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Bill Richards inducted into ODNR Hall of Fame

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bill Richards, Ohio farmer and former chief of the USDA’s Soil Conservation Service, was enshrined into the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Hall of Fame.

DEP: Radiation levels normal after Greene County well fire

Monday, March 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH — The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Bureau of Radiation Protection (BRP) said that data collected in response to the recent Chevron well fire in Greene County showed no radiation levels above normal “background” levels. On Feb. 13 and 14, DEP’s BRP responded to the Chevron well fire in Greene County to ensure the […]

Insurance and the new farm bill

Monday, March 10, 2014

By DARYLL E. RAY and HARWOOD D. SCHAFFER Though members of Congress often have every intention of enacting a new farm bill well before farmers have to make planting decisions, so farmers can take the new policies into consideration in their planning process, very often planting is under way before the legislation is completed and […]

Do your calves get quality colostrum?

Monday, March 10, 2014

As spring calving season approaches, it is vital calves receive adequate immunity at birth. Because calves are born without an active immune system, they rely on the consumption of antibodies from colostrum for protection against scours and pneumonia.

Gov. Corbett announces alternative fuel grants for natural gas vehicles

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program will open March 1, providing an estimated $8 million in grants for the purchase or conversion of alternative fuel vehicles.

Spring forward to save energy? Not so fast…

Saturday, March 8, 2014

When the time comes, people around the world turn their clocks an hour ahead come the springtime and turn them back again when autumn arrives. This is because of daylight saving time, an idea first introduced centuries ago by Benjamin Franklin.

Checkoff-funded grant gives culinary students a look at today’s veal

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Veal sizzled in the culinary classroom of Monroe Career and Technology Institute (MCTI) in Bartonsville, Pa., Feb. 24.

‘CSI River Otters:’ Animal forensics, DNA used to estimate population

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The restoration of Pennsylvania’s river-otter population has been, by all accounts, a great success, and a study being conducted by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will soon quantify the accomplishment by yielding population information.

Huge food show in Dubai is opportunity to showcase U.S. beef

Friday, March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — A dozen leaders of state and national agriculture organizations from around the United States visited the Middle East and Europe through a trade mission organized by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the potential of these two export markets for U.S. beef, pork and lamb. […]

New farm bill gives farmers new options for risk management

Friday, March 7, 2014

The 2014 farm bill gives farm operators and landowners the choice among fixed price supports (PLC) and county- or farm-level revenue coverage (ARC). Although still early, some general conclusions about the programs can be reached.

U.S. exported less ag equipment in 2013

Friday, March 7, 2014

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Exports of U.S. agricultural equipment dropped 6 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year for a total of $12 billion shipped to global markets, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, citing U.S. Commerce Department data it uses in trend reports for members. Results were mixed by world region. AEM said […]

How to prevent snow-related roof collapses

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Some basic steps to protecting your farm building rooves from snow damage.

Gear up for mentored youth fishing days at many locations

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The 2014 Mentored Youth Fishing Days are approaching, so youth anglers and their mentors are gearing up to fish on 41 waters across the state.

Mildred (Burbick) Ewing-Fiscus, 94

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NORTH LIMA, Ohio — Mildred (Burbick) Ewing-Fiscus, 94, of North Lima, formerly of Salem, died at 3:15 p.m. March 5, 2014, at the Inn at Glenellen. She was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Homeworth, Ohio to the late Orville and Emma (Brunner) Burbick. She was an active member of the Salem First Friends Church. She […]

James Holwick Pidgeon, 72

Thursday, March 6, 2014

EAST ROCHESTER, Ohio — James Holwick Pidgeon, 72, of East Rochester, Ohio, passed away March 2, 2014, at his home following an extended illness. He was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Salem, the son of the late James Arthur Jr. and Betty Jane Pidgeon. Jim attended Salem High School and was a 1960 graduate of […]

Carbon sequestration not so simple

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Findings at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 6, 2014:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

BELMONT, Ohio — The Belmont County 4-H Horse Committee met Feb. 18. Elections were held and officers are: Jeff Kinsey, president; Dave Kuckuck, vice president; Jeanne Shaw, secretary; Becky Elizeus, treasurer; Jeanne Shaw, point secretary. The next meeting is set for March 13 at 6 p.m. at the Belmont County Extension office. The arena committee […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 6, 2014:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Smithville FFA chapter sent a group of members to the National Farm Machinery Show, in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 13-14. The students who went were Brett Bauman, Colin Stoll, Jacob Studer, Zach Studer, Cole Thomspon, Wyatt Baer, Tristen Stoll, Kolstin Hartzler, Frank Becker, Wyatt Loving, Michael Stewart, Shawn Mantovani, Wren Hostetler, Jesse Stoller, Colton Martell […]

Schrader auction company sells fertilizer equipment

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — Kevin Wendt and Nick Cummings, of Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, Inc., auctioned off fertilizer equipment for Trupointe Feb. 25 in Springfield, Ohio. The highest selling item at the auction was a Rogator 1074 liquid, which sold for $50,000. Other top-sellers were a GVM Prowler 9275 combo, that a bidder […]

Website launched to train communities across U.S. in food systems planning

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Communities looking to broaden access to healthy food and sustain local farms and food production have a new resource:, a repository of information on food systems planning.


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