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Ohio’s Cooper Farms begins expansion at cooked meats plant

Thursday, March 11, 2010

VAN WERT, OHIO– Cooper Farms has begun construction on the first phase of a 50,000 square foot expansion at their Cooked Meats Plant. Gary Cooper, chief operating officer, said the additional 50,000 square feet will be used for up to six new high speed deli meat slicing lines and eventually employ about 150 additional team […]

Co-firing biomass with coal can help Pennsylvania reach energy goal

Thursday, March 11, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Blending biomass into the coal stream that feeds electricity-generation plants offers the opportunity to reduce harmful emissions and create a market for renewable fuel, according to a biomass-energy expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. And Pennsylvania power-plant operators have a big incentive for co-firing coal with biomass they buy […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

CRESTON, Ohio –Norwayne FFA members competing at an ag sales competition Feb. 22 at Hillsdale High school were Bree Barner, Lydia Hartzler, Ally Mangun, and Nicole Steiner. The team placed first in the district, with Mangun placing second individually, and Steiner, fourth. Mangun also competed in the district public speaking contest March 2, placing second […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

BARNESVILLE, Ohio — The Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers 4-H group met Feb. 20 at the Main Street United Methodist Church. In addition to the reports, the club worked on community service projects. The next meeting is March 14 at 10 a.m. at the Main Street United Methodist Church. * * * CARROLLTON, Ohio — The […]

Get details on organic farm certification at ‘Organics 201′

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ohio State University and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association are coordinating a workshop will guide farmers through the process of completing an organic farm plan, which they must complete annually to receive and maintain organic certification.

Want to learn how Ohio maple syrup is produced? Take a ride and find out

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

CHARDON, Ohio — March is here and that means the March Maple Madness Driving Tour is ready to roll. The Ohio Maple Producers Association, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the Ohio maple industry, sponsors the tour. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13-14, and 20-21.

Cornell student will live her thesis: Bringing insurance to Kenyan farmers

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ITHACA, N.Y. — In the arid, dusty Marsabit region of northern Kenya, most people rely on livestock — for food, milk and income — to survive. So when a drought hits the already desertlike area and plants and animals begin to die, the entire population is at risk of famine. And because northern Kenya experiences […]

Feeding citrus could reduce salmonella in livestock

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

DALLAS — The essential oils in orange peel and pulp kill E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella, according to research presented at the 2010 Beef Industry Safety Summit. Lead researcher Todd Callaway with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service found that dietary orange peel and pulp reduced Salmonella populations in the intestinal tract of sheep. Callaway expects the […]

Modified gestation stalls improve sow well-being

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

URBANA, Ill. — Slight modifications to sow gestation stalls may provide answers to one of the most controversial issues facing the swine industry. Many companies and large swine operations are pulling sows out of gestation stalls and moving them to group housing. While group housing works, research at the U of I shows this practice […]

FAPRI report: Will livestock sector be the tide that lifts the farm economy ship?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

WASHINGTON — The livestock sector can lead the agricultural economy to higher net farm income, assuming the farm economy benefits from a recovering general U.S. economy. That analysis tops a 2010 baseline report prepared by the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute delivered to the U.S. Congress March 9. Possibilities, if… The […]

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