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Walmart pushes sustainability index

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Walmart threw its global shoulder into a sustainability product index initiative last week. Forget cap-and-trade legislation, ignore international commissions. Follow the smiley face instead.

USDA: No referendum on soybean checkoff

Friday, July 17, 2009

ST. LOUIS — There won’t be a vote on the soybean checkoff this year. The USDA received requests from only about one-tenth of 1 percent of all U.S. soybean growers to hold a referendum on the soybean checkoff. USDA received only 759 requests — out of the 589,182 eligible farmers — for referendum forms at […]

Ohio corn stocks lower than last year

Thursday, July 2, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio corn stocks in all positions June 1 totaled 136.3 million bushels, 32 percent below the 199.6 million bushels stored June 1, 2008. On-farm stocks, at 63 million bushels, accounted for 46 percent of the total stored and decreased 32 percent from the 93 million bushels last year. Off-farm stocks decreased 31 […]

Ohio House votes to put livestock care on ballot

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

UPDATE: 11:56 a.m. 6/25: Ohio Senate unanimously votes (32-0) in favor of placing the initiative on the ballot. (The following was provided by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.) COLUMBUS — Ohio farm families today (June 24) joined lawmakers in support of a measure that would help ensure animal well-being, consumer choice and the availability of […]

Big crops, big disappointment

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prices have broken sharply on the Chicago Board of Trade the last few days. The perception of a good crop and outside markets continue to ravage what was a welcome rally. Monday trading was an example of how bad it gets when the speculators run out on the market. Soybeans were down 27 1/2 cents […]

Ohio BioPreferred program could boost economy, agriculture

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ohio. Sen. Karen Gillmor has introduced S.B. 131, which would give preferred purchasing considerations by all state agencies and state universities to designated bio-based (BioPreferred) products.

Ohio studies livestock care ballot initiative

Monday, June 22, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Lawmakers are considering an amendment to Ohio’s constitution that will create and enforce guidelines for proper care of livestock and poultry.

Vilsack calls for carbon credits for agriculture and forestry

Saturday, June 6, 2009

During a recent forum in Kentucky, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touched on many issues facing his department, including climate change and animal identification.

Ohio’s Farm Focus event canceled for 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

VAN WERT, Ohio — The Farm Focus Field Day, scheduled for July 21 in Van Wert County, has been canceled due to state budget cuts that resulted in personnel reductions in the Ohio State University Extension program.

Dump your milk: California dairymen say two-day dump would help market

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

California milk producers trying to increase market prices are encouraging dairymen to dump their milk May 31 and June 1.

BSE case confirmed in Alberta, Canada

Friday, May 15, 2009

OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly called mad cow disease, in an 80-month-old dairy cow from Alberta.

H1N1 flu didn’t start on Mexican hog farm

Friday, May 15, 2009

MEXICO CITY — According to Mexican officials, there is no outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) at any farm in the country. Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Alberto Cardenas Jimenez said a team of 450 veterinarians who traveled the country’s pig farms found no outbreak of Influenza A H1N1. That means the influenza strain that has infected […]

Twenty-year stalemate ended; EU, U.S. settle beef hormone dispute

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Long overdue agreement opens EU market to U.S. cattle.

Rendell begins court battle for dairy farmers

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell is challenging a decision by the Pa. Milk Marketing Board he says takes money away from dairy farmers.

DFA sells National Dairy Holdings

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mexican company now owns chunk of U.S. dairy industry.

Deadline to apply for three conservation programs extended

Saturday, May 9, 2009

COLUMBUS — State Conservationist Terry Cosby of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Ohio announced the deadline for funding decisions for applications to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and Wetlands Reserve Program has been extended to May 29. The original deadline for application selection was May 8. […]

Pork producers still feeling market impact

Friday, May 8, 2009

H1N1 flu outbreak diminishes pork markets because of unfounded fear around the world.

Theft allegations surface at Witmer’s Feed and Grain, an eastern Ohio grain elevator

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The owner of Witmer’s Feed and Grain and a former manager go head to head in allegations made against each other.

U.S. pork supply is safe; this swine flu not spread by human-hog contact

Monday, April 27, 2009

Pork council races to stop any misunderstanding of the swine flu and impact on the nation’s pork supply.

Study: Price gap threatens Chicago Board of Trade’s wheat futures market

Friday, April 24, 2009

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A commodity market that has long helped wheat growers and processors manage price risks could lose its relevance unless the Chicago Board of Trade bridges a wide gap between futures and cash prices, a new University of Illinois study warns. University of Illinois economists say outdated grain delivery locations in Chicago Board […]

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