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Dairy Farmers of America issues $9.5 million to assist members

Monday, July 20, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s board of directors has approved a special cash payment to members in an effort to ease economic burdens facing the dairy industry. Payment The $9.5 million payment — equivalent to 5 cents per hundredweight for milk marketed through Dairy Farmers of America from January through June […]

Millions in direct loans available to farmers and producers

Monday, July 20, 2009

WEST SALEM, Wis. — Seven hundred and sixty million dollars from the Supplemental Appropriations Act signed by President Obama is available for approved but previously unfunded USDA direct farm ownership and operating loans throughout the country. USDA will deliver these loans to producers as quickly as possible to meet the capital needs of farmers and […]

Ohio cheese maker earns three medals at festival

Monday, July 20, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Buckeye Grove Farm Cheese of Beallsville, Ohio, earned three medals at the 2009 North American Regional Jersey Cheese Awards on the Island of Jersey, UK. Dixie Swiss earned a silver medal and Hill Folk Jersey and Boeren Kaas Gouda both earned bronze. There were 77 entries from 29 producers representing 15 states […]

Guernsey sale has $59,000 top seller

Monday, July 20, 2009

RICHARDSON, Texas — Thirty females averaged $5,003 in the 2009 National Guernsey Convention Sale, held July 12 in Richardson, Texas. Sixty-five total embryos averaged $435 each. The sale was held in the main theater of the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Top sale Topping the sale was Moziers Lux Anne of Lavon Farms, EX-92. […]

Have you any wool? Duo shear 1,094 sheep in 24 hours

Monday, July 20, 2009

Shearing for 24 hours straight, Doug Rathke, 48, of Minnesota, sheared 607 sheep and Gavin McKerrow, 60, of Wisconsin, sheared 487 sheep.

Beware of consumer scams

Friday, July 17, 2009

YOUNGSTOWN — The Better Business Bureau has learned that a local consumer’s home was burglarized by two men, who claimed to be from a roofing company. The men knocked on the door and told the consumer that there was a problem with the new roof. The consumer stepped outside to examine the roof with the […]

USDA: No referendum on soybean checkoff

Friday, July 17, 2009

ST. LOUIS — There won’t be a vote on the soybean checkoff this year. The USDA received requests from only about one-tenth of 1 percent of all U.S. soybean growers to hold a referendum on the soybean checkoff. USDA received only 759 requests — out of the 589,182 eligible farmers — for referendum forms at […]

Western bean cutworm heading east

Friday, July 17, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — An emerging corn pest, first found in Ohio in 2006, continues to increase in numbers, and Ohio State University Extension entomologists are striving to educate farmers on identification and management before it causes any significant damage. Western bean cutworm, a pest more common in Western corn producing states, has been making its […]

Belmont Co. cattle farm is regional winner of environmental award

Friday, July 17, 2009

DENVER — An eastern Ohio beef operation was named a regional winner of the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, held the week of July 17 in Denver, Colo. Richard and Jayne Young of Young’s Cattle Company in Belmont, Ohio, were nominated by the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and […]

Emerald ash borer on the move in Pa.

Friday, July 17, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Emerald ash borer beetles have been found near Brownstown, Kiskiminetas Township, Armstrong County, and Finleyville, Union Township, Washington County, bringing to nine the number of counties where the ash tree-destroying pest has been identified. Quarantine expanded In response to this latest discovery, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said a state-imposed quarantine is being […]

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