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Damion daughter is grand champion at Pa. Holstein spring show

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dennis Patrick judged the 216 entries at the Pa. Holstein Association’s spring show March 21 in Harrisburg.

Muskingum conservancy drafts lease for shale drilling at Piedmont Lake

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is completing negotiations for an oil and gas lease for Utica Shale development for nearly 6,700 acres at Piedmont Lake in Belmont and Harrison counties.

Spring flood potential is widespread

Monday, March 24, 2014

NOAA predicts moderate spring flood potential in Midwest; California and Southwest stuck with drought.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 20, 2014:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA took one individual, Marta Bixler to compete in state semi finals for the job interview CDE on March 1. Job interview takes students through a rigors process in which they fill out a job application, conduct an interview, and write a thank you letter to the interviewers. Marta had […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 20, 2014:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MUNSON, Ohio —At the last meeting of the Breeders and Feeders, the poultry members discussed housing, feeding and heat. Books were ordered, along with turkeys. Chicken and duck orders are due at the March 23 meeting. Members taking hog projects bought project books for this year and talked about locating breeders and pigs. May 17 […]

Ohio siting board approves Scioto wind farm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Scioto wind farm will have a nameplate capacity of up to 300 megawatts of electric generation.

Pa. farmers: Submit REAP projects by March 31

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Farmers can receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 or 75 percent of the total project cost.

National conference on future of farming set in Kentucky in October

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Experts from throughout the nation will meet in Lexington, in October, for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use and food policy. The Farmland, Food and Livable Community Conference is scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown. The conference programs will address four principal themes: Ensuring high quality […]

USDA enhances farm storage facility loan program

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — The USDA recently announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The enhanced program includes 23 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to […]

United Fresh report finds fresh produce sales up

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — United Fresh Produce Association released the 2013 Year in Review edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce for the past year. The report shows during 2013, the produce department averaged more than $47,000 per week per store, which was up 4.8 percent over the previous year. […]

Manure management workshop for horse owners

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Topics covered will include an overview of the revised Manure Management Manual and steps on how to complete your own plan.

Invention gives amputee control and creativity

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Georgia Tech has created a robotic drumming prosthesis with motors that power two drumsticks.

National Farmers Union bestows highest honor

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. — National Farmers Union honored Stan Brown, Don Davis and Dallas Tonsager with the award for Meritorious Service to Farmers Union and American Agriculture, during its 112th anniversary convention recently. Recipients Stan Brown dedicated 43 years of his career to Farmers Union insurance, including 14 years as general manager of the Midwest […]

Patient access to cancer care threatened by growing demand, physician shortages

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The first-ever comprehensive assessment of challenges facing the U.S. cancer care system suggests patient access to cancer care will be threatened as growing demand for care outstrips the supply of oncologists, and as cost pressures force the closure of small physician practices that form the backbone of care in many communities. The […]

Cancer cells aren’t drunk when they look for host

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BALTIMORE — Because of results seen in flat lab dishes, biologists have believed cancers cells move through the body in a slow, aimless fashion, resembling an intoxicated person who cannot walk three steps in a straight line. This pattern, called a random walk, may hold true for cells traveling across two-dimensional lab containers, but Johns […]

Free toolkit aimed at helping rural first responders

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

URBANA, Ill. — When emergencies happen in rural areas, response time often depends on a small number of volunteer EMTs and firefighters serving a large geographic area. To help rural first responders and residents prepare for an emergency and act quickly, the Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety at Carle has developed the free […]

How does your garden grow? Only after much preparation

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners, but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well.

Dairy producers weighing shift in new farm bill

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Margin Protection Program is designed to help farmers deal with both catastrophic conditions, such as weather extremes, and prolonged periods of low margins.

William H. Wise, 1920-2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Longtime Portage County dairyman, William H. Wise, 1920-2014

Coats protect seeds planted in cold, wet soils

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Agricultural Research Service has conducted several studies to see whether adding a protective coating to corn and soybean seeds could help optimize planting schedules.

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