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DuPont Pioneer to build new research labs in Iowa

Friday, March 26, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa — DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred is expanding its presence in central Iowa with additional lab facilities focused on advanced plant genetics.

Synthetic biology: Can corn learn how to fix nitrogen?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Is it possible to “teach” corn to fix its own nitrogen, thus eliminating the need for nitrogen fertilizer applications?

Farmers can get loans for cold storage

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WASHINGTON — The USDA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan program has been amended to allow producers to build cold storage facilities to store their fresh fruits and vegetables.

Can wheat producers keep pace with growing global demand?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Farmers around the world have responded to growing demand by producing record crops recently. As a result, USDA forecasts that global ending stocks for 2009/10 (June-May) will be 196.8 million metric tons, up 60 percent from a recent low of 123.3 million metric tons in 2007/08.

U.S. and China agree on reopening Chinese pork market to U.S.

Friday, March 19, 2010

WASHINGTON — The United States and China have reached an agreement to reopen the Chinese market to U.S. pork and pork products.

32 Ohio counties given disaster designation; Pa., W.Va. and Ky. counties also named

Friday, March 12, 2010

COLUMBUS — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack has designated 10 counties in Ohio as primary agricultural natural disaster areas, due to multiple disasters including excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, hail, freeze, and frost that occurred April 1, 2009 through July 1, 2009. Twenty-two counties were designated as contiguous counties. In addition two […]

We need agricultural technology to feed the world

Friday, March 12, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. — To feed a world population projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, technology that can enhance food production will be a significant asset.

Co-firing biomass with coal can help Pennsylvania reach energy goal

Thursday, March 11, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Blending biomass into the coal stream that feeds electricity-generation plants offers the opportunity to reduce harmful emissions and create a market for renewable fuel, according to a biomass-energy expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. And Pennsylvania power-plant operators have a big incentive for co-firing coal with biomass they buy […]

FAPRI report: Will livestock sector be the tide that lifts the farm economy ship?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

WASHINGTON — The livestock sector can lead the agricultural economy to higher net farm income, assuming the farm economy benefits from a recovering general U.S. economy. That analysis tops a 2010 baseline report prepared by the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute delivered to the U.S. Congress March 9. Possibilities, if… The […]

Tractors exempt from Pa. road regs, but not farm trucks

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — It looks like farm tractors will be exempt from the new motor carrier regulations being revised in Pennsylvania.

SURE program aids Hardin County farmer and spurs local economy

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — Ohio farmers enjoyed a significant increase in disaster recovery funding as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). SURE. The ARRA modified provisions of the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) that was part of the 2008 farm bill. As a result, many farmers eligible for SURE received increased disaster […]

Ohio, Pa. dairymen still hoping to make voices heard

Friday, February 26, 2010

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — Several hundred dairy farmers in Ohio and Pennsylvania are determined to make a difference in policy that affects milk pricing and their bottom line.

Dairymen can get milk marketing advice on conference calls

Thursday, February 25, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dairy farmers can learn strategies that may help control milk’s price and increase market value during two March “Mastering the Dairy Business” conference calls hosted by Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence. The calls are scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 11 and March 23. First session The first call will look […]

USDA: Organic dairies must get cows out on pasture 120 days

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — If you want to follow national guidelines for selling organic milk, your dairy animals must graze pasture during the grazing season — and that must be at least 120 days per year. The USDA announced details Feb. 12 of the final regulation regarding access to pasture for organic livestock operations. This rule amends […]

Pa. farmers hammered by DOT regs

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a series of regulations aimed at operators of farm equipment in Pennsylvania. Those regulations would require farmers to keep logs, prohibit anyone under 18 from working a tractor, and anyone operating a tractor or other farm equipment would need a medical certificate.

USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board revises projections

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

URBANA, Ill. — In its February report, USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board revised projections of 2009-10 marketing year corn and soybean exports. Corn United States corn exports for the current marketing year are projected at 2 billion bushels, 50 million below the January projection, but 142 million above the very low level of a year […]

Jersey bull’s genetics include Holstein; Select Sires pulls bull family from line

Friday, February 19, 2010

Select Sires has temporarily suspended sales of semen from offspring of a Jersey bull/dam line that has been found to contain Holstein genetics.

Bale out: Ohioan invents a better way — the Kuhns Hay Accumulator system

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — That old saying about necessity being the mother of all invention? It’s true, you know. Just ask Kenny Kuhns. The Trumbull County, Ohio, farmer was frustrated with the labor-intensive process of making small square bales of hay. He had a good market for the smaller bales, selling to local horse owners, but […]

Scenes from the National Farm Machinery Show

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just spent the day in Louisville, Ky., at the National Farm Machinery Show. Here are some of the photos from our trip to the show. Check back for more photos, as well as news.

U.S. organic producers harvesting 1.6 million acres; expenses higher than conventional farmers

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 — The nation’s organic farms and ranches have higher average sales and higher average production expenses than U.S. farms overall, according to results of the 2008 Organic Production Survey released Feb. 3 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. “This was USDA’s first wide-scale survey of organic producers, and it was […]

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