Stories by Farm and Dairy Staff

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 […]

USDA proposes downer cow rule

Sunday, August 31, 2008

WASHINGTON — The USDA revealed Aug. 27 a proposed rule to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to initiate a complete ban on the slaughter of cattle that become non-ambulatory after initial inspection by Food Safety and Inspection Service inspection personnel. This proposed rule follows the May 20 announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer […]

New biopesticide for organic food boom

Sunday, August 31, 2008

PHILADELPHIA — With the boom in consumption of organic foods creating a pressing need for natural insecticides and herbicides that can be used on crops certified as “organic,” biopesticide pioneer Pam Marrone, is reporting development of a new “green” pesticide obtained from an extract of the giant knotweed. That 12-foot-high Goliath, named for the jointed […]

Straw residue too valuable to use for biofuels production

Saturday, August 30, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash.– Wheat growers should think twice before harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol production, said Ann Kennedy, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service soil scientist. “In the more than 100 years that we have been cultivating soils, we have lost about half of the original organic matter,” she said. “Organic matter provides nutrients crops need; it […]


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