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A roundup of 4-H news for the week of July 9, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

CADIZ, Ohio — Dairy baskets will be sold first at the Harrison County Fair Sale July 10, beginning at 4 p.m. Twenty-one dairy youth have worked with their dairy heifers and cows throughout this year. This year, the Harrison Dairy Board and dairy youth have created a Green Dairy Basket. The basket is actually a […]

City approves local food initiative

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution put forth by the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative to support the production, sale and consumption of local, sustainably produced foods in the city and surrounding region. Four main areas The Homegrown Minneapolis initiative began in December 2008 and met with more than 100 stakeholders within the city […]

Trumbull County Fair ends on sunny note

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Trumbull County Fair.

Vilsack to tour rural America

Monday, July 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead the Obama Administration’s Rural Tour. Over the next several months, Vilsack will be joined by top administration officials at discussions throughout the country about how the USDA and other federal agencies are working to strengthen rural America. Vilsack and Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the […]

Dayton Power issues request for biofuel proposals

Monday, July 6, 2009

DAYTON, Ohio — The Dayton Power and Light Company, a subsidiary of DPL Inc., has issued a request for proposals regarding biofuels for use at its generating stations. Plans The company plans to purchase a maximum of 15,000 tons of biomass fuels by the end of 2009 and a maximum of 100,000 tons in the […]

Due to very wet spring, beware of hot hay causing barn fires

Monday, July 6, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This year’s unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that’s wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Often, farmers have reported they know the hay they are baling is wetter than they’d […]

Too many mouths, not enough food

Sunday, July 5, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — With the caloric needs of the planet expected to soar by 50 percent in the next 40 years, planning and investment in global agriculture will become critically important, according a new report released June 25. The report, produced by Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading global investment banks, in collaboration with […]

Just married: The story of two lovebirds

Saturday, July 4, 2009

By KAREN L. KIRSCH Contributing writer STOW, Ohio — Daniel Ryan of Stow, Ohio, is not your average guy on the street. The former horticulturist at Hale Farm and Village in Bath sometimes found himself called upon to harness and drive the farm’s team of Belgian draft horses and even the oxen. Little did Ryan […]

Ayrshire sets U.S. auction record at $24,500

Friday, July 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — The 2009 Grand National Ayrshire Sale was one to go down in breed history. Iowa Ayrshire breeders are known to do everything in style, and this sale was no exception. Consignments from across the U.S. and Canada congregated in Dubuque, Iowa, for the sale June 19. In spite of trying economic times, the […]

Spraying herbicide on invasive weeds doesn’t always pay, study shows

Thursday, July 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — It may not always pay for ranchers to use herbicides to kill exotic invasive weeds such as leafy spurge, according to a 16-year study by the Agricultural Research Service and colleagues. Rangeland ecologist Matt Rinella at the Agricultural Research Service Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, Mont., and colleagues […]

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