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Scientists improving flavor of produce

Monday, August 23, 2010

DAVIS, Calif. — Remember when every bite of store-bought produce was succulent? Today’s youth in America have a different experience with store-bought fruits and vegetables — sometimes they’re yummy and juicy, sometimes they taste like chalk. That doesn’t help a parent to persuade a child to try an unfamiliar food. Problem “It’s a problem, because […]

Survey gauges N.Y. farmers’ feelings on converting to organic farming

Monday, August 23, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced the results of a survey that asked conventional farmers about their level of interest in transitioning to organic agriculture. The survey, conducted in conjunction with the New York Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, found that 40 percent of conventional farmers who […]

Bayer agrees to discontinue use of pesticide aldicarb

Friday, August 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Bayer CropScience, the manufacturer, have reached an agreement to end use of the pesticide aldicarb in the U.S. A new risk assessment conducted by EPA based on recently submitted toxicity data indicates that aldicarb, an N-methyl carbamate insecticide, no longer meets the agency’s rigorous food safety standards […]

U.S. agricultural equipment exports up compared to 2009

Friday, August 20, 2010

WASHINGTON — Exports of U.S. agricultural equipment have increased each quarter of 2010, with midyear shipments totaling $4.9 billion, a gain of 4 percent compared to January-June 2009, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

Reader: Dividend tax is unjust

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Editor: A friend asked me recently, “Did you know that there are more pages in the U.S. Tax Code than there are pages in all the publications in the Library of Congress?” I was not surprised, just outraged, like we all should be. I won’t preach to the guardians of our unholy federal tax system […]

Ohio broadband projects receive federal funding

Thursday, August 19, 2010

COLUMBUS — Three Ohio broadband projects by Connect Ohio, OneCommunity and Horizon Telecom will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The awards are among the 94 Recovery Act investments in broadband projects announced recently by Vice President Biden that will create jobs and expand economic opportunities within 37 […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Aug. 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

BELOIT, Ohio — This year at the Columbiana County Fair, nearly 30 West Branch FFA students showed an animal. Nine were steers, nine were market hogs, two showed sheep, seven showed dairy beef feeders and there were three dairy animals.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Aug. 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio — The Bareshoe Wranglers 4-H club met at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds recently. Holly Mazur led the meeting with 15 attending. The club went over fair preparations. Cody and Kirstin Turner talked about horse safety, Samantha Glenn talked about bird watching and Mazur and Jennifer Smith talked about grain and hay safety. The […]

Stranded’ payments frustrate Pa. dairymen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer TEMPLE, Pa. — Pennsylvania farmers, still struggling with poor milk prices, are trying to close a loophole that prevents a fee paid by consumers from reaching their milk check. Pennsylvania consumers pay an over-order premium — currently about a quarter — every time they buy a gallon of milk, and […]

Handling a farm crisis: ‘Pro’ is the way to go

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

By ANDY ANDREWS Contributing Writer MANHEIM, Pa. — For Eric Haman, the hellish week began on a Monday in early November last year. Haman received a call from a Fox News TV producer that no corporate communications manager wants to receive: Fox News was in possession of an undercover 12-minute video. The video showed alleged […]

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