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 […]
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 […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — It looks like farm tractors will be exempt from the new motor carrier regulations being revised in Pennsylvania.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Select Sires has temporarily suspended sales of semen from offspring of a Jersey bull/dam line that has been found to contain Holstein genetics.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
VONORE, Tenn. — Leaders from DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, University of Tennessee, Genera Energy and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen cut the ribbon on one of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities, located in Vonore, Tenn. The 74,000-square-foot plant has started producing ethanol and can produce ethanol from agricultural residue and bioenergy crops, including corncobs […]
Rocked by a year of historically low milk prices, dairy farmers are taking their case to Washington to seek changes in how the price of milk is set. Dairy farmers from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio have started a federal lobbying effort to call for changes in the milk pricing system and demand that the USDA enact provisions in the farm bill that will help farmers.
CORALVILLE, Iowa — The recent corn price dip of 50 cents to 60 cents per bushel is on the minds of grain growers at National Farmers’ annual farm business meeting held Jan. 18-21 in Coralville, Iowa. But National Farmers Grain Marketing Plus Grain Analyst Pete Lorenz said producers can capitalize on marketing strategies to minimize […]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit Jan. 22 against Dean Foods Company, challenging its April 2009 acquisition of Foremost Farms USA’s Consumer Products Division.
WASHINGTON — U.S. farmers produced the largest corn and soybean crops on record in 2009, according to the Crop Production 2009 Summary released Jan. 12 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn and beans. Corn production is 13.2 billion bushels, 1 percent above the previous record of 13 billion bushels set […]
WOOSTER, Ohio — As thousands of devastated people in Haiti continue to search for family members and friends, and cope with looting frenzies and safety, American food companies and farmers are sending help. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 disrupted food and water supplies into and within the nation, leaving scores of […]
SALEM, Ohio — Let’s start the year as most prognosticators do: predicting what will happen in the next 12 months. But we needed help, so we turned to Chris Hurt, agricultural economist at Purdue University; Tom Schlenker, executive vice president of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America; and Matt Roberts, agricultural economist at Ohio State University. […]