Meet Jana Malot -- CBB Board Member
Jana and Clem Malot’s heritage is rooted in Fulton County, with their ancestors involved in the farming industry dating back to the 1700’s. The original settlement from 1732, before the formation of the United States, remains in Clem’s family today, making him the seventh generation to manage the land. The ground has been continuously farmed since then with the land used for grain, some livestock and a large timber and grain milling operation through past generations. Jana grew up on a dairy farm which her father converted to a cow/calf, swine and cattle feeding operation. Today, the couple manages the families’ land with 300 acres of pasture, home to 50 cow/calf pairs, replacement heifers, 16 mules and horses, and a small herd of grass-finished steers, sold direct to consumer.
Along with the farming operation, they operate Uncle Clem’s Place, a farm vacation bed-and-breakfast in an original family farmstead. Folks from nearby metropolises like Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore, frequent the farm for a weekend get-a-way. The farm also hosts weddings, parades, funerals, parties, pony rides, trail rides and camping trips.
Jana, Clem and grandson, Jadin, manage the day-to-day operation of the farm and take great pride in their heritage and hard work. Those visiting Uncle Clem’s Place are welcomed to also work side-by-side with the Malots, or just enjoy the peace and serenity the farm has to offer. Jana has recently retired, after 30 years of service to the USDA National Resource Conservation Service. With more time to focus on her family’s farming operation, the Malots have expanded their farm’s pasture usage to incorporate year-round grazing for their cattle. With Jana’s family heavily involved in agriculture through the years she claims, “Farming is in my blood. It is the lifestyle I know and love. I enjoy the animals and enjoy being outdoors.”
The Malots are devoted to continually improving their land management. “I have a passion for making the world a better place. The land was given to us to manage; we don’t own it,” Jana noted, “We have to make it better before we pass it on to the next generation.” Each day, no matter the season, Jana and Clem are intent on giving their cattle the best quality feed and ensuring high quality grasses are available in the pasture year round. They are also sensitive to the quality of water delivered to their cattle and make certain this is a high priority day in and day out.
Their conservation practices are set to meet high quality standards to ensure they are being the best stewards of the land that they can be. Cattle are fenced out of wooded areas, preserving the immense work the Malots have put into the timber re-growth on the farm. Cross-fencing allows cattle to stay only in the prescribed grazing areas and away from water systems. Stream crossings are stone-lined to protect the waterways and vegetation buffers are fenced off. The farm is solely run on solar power, keeping their electric energy use at a minimum and efficiency at a cost-effective and sustainable maximum.
When asked about the future of their farming operation, the Malots are looking to expand the profit potentials on their farm by exploring feedlot options for their younger groups of cattle. Jana has been researching nutrient needs, potential feed lot areas on their property with their current land base and even put a group cattle into Masonic Village Farm’s operation to see the outcome as feeders. There is growth potential on the horizon but Jana also expresses concern when looking to pass the operation on to the next generation. Questions such as getting the transition plan set up and finding trusted and qualified individuals to take over the land and business are among her top concerns.
Jana is a respected member in the Ag community receiving various distinguishing honors and serving on a variety of committees and coalitions. Malot serves as a Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) representative, ex-officio member on the Pennsylvania Beef Council Board of Directors, along with also belonging to the Society for Range Management, the American Forage and Grass Council, the Penn State Ag Council and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, just to name a few. Recently, Jana was awarded the Pennsylvania Forage & Grassland Council’s Award of Appreciation for Exemplary Assistance to the National Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative in conducting the fourth National Grazing Conference. Malot was also selected as the first woman to receive the Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Sciences Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus for 2012, which she counts as her greatest honor.
To hear more about the Malot’s operation view their “Out on the Land” segment with Dr. Larry Butler here.