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A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 4, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

ALBANY, Ohio — The Alexander FFA chapter held a chapter meeting Jan. 27. Topics that were discussed and voted upon included making committees for the banquet, creating an audit committee for our treasurer’s records, buying a new camera for the chapter reporter and also discussing the notion of holding the chapter officer elections in February […]

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

Thursday, February 4, 2010

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio — The Bareshoe Wranglers met at the Jefferson Joint Vocational School with Morgan Millhorn leading the meeting. The club elected the following officers: Holly Mazur, president; Ali Glenn, vice president; Jennifer Smith, secretary; and Courtney Darling, treasurer. Window decorating and the spaghetti dinner was discussed. The next meeting will be Feb. 17 at […]

U.S. organic producers harvesting 1.6 million acres; expenses higher than conventional farmers

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 — The nation’s organic farms and ranches have higher average sales and higher average production expenses than U.S. farms overall, according to results of the 2008 Organic Production Survey released Feb. 3 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. “This was USDA’s first wide-scale survey of organic producers, and it was […]

Growers shouldn’t rely on chemical treatments for vomitoxin in grain

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio growers may be concerned about moldy grain and vomitoxin development in storage, but they shouldn’t rely on chemical treatments to prevent any further contamination, says an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist. “I’ve fielded questions from growers as to whether or not vomitoxin will increase in storage over time, if vomitoxin […]

Highland County deer is a new state record

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

DAYTON — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife said recently another record-setting deer has been harvested in southwestern Ohio.

The 18-point nontypical (nonsymmetrical antlered) deer, taken by Brian Stephens Nov. 30 with a muzzleloader in Highland County, was officially scored Jan. 30.

Cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Tenn.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

VONORE, Tenn. — Leaders from DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, University of Tennessee, Genera Energy and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen cut the ribbon on one of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities, located in Vonore, Tenn. The 74,000-square-foot plant has started producing ethanol and can produce ethanol from agricultural residue and bioenergy crops, including corncobs […]

NFO dairy proposal looks at pricing

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

CORALVILLE, Iowa — The National Farmers Organization is promoting its Cooperative Marketing Initiative, a nongovernmental approach, to help improve general milk price levels across the country. According to Dairy Division Director Bradly Rach, the initiative could become an extension of Cooperatives Working Together, or CWT, and continue to be administered by National Milk Producers Federation. […]

Corn in storage susceptible to mold

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio corn growers may have relished record corn yields in 2009 — with a state average of 174 bushels per acre — but grain quality is turning out to be a different story. Abnormally cool, wet weather late in the production season and during harvest has resulted in widespread levels of vomitoxin […]

Ohio farmers can get help with farmland preservation

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio farmers who want to preserve their farmland through the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program can apply now through April 26. Agricultural easements are voluntary legal agreements restricting nonagricultural development on farmland, with the land itself remaining on the tax rolls and under private ownership and management. Landowners may undertake any […]

Hagen nominated for food safety chief

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — Elisabeth Hagen has been nominated as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. Hagen will serve with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The food safety mission of USDA includes the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring […]

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