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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.

Penn State creates Firth Family Trustee Scholarship

Friday, February 21, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need, with first preference going to those from the northwestern Pennsylvania counties of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Warren. With a $50,000 gift, Les and Elaine […]

Pa. adds 26 farms to preservation program

Friday, February 21, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded 2,359 additional acres on 26 farms in 13 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program. Counties The board preserved farms in Berks, Butler, Chester, Crawford, Cumberland, Erie, Juniata, Lancaster, Lycoming, Northampton, Perry, Union and York counties. Since the program began in 1988, federal, state, […]

Farmers take care: Drifting herbicides can cause unintended consequences

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers.

The emerald ash borer has met its match

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Woodpeckers find emerald ash borers a handy food source and may slow the spread of this noxious pest, even ultimately controlling it, suggest researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What can tomatoes teach us about biodiversity? Quite a bit

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scientists are using the genomes of wild tomatoes to study the processes that drive Earth’s biodiversity. Their goal is to learn how species cope with differences in climate and natural enemies, and what might happen in this time of environmental change.

Project battles slugfest in field crops

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Slugs are one of the most challenging pests faced by no-till field crop growers in the Northeast, but a new Penn State project is looking to contain these pests while benefiting the environment.

New sustainable ag farmers need access, farm management knowledg

Thursday, February 20, 2014

On-farm internships and land-link programs are two important models for increasing the number of farmers in the sustainable-agriculture movement, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Estes Auctions holds vintage radio auction

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BURBANK, Ohio — Estes Auctions radio sale offered a variety of radio items, and more than 100 bidders from 18 states, Canada, Europe and absentee came to bid on items Jan. 18. Sold Highlights included a Tresco one tube receiver that sold for $29,000 a Marconi magnetic detector that went for $15,500 and a Marconi […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 20, 2014:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA members competed in the district 3 ag sales and job interview contests at Northwestern High School. The ag sales team of Zach Berry, Kaci Way, Ben Vaughan, and Rachelle Howman won the contest, and will compete in the state contest March 1 in Columbus. Berry placing second overall and […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 20, 2014:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BURTON, Ohio —The Geauga Caprine Kids 4-H club invites any young person to come join us for our 2014 club year. Geauga Caprine Kids is currently the longest running Honors Club in Geauga County. The club does many projects including goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, and rabbits. The group has many miscellaneous projects including photography, […]

Columbiana County Fair board receives $300,000 for grandstand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A local foundation’s $300,000 gift will name the new grandstand at Columbiana County Fair.

NRCS accepting easement applications for floodplains hit by Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HARRISBURG, PA. —The U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept applications for easements from landowners who want to enroll floodplains impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Applications will be accepted until April 18. This is the second round of applications to be accepted. “Floodplain easements are a long-term solution to provide relief for landowners while preventing […]

Open dialogue about GMOs is key to changing conversations, says expert

Monday, February 17, 2014

Despite the head start biotechnology opponents have, there’s still plenty of opportunity for farmers, ranchers and the biotechnology industry to change the conversation about genetically modified organisms.

Food prices, ag economy tied to proper labor reform

Monday, February 17, 2014

An approach to agricultural labor reform that focuses solely on immigration enforcement would raise food prices over five years by an additional 5 to 6 percent and would cut the nation’s food and fiber production by as much as $60 billion.

Expect modest expansion in pork industry

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Much cheaper feed has led the pork industry to begin an expansion that is expected to continue throughout this year. The current expansion means that pork supplies will begin to grow more rapidly in the last-half of 2014, according to Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist.

Nearly 432 million acres planted to biotech crops in 2013

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Eighteen million farmers in 27 countries chose biotech crops in 2013 to the tune of 432 million acres.

Want to lose weight? Try managing stress

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A researcher in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently completed a study comparing the effectiveness of two new weight loss and maintenance intervention programs.

National Ag Day contest winners announced

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Agriculture Council of America has announced the winners of the 2014 National Ag Day video and written essay contest winners. The winners were chosen based on the 2014 theme, Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.

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