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Pennsylvania to enforce new kennel requirements

Monday, October 12, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — When strict new requirements for cage size, exercise and flooring standards went into effect for commercial dog kennels in Pennsylvania Oct. 9, the Department of Agriculture deployed teams of staff to ensure those laws are enforced. Inspections Dog wardens and kennel compliance specialists will inspect each of the nearly 300 licensed commercial […]

Ohio is up to bat on Issue 2

Monday, October 12, 2009

Editor: Does anyone have a better solution than Issue 2 to protect Ohio livestock farmers? Farmers are uniting across the state to protect their farms and family’s way of life. Agriculture is one of the largest parts of Ohio’s economy. How large? One in six Ohioans has an agricultural related job, including our local vets, […]

Guardian angel on board

Monday, October 12, 2009

Editor: The current recall from Toyota Motor Corporation brings to light an experience we previously had. Last fall while motoring to the Amish country, we exited off the Route 30 ramp toward Navarre onto Route 21. In doing so, our floor mat slid forward without any notice causing our accelerator to stick. This rubber floor […]

Sen. Wilson: Issue 2 makes sense, vote yes

Monday, October 12, 2009

Editor: As someone who grew up down the road from a dairy farm in Belmont County, I have great respect for Ohio’s farmers. If you ever need a straight forward answer to a question, just ask a farmer. You can count on folks who work hard and play by the rules to have a lot […]

Enter the Farm and Dairy photo contest

Monday, October 12, 2009

Attention shutterbugs! Have you ever wanted to shoot a cover photo? Well, Farm and Dairy is offering you that chance. We are conducting a photo contest and the winning photo will appear on the cover of the 2010 Agri-Book. Photos must have a farm/agricultural connection and can encompass anything in the rural community from rolling […]

Growers should expect budget squeeze in 2010

Saturday, October 10, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind — Farmers should see some relief on input costs next year, but profit margins are still likely to be squeezed. Bruce Erickson, a Purdue University agricultural economist, said growers would likely see the most savings on fertilizer costs in the 2010 planting season. “Some farmers were spending as much as $200 per […]

Land conservation tax break is set to expire Dec. 31

Friday, October 9, 2009

NOVELTY, Ohio — The enhanced federal income tax break for those who grant qualified conservation easements is set to expire at the end of 2009, and land preservation experts are urging property owners to act quickly in order to take advantage of this benefit before the window closes. Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the […]

Mich. Department of Agriculture has closed all its regional offices

Friday, October 9, 2009

LANSING, Mich. — In a move to shave off approximately $600,000 from its budget, the Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the permanent closure of the department’s regional offices located in Detroit, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw, St. Joseph and Traverse City and its district office in Marquette. The department will still have field staff working […]

Conservation Reserve Program rental payments to total $1.7 billion

Friday, October 9, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA will distribute approximately $1.7 billion in Conservation Reserve Program rental payments to participants across the country in fiscal year 2010. Producers holding about 758,000 contracts on 424,000 farms will receive an average of $51.52 per acre. The number of contracts is higher than the number of farms because producers may have […]

Loan limit for Guaranteed Loan Program increased

Friday, October 9, 2009

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency said the loan limit for its Guaranteed Loan Program has been increased to $1,112,000, effective Oct. 1. The limit is adjusted annually based on the “Prices Paid to Farmers Index,” compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Enhance ability The increased limit will enhance the […]

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