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Inventory created for wild relatives of crops

Monday, February 10, 2014

A first-of-its-kind inventory for wild and weedy relatives of important crops has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists and their collaborators.

Nearly 9 million pounds of beef from ‘diseased and unsound’ animals recalled

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.

Sessions aimed at improving safety of fruits, veggies

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When it comes to foodborne illness, fresh produce belies its healthful aura: Fresh fruits and vegetables account for 24 percent of U.S. foodborne illness in which both the responsible food and contaminant are identified, according to a 2013 analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Renewable chemical ready for biofuels scale-up

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that’s ripe with possibility for biofuels.

New York Farm Show is Feb. 20-22

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The 28th annual New York Farm Show will be held Feb. 20- 22 at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse.

Ohio Pork Congress to highlight important industry information

Friday, February 7, 2014

The 2014 Ohio Pork Congress will be held Feb. 11-12, in Columbus, at the Crowne Plaza North. Those involved in the pork industry across the state will want to attend the Ohio Pork Congress to view and learn about the latest pork industry technologies.

Cargill will label products containing finely textured beef

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cargill, the world’s largest producer of hamburger, has begun labeling its products that contain the company’s finely textured beef product.

Comparing NASS and FSA planted acreage data

Friday, February 7, 2014

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released final estimates of planted and harvested crop acreage for 2013 in the Crop Production 2013 Summary report Jan. 10. The USDA’s Farm Service Agency released its final report of planted acreage for 2013 Jan. 15.

Joe Logan to lead Ohio Farmers Union

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ohio Farmers Union members oppose state beef checkoff increase, give nod to severance tax if receipts directed to affected counties.

Chesapeake Energy targets growth of 2-4 percent

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chesapeake Energy is estimating 2014 production growth of 2 to 4 percent, targeting an average daily production rate of 680,000-695,000 barrels of oil equivalent.

N.Y.-based Dairylea merges with Dairy Farmers of America

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Members of Dairylea Cooperative Inc. approved a proposed merger with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

FarmersOnly: Finding love in the fields

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dave knew from the moment he ended his first phone conversation with Alicia she was the woman he would marry. Alicia was the first person he met on, a dating site for farmers, ranchers and country folks. And FarmersOnly was the first and only site he joined.

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio — The Mahoning County Goat Herders 4-H club met Jan. 13 and Feb. 3. New business included election of officers. Mandatory quality assurance will take place March 1 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at South Range High School. The club will be selling pictures with a raffle as a fundraiser. New officers are: Krista […]

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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA chapter is postponing its sausage sale until Feb. 8. The sausage will be made and delivered that day.

Beef expansion continues, but profit margins will still be tight

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CattleFax expert: Cattle prices are expected to average $135 compared to $126 during 2013, an increase of 7 percent.

‘Climate Hubs’ to help farmers mitigate the impacts of climate change

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

On the heels of the Senate’s passage of the farm bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Obama Administration announced the creation of the first ever regional hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country.

Farm succession workshop is March 1

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A workshop will be held March 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to address farmland succession issues. The event will take place at Kent State University’s Tuscarawas Science and Advanced Technology Building, Room 126, located at 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia.

Nutrient center to explore solutions for pollution

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A multi-pronged, systems approach to solving water pollution caused by nutrients in the environment is the focus of a new center housed in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Members share farm bill and food policy concerns at annual meeting

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

At National Farmers Convention 2014 in the Wisconsin Dells Jan. 28, food policy and the farm bill were standout topics.

Safety of American athletes still a concern at Winter Olympics

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

With the Sochi Olympics set to start Feb. 6, security analysts still aren’t convinced that American athletes will be safe.


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