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Conservation Reserve Program sign-up benefits producers, protects habitat

Monday, September 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently said USDA will accept 4.3 million acres offered by landowners under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The selections preserve and enhance environmentally sensitive lands, including wetlands, while providing payments to property owners. “Interest in this open enrollment period was high, and I’m pleased that producers and […]

Biomass crops featured in Farm Science Review plots

Sunday, September 19, 2010

LONDON, Ohio — From poplar and willow trees to sweet sorghum and switchgrass, visitors to Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review can learn more about the potential for producing bioenergy crops in Ohio. Nearly two dozen biomass crops will be part of the demonstration plots exhibited at the east end of Friday Avenue of the […]

Study shows suction aeration minimizes pests in grain bins

Saturday, September 18, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Aeration — blowing ambient air through grain storage bins — has been used for decades to maintain the quality of grain by keeping it cool, as well as to manage stored insect pests. But few recent studies have examined whether it’s better to direct air from above or below as a means […]

Large biomass research still ongoing

Saturday, September 18, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, Ohio — Opportunities and challenges are evident as the biomass industry develops new methods of producing renewable energy across the U.S. Scientists from Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, recently discussed ongoing biomass production and logistical efforts in producing renewable energy from biomass, at a conference in College Station.

Analysis of chocolate genome could result in improved crops, products

Friday, September 17, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An international team of researchers from 20 institutions — led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, and Mark Guiltinan of Penn State — has completed the sequencing and analysis of the genome for the Criollo variety of the cacao tree, generally considered to produce the world’s finest chocolate. “The large amount […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Sept. 16, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Nine of the 10 Zane Trace FFA officers traveled with the Paint Valley officer team to Columbus Sept. 8 to attend the Ohio Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference Officers were greeted by Ohio State FFA officers including president Amy Jo Frost. The keynote speaker was Kelly Barnes, a former Oklahoma State FFA […]

Solar projects drive $1.4 billion into Pa.’s economy

Thursday, September 16, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sustained growth and declining costs are driving Pennsylvania’s solar market to generate an ever-increasing amount of clean, renewable energy, which is saving consumers money, according to Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. The secretary said that in 2009, the share of solar energy generation among Pennsylvania’s power pool increased by 350 […]

AUCTION ROUNDUP: AGCO R-72 combine nets over $20,000

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Schrader Auction sold an AGCO R-72 combine for $21,750 Aug. 27 at a sale in Washington Court House, Ohio.

Tips for farmers when handling media inquiries

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

(Read: What to do when the media call your farm) Handling media inquiries 1. Know who is calling and why. Get the reporter’s name and media outlet. Find out why he’s calling. 2. It’s OK to buy some time. Confirm reporter’s deadline and return the call well before it, to give you some time to […]

College’s agricultural partnership to stimulate economy in southwest Ohio

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Wilmington College and the Center for Innovative Food Technologies have announced a partnership to establish agricultural business development activities in southwest Ohio. The centerpiece of the new relationship will be a food, agricultural and agribusiness incubator program designed to help stimulate job growth. Wilmington College President Dan DiBiasio said the partnership with […]

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