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Pennsylvania farmers struggling with drought, but some doing well

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania farmers dealing with a precipitation deficit approaching 9 inches below average are trying to make the best of a parched situation, according to experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a drought warning for 24 counties, and the remainder of the […]

Singin’ the blues: Stop factory musicians

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

(Editor’s note: As we get closer to the 25th anniversary Farm Aid concert Oct. 2 in Milwaukee, expect to hear the refrain “Stop Factory Farmers.” Farm Aid tells us corporate agriculture drives small farmers from the land, ruins food and harms the environment. Ohio Farm Bureau communicator and music fan Joe Cornely, with tongue firmly […]

Ashland County Fair tractor pull results

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ASHLAND, Ohio — The Ashland County Agricultural Society hosted an Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association sanctioned pull held during the 159th Ashland County Fair. Four classes were posted for the full grandstand of attendees. • Super Stock Division: Jeff Hothen took first with a pull of 403.60 feet on “Fully Loaded.” Frank Keener with “XXX” […]

Stephen Colbert brings unique voice to guest worker program on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

By DANIELLE ALBERTI AND ANDREW POLK Scripps Howard Foundation WASHINGTON — The growing crowd outside the large wooden doors of the House Judiciary Committee milled anxiously as the hour drew near. As the doors swung open, a diverse audience of suited Capitol Hill interns, union members clad in red “Take our jobs” T-shirts, United Farm […]

‘Ohio animal owners, unite’

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Editor: “Ohio animal owners, unite” As November grows closer, all animal owners need to work as one since the deal between Gov. Ted Strickland, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the HSUS. We have not received the support of the Ohio Farm Bureau. They say they have our backs, I say watch what they do to […]

New program helps landowners decide what to grow and how to market it

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

COLUMBUS — There is a growing trend in Ohio agriculture toward the direct marketing of agricultural products featuring locally grown food products. Consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of buying local and buying fresh. As the demand for local food products increases so does the interest in growing and producing a variety of […]

Drought threatens Pa. well water levels

Monday, September 27, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — After months of very little rainfall — and with long-term weather forecasts predicting little improvement through fall and early winter — well owners across the state have begun to grow uneasy, according to a groundwater expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. All of Pennsylvania is under a drought watch, […]

State PACE programs growing despite cuts

Monday, September 27, 2010

WASHINGTON — According to new statistics released by American Farmland Trust’s (AFT) Farmland Information Center, state governments’ efforts to protect agricultural land through purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs accelerated in 2009 despite funding shortfalls. PACE programs pay farmers and ranchers to permanently protect their land with a conservation easement that limits future development […]

Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Monday, September 27, 2010

Five Ohio farm families received the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Award Sept. 23 at the Farm Science Review: John M. Buck, Marion County; Eugene and Dean Welch, Ashland County; Stanley and Rick Moore, Harrison County; Larry, Richard and Sam Kinney, Logan County; Martha Gerber Rittinger, Ross County.

The pros and cons of miscanthus: uses more water, leaches less nitrogen

Saturday, September 25, 2010

URBANA, Ill. — In the search for the perfect crop for biofuel production, miscanthus has become the darling to many. But in an effort to not be charmed by its enormous potential for biomass production, researchers at the University of Illinois are taking a careful look at the pros and cons of its behavior in […]

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