PITTSBORO, N.C. — In the world of local niche foods, raising heritage livestock is becoming just as popular as growing heirloom fruits and vegetables.
RALEIGH, N.C. — In roughly 18 months, participants in the 10% Campaign have recorded more than $10 million in purchases of locally-produced foods.
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio’s fall potato production is forecast at 425 thousand cwt., down 30 percent from last year, according to the Ohio office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — Auctioneers Nick Cummings and Kevin Wendt of Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co., held a farm equipment auction Dec. 9 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.
SAO PAULO, Brazil — Brazil’s area sown with transgenic varieties in the 2011/12 harvest will be 20.9 percent greater than in the last harvest, according to the second crop biotechnology adoption monitoring report for the 2011/12 season, released recently by Celeres.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) have established 15 common acreage reporting dates for producers participating in RMA and FSA programs.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Houston drilling company has agreed to pay a $93,710 settlement in lieu of fines and civil damages to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as a result of the company’s pollution of Clearfield County’s Little Laurel Run in late 2010.
MILWAUKEE — Agricultural machinery manufacturers expect overall 2011 business to the U.S., Canada and worldwide to grow in the 6- to 7-percent range by year-end but then taper off 2012 through 2014, with exports sales anticipated to increase the most, according to the annual business “outlook” survey of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — At the University of Kentucky Dairy Farm, milk cows are singing anything but the blues. The staff, students and faculty there have been putting a lot of effort into making them more comfortable with bigger stalls, rotating grooming brushes and, yes, even waterbeds.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Risk Management Agency is giving farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio more flexibility when insuring a crop that follows a cover crop.