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Organic Producers will see changes in crop insurance program

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced changes to the organics program under the federal crop insurance program. These changes are effective for the 2014 crop year.

Ag education foundation provides support for study tour to Kenya, Rwanda

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation recently made a $25,000 gift to the LEAD New York Program in support of their international study seminar, which will take place in February 2015.

Farm lease workshop in Jefferson, Ohio

Friday, February 14, 2014

A farmland lease workshop will be held March 10 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Ashtabula County Extension office located at 39 Wall Street in Jefferson.

Library of Congress online resource explores American history through song

Friday, February 14, 2014

A new Library of Congress online resource, Songs of America, launched recently.

USA: Red meat exports close 2013 on a mixed note

Friday, February 14, 2014

DENVER — Exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb closed 2013 on a mixed note. Beef exports eclipsed the $6 billion mark for the first time, setting a new annual value record. At the same time, pork exports declined below 2012’s record highs while lamb sales rose in value on lower volumes according to statistics […]

Deere hits record first quarter earnings of $681 million

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Coming off a booming year, lower farm income expectations in 2014 will slow sales of John Deere agricultural machinery in the U.S. and Canada. Deere expects sales to be down 5 to 10 percent for the year.

Results of beta-agonists complicated

Thursday, February 13, 2014

More research needs to be done to further understand how all beta-agonists on the market work in cattle feeding.

Geauga County Extension offers Maple 101 class

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Aspiring and beginning maple sugaring producers wishing to hone your skills may benefit from this program.

Tractor Supply Co. announces FFA scholarship program

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Company has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 13, 2014:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

OBERLIN, Ohio — The Firelands FFA, Firelands Student Council and the principal’s fund sponsored nationally-known speaker and best seller Sam Glenn Feb. 4. Firelands students in grades 9-12 attended the assembly. Glenn did a chalk art drawing of a lighthouse, then spent time talking to the students. * * * WEST SALEM, Ohio — On […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 13, 2014:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CORTLAND, Ohio — The Trumbull Co. 4-H Dairy Judging Team elected Zane Lehmann, president; Tabatha Sherbourne, vice president; Lauren Almasy, secretary; and Keith Barto, treasurer. The meetings are held the third Sunday of the month held at Trumbull County Extension office in Cortland, Ohio at 4 p.m.

Watch your step: Stay safe on the farm with proper lighting and footwear

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As the region continues to experience one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent years, growers and producers can take measures to ensure their safety in increasingly hazardous outdoor conditions.

Tips for using propane heaters for hog operations

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ohio Pork Producers Council President Duane Stateler, McComb, Ohio, said when the propane shortage was tightest, he lowered the temperature in his barns a few degrees and began to use heat lamps again in the sow nursery and two finishing barns at his hog operation.

Ohio sheep and lamb inventory down 3.3 percent

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

As of Jan. 1, there were 9,500 milk goats in Ohio, unchanged from a year earlier. The Ohio meat and other goat inventory was 60,000 head, 2,000 below the Jan. 1, 2013, count.

Ohio cattle inventory up 2 percent

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nationally, all cattle and calves in the United States as of Jan. 1 totaled 87.7 million head, 2 percent below the 89.3 million on Jan. 1, 2013.

Experts analyze dairy policy in 2014 farm bill

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A group of university experts recently compiled an analysis of the dairy part of the new farm bill. Here is an abbreviated version of their letter. For the full letter, visit

What’s the next big meat? Immigrant population driving up goat demand

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rising immigrant population means more interest in meat goats, various holidays.

Ohio State’s ag college to recognize outstanding alumni March 1

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society of The Ohio State University will honor several outstanding alumni during its annual Alumni Awards Luncheon March 1.

Local foods offer tangible economic benefits in some regions

Monday, February 10, 2014

Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.

Statehouse has programs for Black History Month

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special display, free historical performance each Thursday at noon and special tours of the George Washington Williams Room.


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