Saturday, June 28, 2014

No Bull Ranch LLC - Buy Local - Fresh Meat - Pork Community Supported Agriculture

 No Bull Ranch

We are expanding and offering new options at No Bull Ranch!

No Bull Ranch is a family-owned farm in eastern Pennsylvania. We raise Black
Angus cattle and Certified Berkshire hogs the old fashioned way to provide superior pasture-raised beef and pork.

What makes No Bull Ranch Black Angus beef and Berkshire pork superior? It is our commitment to quality. From birth to market, we dedicated to the welfare of our animals and to the health of the land. All of our animals thrive in a natural and calm environment. For most of the year, our Black Angus cattle and Berkshire pigs graze on grass. In colder months, they continue to forage, but they also receive hay.

Our cattle and pigs are not force-fattened on grain. We NEVER use growth hormones, chemical additives, steroids, animal by-products, pesticides, herbicides, or commercial fertilizers. Animals raised in this natural environment produce tender, delicious meat that is lower in fat than the commercial varieties, while being high in protein and nutritional value.

To ensure that our meat maintains its best flavor, it is carefully processed at a local USDA-certified butcher. It is inspected, aged and custom cut, vacuum packaged, and flash frozen so that it arrives at your table with its maximum freshness. It easily keeps for a year.

You have several options when purchasing our meats. We sell most of our beef by the whole, half, or quarter, and we sell our pork by the whole or half. Looking for a smaller quantity? Multi-season CSA packages and various sampler packs are available.

No Bull Ranch is now at the South Scranton Farmers’ Market each Saturday through October 4th!  Come out to see us, place an order, or pick-up your CSA share.  Starting July 12th we will offer pork by the cut!  The South Scranton Farmers’ Market is open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and is located at the Scranton Iron Furnaces on Cedar Avenue, Scranton.

We will be sending hogs to the butcher this week.  We have 1 hog available to order by the whole or half.  Send us an email if you are interested.

Not enough freezer space for bulk quantities?  Try our CSA.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  We sell “shares” in our monthly harvest.  We now have space in our pork CSA.  Purchase a whole share and receive 20 pounds of pork per month or a half share offers 10 pounds of pork per month.  For more information, send us an email or stop by our stand.

Forgot to stop at the ATM? Spent all your cash at the other stands?  Ordering online?  No problem!  We are now accepting credit cards! 

We have been working hard to improve our operations and become more accessible.  Have any ideas?  Send us an email – we like to hear from you.

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Tom & Steph Milewski
109 Woodruff Lane
Jefferson Township, PA  18436

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Second Annual Environmental, Health, & Safety Award Competition Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  June 23, 2014
For further information:
Bill Hall/Executive Director
Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC)

Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center Announces the Second Annual Environmental, Health, & Safety Award Competition
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Applications are now being accepted from Pennsylvania-based small businesses, entrepreneurs, or university researchers who have a proposed or commercially available new technological advancement in the EH&S area for the shale gas industry. The application is available at Applications will be accepted until August 1st, 2014 with the winner notified by August 15, 2014.
Bill Hall, Executive Director of SGICC commented, “It is paramount to the success of the shale gas industry that they operate in an environmentally responsible, safe manner, which gains the trust and respect of the Commonwealth’s citizens, as well as the workers they employ and the communities in which they operate. Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is excited to make this announcement, and we look forward to receiving many competitive applications.”

The chosen winner will be publicly acknowledged. at the SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Technology Showcase during the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Pre-Conference Workshop and Conference to be held in Pittsburgh on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 1:30PM – 5:00PM. 

At the Technology Showcase, suppliers of emerging technologies in the shale gas industry will present their innovations to the natural gas community.  Participants are chosen based on a variety of criteria including readiness for field testing of their technology. Applications to participate in the Technology Showcase can be submitted until July 25, 2014 at The Technology Showcase is a national competition open to any company with a product or service ready for testing/demonstration applicable to the shale energy industry.

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (, an initiative of Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP ( is designed to harness innovation and new technologies as a means to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’s citizens from the various shale formations comprise part of the energy reserves of the Commonwealth.  The Center also identifies, supports and helps commercialize technologies and early-stage businesses that enhance responsible stewardship of the environment while properly utilizing this transformative energy asset.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Shale Insight 2014 Conference Technology Showcase September 23, 2014

SHALE INSIGHT™ 2014 Conference Technology Showcase
Sponsored by the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center
September 23, 2014 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

The Marcellus Shale Coalition's (MSC) Research Collaborative is holding its annual Technology Showcase as a pre-conference event prior to SHALE  INSIGHT™ 2014 conference in Pittsburgh, PA to provide suppliers of emerging technologies an opportunity to showcase their innovation to the natural gas producer, midstream pipeline and service community. This year the Showcase will be sponsored by the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center who has helped coordinate the event since its inception. The pre-conference Technology Showcase presentations will be on September 23, 2014, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Immediately following the presentations, there will be an opportunity for presenters and attendees to network.

This year’s Technology Showcase will feature a keynote address by Kemal Anbarci, Vice President & Managing Executive of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV). CTV champions innovation, commercialization and integration of emerging technologies within Chevron. CTV identifies, acquires, tests, validates, and, if appropriate, helps integrate technologies into the company's core businesses. Currently 15 companies in the O&G space are in their investment portfolio.

The Research Collaborative is seeking applications from technology providers who are interested in presenting to the natural gas community their technology that is ready for “field test”. The technology should be ready for pilot testing, slip stream or full scale demonstration in the Marcellus shale, Utica shale or at a coal-bed methane or coal-mine methane site. Technologies relating to natural gas producing, pipeline and service companies are of interest. In a format similar to that of a venture capital fair, selected suppliers will be asked to deliver an 8-minute presentation followed by a 2-minute Q&A session at the September 23, 2014 showcase. Up to twelve applicants will be selected to present at the showcase. In the past two years, several technologies that were presented have established industry partnerships.

To be considered as a presenter, the application available at must be completed and submitted online by the deadline of July 25, 2014. A selection committee of MSC Research Collaborative members will review the applications and notify the selected presenters by August 15, 2014. A detailed event schedule will be provided by September 17, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your application. Below are the relevant deadlines:

Applications:                                       July 25, 2014                       

Presenter Materials Due:                                 August 29, 2014

Online training courses:

Crude Oil Origins – In this course we will discuss the formation of oil and review the theories of its origin. You will get comprehensive information about oil reservoirs including their structure, oil accumulation, as well as distribution, migration and transformation of reservoir fluids. We will cover classification and evaluation of reservoirs and estimation of fuel reserves. We will also review fuel reserves focusing on quality, quantity, patterns, and benefits. Drilling Techniques.
Shale Gas Development – The course provides an overview of modern shale gas development, as well as a summary of federal, state, and local regulations applicable to the natural gas production industry, and describes environmental considerations related to shale gas development. It describes the importance of shale gas in meeting the future energy needs of the United States including its role in alternative energy strategies and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The course is intended to serve as a technical summary document, including geologic information on the shale gas basins in the U.S. and the methods of shale gas development. By providing an overview of the regulatory framework and the environmental considerations associated with shale gas development, it will also help facilitate the minimization and mitigation of adverse environmental impacts. By so doing, the course can serve as an instrument to facilitate informed public discussions.
Environmental Concerns Hydraulic fracturing is done with surprising precision and with an eye on the environment, yet it is interesting how the public reacts to the practice in relation to other techniques used throughout the world. Valid points are made on both fronts. The major concern against fracking resides in the overall health and well-being of people close to a well site, as well as the land, water, and air that might be adversely affected. With proper examination and logic, this course was developed to provide insight and reason in a practice fueled by profit for some and by civil concern for others. We will explore the history, public and media perception, and environmental and economic impacts.
The online education courses are provided to help educate the community and professionals.  Courses are fee based, but a portion of the fee ultimately aids in groundwater education and outreach.    The portal also offers online training in renewables, biomass,  and other topics.