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Remembering an old friend

Thursday, November 11, 2010

By JAMES MCCONNELL I read something the other day that brought into focus some things I don’t normally talk about. The anonymous quote said simply, “A veteran is a person who wrote a blank check to his country.” I am a proud veteran. I am also a lucky veteran. My check was never cashed. Some […]

Honoring our veterans, our heroes

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Each morning, by dawn’s early light, Ohioans Virgil and June Smith look out their dining room window at the memorial Virgil has literally cut in stone to honor America and salute the seven sons his mother and father sent off to serve in our country’s military.

Farm Bureau: Proposed regulations on wood boilers in N.Y. are impractical

Monday, November 8, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer NEW YORK — Owners of outdoor wood boilers in New York caught a break in late October as state officials held off on implementing a new set of regulations that would have curtailed their use. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is considering a set of regulations that […]

Pa. still trying to tackle state’s milk pricing system

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pennsylvania dairy farmers will have to wait until next to renew the legislative fight to change the state’s milk pricing system and end the issue of stranded premiums.

N.Y. legislators introduce bill that requires vaccination of egg layers

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer SALEM, Ohio — In response to the nation’s largest recall of eggs, two New York lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require any eggs sold in the state to come from chickens that have been vaccinated against salmonella. The requirement would include eggs produced by New York farmers, and […]

Pa. examines benefits of injecting manure into farm fields

Monday, September 6, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer LANCASTER, Pa. — Pennsylvania is looking into new ways to deal with the old problem of manure. This year, Pennsylvania is using a $225,000 federal grant to study the benefits of injecting manure into farm fields. Study purpose The purpose is twofold: To see if farmers receive better fertilization from […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: They’re listening. Are we talking?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The author started out to clear the name of dairy farmers in online comments to a Farm and Dairy article, but instead started an open dialogue between farmers and consumers.

Feds: No tolls on I-80 in Pa.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Interstate 80 is one of the main trucking thoroughfares in the state and is used by many agricultural businesses.

Funding woes continue to hinder Pa. fair board members

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Officials fear politics are behind the lack of funding for county fairs in Pennsylvania.

Butler County Pedalers are Pennsylvania Farm Show fiber junkies

Friday, January 29, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Like the fibers that float through the air from their just-spun wardrobe, shawl-draped Butler County Pedalers members anxiously floated from spinning wheel to weaver, talking about their love of wool. One wears a pure cashmere shawl, hand-made. Another sports a very soft, durable shawl made of silk and mohair — all hand-knit […]

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