary school students as part of Ag Literacy Week.

Canon also demonstrated robotic technology in front of about 125 representatives from local schools during a Chamber of Commerce event called TechBrek. Her farm was the first in Mercer County to use a robotic milking machine. 

Source: Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

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