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Conservation corridors: Seed dispersal study shows value, say experts

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Field ecologists go to great lengths to get data. Radio collars and automatic video cameras are among their tools for documenting the natural world.

Reduce inflammation and feel better beginning with your next meal

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Science continues to expose connections between our food choices, inflammation, and the incidence of chronic diseases like arthritis.

Expansion of beef cattle herds on the horizon

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Whether the national beef herd grows or declines in the coming months will depend on cow slaughter numbers.

Plans set for Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School set for March 17

Saturday, March 1, 2014

OSU Extension, KSU Vesta Program, and the Ashtabula Research Station for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center are co-sponsoring the Northeast Ohio Winter Grape School from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 17 at the Geneva Lodge and Conference Center in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Biomass crop production: Carbon sequestration not so simple

Saturday, March 1, 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. These studies at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA’s chief intramural scientific research agency, support the USDA priority of developing new sources of bioenergy.

OSU Extension conferences to help small farm owners

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Small farmers wanting to expand or make their farms work more efficiently, or landowners who are new to agriculture and are looking for ways to utilize acreage, can learn entrepreneurial tips from agricultural experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences during a series of small farms conferences in March.

Conference addresses mastitis and milk quality

Friday, February 28, 2014

To help dairy farmers, veterinarians and other agricultural industry professionals understand how to prevent and treat mastitis, the Penn State Extension Veterinary Team is hosting the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference, March 25-26 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville.

Pork lovers asked to share their love

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Pork Checkoff has been celebrating the love of pork with consumers, through an integrated marketing program, including a national pork share-a-thon.

Purdue sponsoring specialty foods workshop March 13

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Purdue University workshop March 13 will offer guidance on how to start a specialty food business.

Why are conditions so dry in California?

Friday, February 28, 2014

California is supposed to be the Golden State. Make that golden brown. The entire west coast of the U.S. is changing color as the deepest drought in more than a century unfolds.

Potatoes come in more sizes, colors than most Americans know

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture.

Experts research engineering industrial waste into proppants for shale gas and oil recovery

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants — particles used to open rock fractures — for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz.

Dairy farms are not a source of far-flung bioaerosols

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Agricultural Research Service microbiologist Rob Dungan is documenting how bioaerosol dispersal fluctuates throughout the day and year, their downwind concentrations, and factors that affect dispersal patterns.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 27, 2014:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA Chapter has an Ag in the Classroom committee that goes over to Northwestern Elementary once a month to teach elementary students about different aspects of agriculture. In the month of January, the students learned about poultry. The students were taught about some of the benefits and products that […]

Crawford Co. dairyman receives top award from Pa. Dairymen’s Assoc.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association honored Rob Waddell, Townville, Pa., and Irene Benner Osborne, Millerstown, Pa., with two of its top awards.

Pioneer, USDA, university partnership may yield sustainable farm benefits

Monday, February 24, 2014

The three-year exclusive agreement among DuPont Pioneer, the University of Missouri and USDA-ARS will focus on precision agriculture sensors and soil mapping.

Corn residue management makes dramatic impact on emergence

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Corn growers know the satisfaction of seeing newly emerged, uniform rows of green corn plants set against the backdrop of dark, rich soils.

Should you reduce fertilizer rates in response to lower prices?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Changes in crop prices often generate questions about the economics of fertilization. Prices for many crops, particularly corn, have recently fallen considerably from the highs of the past few years.

Enhance yields with timing of nitrogen applications

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Growers are doing a better job of managing nitrogen fertilizer applications. In recent years, the amount of fertilizer used has remained relatively constant while average yields have steadily increased.

California leads U.S. milk production; Ohio dairy herd numbers drop

Saturday, February 22, 2014

California continues to lead the U.S. in number of milk cows and overall milk production, while Ohio lost 130 licensed dairy herds in 2013.

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