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True value of cover crops to farmers, environment

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cover cropping is one of the most rapidly growing soil and water conservation strategies.

Growing the next generation: Turn kids loose in the garden

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Set aside a plot of dirt where childre can sow their own seeds and tend to their own gardens.

Cover crops project reduces nutrient loads in lakes

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Great Lakes Cover Crop Initiative (GLCCI), promoted cover crops and conservation farming systems to crop producers in the Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan watersheds.

Keith Smith retiring from OSU Extension in 2015

Friday, April 4, 2014

When he retires in 2015, Keith Smith will have led the OSU Extension organization for 23 years.

Growing in high tunnels takes planning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

High tunnels make it possible to grow crops in cooler conditions and extend the growing season.

Farmland documentary follows six farmers

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s new feature length documentary, Farmland, will be released nationally May 1. The film, produced by Moll’s Allentown Productions with financial support from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, will be distributed in more than 60 major markets. Numerous national exhibitors will be carrying the film including Regal Cinemas, […]

U.S. hog and pigs inventory lowest since 2007

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON – As of March 1, there were 62.9 million head of hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, the lowest inventory since 2007, according to the quarterly hogs and pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Key findings: Of the 62.9 million head of hogs and pigs, […]

State agencies craft manure agreement

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Current law gives oversight of agricultural pollution and manure management responsibility for smaller livestock farms to ODNR while ODA regulates the large livestock farms.

Optimum planting date could be delayed this year

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In most years, experts advise to plant corn in southern Ohio between April 10 and May 10 and in northern Ohio between April 15 and May 10.

Beef producers: Beware of cold winter’s impact on calving, lactation

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Beef cows’ nutritional requirements to stay warm and perform well have been higher this winter, putting pressure on their hay inventories and leading to increased costs for producers.

Increase to Ohio’s beef checkoff approved, ODA says

Monday, March 31, 2014

The referendum, seeking to increase the state checkoff on cattle from $1 to $2, received enough favorable votes to pass.

U.S. farmers expect to plant record soybean crop

Monday, March 31, 2014

Planting intentions surpass historic soybean record by 4 million acres, USDA reports.

Wayne County recognizes top dairy producers

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wayne County Dairy Service unit meets, recognizes best.

Give frost seeding a try right now to improve pastures

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Red clover is a popular choice for frost seeding because it has high seedling vigor, is tolerant of a wide range of soil pH and fertility conditions, and tolerates drought

Dairy Farmers of America: 2013 financial results reported

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dairy Farmers of America ended the year with strong operating results.

Ernie King, 1948-2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

RAVENNA, Ohio — Ernie King, 66, of Deerfield, Ohio died unexpectedly on March 16, 2014. He was born in Maysville, Ky., March 5, 1948, to parents Lloyd and Lavona King. Immediately following high school graduation, Mr. King started working for AT&T in Cincinnati, Ohio. He worked his way up to corrosion engineer, retiring after 33 […]

USDA extends Milk Income Loss Contract program

Friday, March 28, 2014

USDA has extended the Milk Income Loss Contract program through Sept. 1, 2014, or until a new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers (MPP), established by the 2014 farm bill, is operational.

4R Nutrient Stewardship certification program launched

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ag retailers and stakeholders from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan gather to learn more about certification process

New poultry litter application method holds promise in corn

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Farmers often use poultry litter as an alternative to chemical fertilizer in pasture and row crop production, as it provides nutrients and organic matter for plants and soil.

Sandra Jean Minett

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — Sandra Jean (Hawkins) Minett, 70, of Salem, died March 17 at her home. She was born May 24, 1943, in Salem, daughter of the late George Webb Hawkins and Mary Josephine (Hudson) Hawkins. She was a customer service representive with Columbia Gas Company. She had also worked at Lincoln Place Apartments as […]

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