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Ohio dairymen want action from Congress

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some say stabilization plan necessary to limit volatility, increase prices. WOOSTER, Ohio — Dairy farmers from northeastern Ohio gathered Oct. 30 at the Ohio Holstein Association office in Wooster, Ohio, where they told their state and federal legislators some of the things that need done to save their industry. Struggling with on-farm milk prices that […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Nov. 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Smithville FFA competed in the Career Development Event soil judging contest Oct. 10. The rural team consisting of Wayne Stoller, Samantha Steiner, Alex Massaro and Miriam Gochnauer competed at the state level after going through county, and districts then finally state. The contest was held at Wilmington Collage and the members […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Nov. 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

NORTH JACKSON, Ohio — The Jackson Milton Livestock Club held a meeting Sept. 24.   The members of the club discussed future fundraisers such as a Cici’s pizza fundraiser and another cheese basket sale. More information on our fundraisers will be put in a later article. The club had a Halloween party at the Timashamie […]

Mixed results from OSU Extension levies

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ohio State University Extension levies in Paulding, Jackson and Coshocton counties fail, while Hardin and Monroe levies pass.

Ohio voters overwhelmingly pass Issue 2, but HSUS plans its own ballot initiative

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In the Nov. 3 election, Ohio voters passed Issue 2, but the Humane Society of United States plans its own ballot initiative in response.

USDA awards $17 million in grants to train beginning farmers and ranchers

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

ELGIN, Minn. — The USDA awarded more than $17 million in grants to 29 institutions to address the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. “Beginning farmers and ranchers face unique challenges and need educational and training programs to enhance their profitability and long term sustainability,” Agriculture […]

Greenhouse to host symposium, conference

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

SUGARCREEK, Ohio — April Showers Greenhouse will host a garden central symposium and organic vegetable conference, “Cultivate Your Passions,” a day of lectures on design, plants and garden style, at 3 p.m. Jan. 15-16 at the Carlisle Inn of Sugarcreek. The symposium will examine timeless principles of design — whether applied to the creation of […]

Pennsylvania’s solar capacity doubles under solar rebate program

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The new Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Program is performing better than expected and has helped to double the state’s solar generating capacity in less than 6 months. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, the program has reached its first incentive milestone for small business rebates — the deployment of 5 megawatts of […]

Modified crops can reveal the hidden cost of resistance

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Genetically modified squash plants that are resistant to a debilitating viral disease become more vulnerable to a fatal bacterial infection, according to biologists. “Cultivated squash is susceptible to a variety of viral diseases and that is a major problem for farmers,” said Andrew Stephenson, Penn State professor of biology. “Infected plants […]

Crop producers should look to soil tests

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Crop producers may have shied away from making phosphorus or potassium applications last year due to high fertilizer prices, but don’t let bumper corn and soybean yields fool one into thinking an application this fall may not be needed. Robert Mullen, an Ohio State University Extension soil fertility specialist, said that producers […]


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