Stories by Farm and Dairy Staff

FSA Andy for Sept. 4, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hello Again! The Wayne County Fair starts this Saturday. The Budweiser Clydesdale horses will be on display there most of the week, with intermittent scheduled demonstrations. This is in addition to the fair being the largest junior fair in the state of Ohio! The local FSA office has a display over on Machinery/Ag Row, so […]

USDA delays implementing revised Class III and IV make allowances

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

WASHINGTON — The USDA has delayed implementation of its interim final rule on Class III and IV make allowance adjustments by one month, in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of seven dairy farmer cooperatives, two other farm operators and a state dairy farmers association. The suit claims USDA was obliged by the passage […]

Wind turbine: Personal or profit?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Installing a wind turbine for energy needs may be a good green practice, but without careful planning, it may not result in the kind of green that’s good for the wallet. Purdue University renewable energy specialist Chad Martin said there are many factors to consider when installing a wind turbine to […]

Pennsylvania hits 400,000-acre mark in farmland preservation

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Board set a new record by preserving the state’s 400,000th acre. Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of acres preserved. The approved farmland included three Northampton County farms, which gives the county 10,302 acres preserved on 94 farms since 1991. The achievement was celebrated at the Graver […]

Farm and Dairy writers earn awards from Ohio SPJ

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Farm and Dairy writers have earned three awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists in the trade publications division of its 2008 writing competition. The awards, announced Aug. 25, honored staff reporter Janelle Skrinjar and editor Susan Crowell. Skrinjar won a second-place award in the Best Personality Profile category for her […]

Nothing to sneeze at: Earthworms blamed for spread of giant ragweed

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Scientists have discovered that “underground gardening” by earthworms is contributing to the spread of giant ragweed, a plant that causes sneezes and sniffles and is one of the nation’s most irritating weeds. “Earthworms help ragweed thrive by systematically collecting and burying its seeds in their burrows,” said weed ecologist Emilie Regnier of […]

New license plate benefits Ohio’s equine industry

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

COLUMBUS — A new specialty license plate recognizing the horse industry is now available through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. House Bill 293 gave the BMV the authority to issue the Ohio horse license plate through the special plates program. Proceeds The plates cost $30 annually, in addition to the usual registration fees. A […]

Historical construction equipment is put on display

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Enthusiastic fans of antique construction equipment came from many parts of the United States and several foreign countries to take part in the Historical Construction Equipment Association’s 23rd national convention held recently in Brownsville, Pa. in conjunction with the annual National Pike Steam Gas and Horse Association’s summer show.

ADM, Deere, Monsanto set to collaborate on corn stover research

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

DECATUR, Ill. — Archer Daniels Midland Company, Deere & Company and Monsanto Company have agreed to collaborate on research to explore technologies and processes to turn crop residues into feed and bioenergy products. The companies will work together to identify environmentally and economically sustainable methods for the harvest, storage and transport of corn stover — […]

Destined for greatness: Florida town lays claim to state’s first wind farm

Monday, September 1, 2008

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Destiny, Fla., America’s first eco-sustainable city, has created Florida’s first sustainable energy farm. Destiny’s Energy Farm will be a learning center where 21st century farming technologies and practices are showcased and designed to produce energy crops like sweet sorghum, algae, jatropha and other crops for alternative fuels. All green Destiny, a […]


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