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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 […]

Cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Tenn.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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 […]

Dairymen form PAC to be heard in D.C.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

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.

Grain farmers urged to consider all options after fallout from corn crop

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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 […]

Justice department to Dean Foods: See you in court

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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.

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