Stories by Katie Woods

Conservation, not regulation, to help control Lake Erie’s algae problem

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fertilizer conservation may be the answer to reducing phosphorus runoff from farms into Lake Erie, according to Mansfield News Journal.

New program to help farmers better use nitrogen fertilizer

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A new computer program could help farmers control their nitrogen fertilizer usage.

Millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table despite rising employment

Friday, August 22, 2014

Even though statistics say that U.S. employment is rising, the number of Americans who face food insecurity will not necessarily fall, according to Huffington Post.

Close race for Missouri farming rights amendment could prompt a recount

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Even though Missouri’s Constitutional Amendment 1 was passed on Aug. 5, a recount is expected.

Recalled beef leads to prosecution for employees

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Owners and two employees of a slaughterhouse that processed bad beef are now facing charges.

The Mason jar through the years

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Mason jar was once a staple for 19th and early 20th century living, but now it has become a modern, hip trend for some.

Three ways to extend your gardening season

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are several options for extending your gardening season into the fall and winter months.

Do you know what’s in your processed food? FDA may not know, either

Monday, August 18, 2014

The FDA is unaware of many additives that are used in processed foods, some of which cause illnesses.

Gas compressor station approved in Beaver County, Pennsylvania; threatens agriculture

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PowerSource reports that the proposed gas compressor station in the Marcellus Shale region of Beaver County, Pennsylvania has been approved, despite pleas from area residents.

Farm and Dairy’s week in review: 8/16

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The top stories from the week of August 10-16, 2014.

Record Ohio harvest, though some futures prices don’t match yield

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ohio’s corn yield is expected to exceed last year’s harvest, but the state’s soybean yield is predicted to be flat, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Corn crop to exceed demand, farmers worry

Thursday, August 14, 2014

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the corn harvest is looking plentiful this year, but farmers are concerned that the demand won’t be as great as the yield.

South leads Midwest soybean growers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

According to Reuters, the South’s soybean crop is growing more quickly than the rest of the country, and will potentially help lull the demand until midwest soybeans are ready in the coming months.

Toxic water affects some plants more than others

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Toledo Blade reports that water tainted with toxins from algal blooms is considered safe for some garden plants, but not all of them.

Preserving food with boiling water canning and pressure canning

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

There are two ways to preserve food: using a boiling water canner or using a pressure canner.

Wildflowers planted to boost Ohio bee population

Monday, August 11, 2014

In response to the decreasing bee population, the Ohio Department of Transportation has planted wildflowers along a state route to provide food for bees.

Phosphorus runoff studied at Ohio farms as reduction efforts begin

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Runoff from farms is one source of phosphorus that has contaminated Lake Erie, contributing to the toxic algae blooms that prompted a city-wide water ban in Toledo, Ohio in early August.

Weather is one factor in decreased butterfly population

Friday, August 8, 2014

The cold winter and wet spring are cited as two reasons why this year’s butterfly population is so low, according to The Washington Post.

Finding an alternative to mowers and weed whackers

Thursday, August 7, 2014

An alternative to mowers and weed whackers to clear stream banks has been tried by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, according to the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

USDA nutritional values still wrong after two decades

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1992′s food pyramid was replaced by the food plate in 2010, but more changes are coming in regards to what nutrition should look like.

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About Katie

Katie Woods is Farm and Dairy’s online content producer. She grew up in Columbiana, OH. Katie likes reading, enjoying the outdoors, and experimenting with craft projects.