Tuesday, December 1, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Hog production returned to profitability in 2011, but producers remain cautious about the future. This is evidenced by the modest expansion of the breeding herd as reported by USDA at the end of the year, said a Purdue University Extension economist.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Sale of Champions kicked off the Junior Livestock Sale Jan. 10 at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Grand and reserve champion lambs, pigs, steers and goats sold to the highest bidders, bringing $35,200.

"If we're ashamed of what we're going, maybe we shouldn't be doing it." Opening the barn doors at Pa. Farm Show 'Today's Agriculture' exhibit.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Hayden Demniak, 11, of Carmichaels, Greene County, claimed the top spot in the market lamb show at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- Holstein Association USA reports that 2011 was an exceptional year for U.S. Registered Holsteins. Enthusiasm for the Holstein breed is high and growing, evidenced by the 360,149 Holsteins that were registered, as of Dec. 31.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Supreme Champion swine at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show was the winning Yorkshire, JTPS1 Flair 1-9, exhibited by James Parlett of Airville, Pa., York County.

MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- The sales, held March 30 and April 16 offer an affordable way to market bulls from multiple breeds in one location and on one day.

In Ohio, five FSA offices and the ARS research center in Coshocton County to shut doors.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- According to a new study by Paul D. Mitchell, ag economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the herbicide atrazine benefits U.S. corn, sorghum and sugar cane farmers by up to $3.3 billion annually, thanks to increased yield, decreased cost and reduced soil erosion.

PITTSBORO, N.C. -- In the world of local niche foods, raising heritage livestock is becoming just as popular as growing heirloom fruits and vegetables.