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Latest CWT round retiring 87,000 dairy cows

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cooperatives Working Together organizers have tentatively accepted 294 bids in the third herd retirement it has conducted in the last nine months. The 86,710 cows and 1.8 billion pounds of milk accepted in this round, combined with CWT’s previous two herd retirements, equal a total production capacity of 4.8 billion pounds of […]

One Stark County family’s love of the fair spans 160 years

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CANTON, Ohio — In 1850, Jacob Schwartz helped to start the Stark County Agricultural Society, and the organization scheduled the first Stark County Fair in October. Nearly 160 years later, Schwartz’s great-great-grandson, Charles Swartz of Canton, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Fair Association’s Hall of Fame.

USDA temporarily increases dairy support prices

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — A bleeding U.S. dairy sector received a small bandage July 31 as the USDA announced plans to increase dairy price support levels, but the reactivated Congressional dairy caucus is still pushing for a long-term solution to historically low milk prices that are driving many milk producers out of business. Dairy price support […]

Farm rescue training can save lives

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Forty-four people in Pennsylvania were killed in farm and agricultural-related accidents in 2008 — a sharp increase from previous years. Such statistics illustrate the need for farm-safety and farm-rescue training for emergency responders, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Since early 2001, Davis Hill, director of […]

West Virginia farm wins conservation award

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

MCMECHEN, W.Va. — In May, the DJ&M Farm, owned and operated by Dennis, Michelle, and Jarrett Blake, was chosen as Conservation Farm of the Year for Marshall County. They then went on to win the Northern Panhandle Conservation District Farm of the Year Award, competing against conservation farm winners Larry Reed from Hancock County and […]

Whiteleather wins Holstein district show

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — The District 7 Holstein Show was held July 18 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio. Approximately 100 registered Holsteins paraded the ring before the eye of judge Dwight Stoltzfus, Pennwood Farms, Berlin, Pa. Walking away with the senior and grand champion banners was Whiteleather Durasell 726, the winning 4-year-old, shown […]

Two Ohioans elected to national goat board

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The American Sheep Industry Association’s Goat Committee has elected an interim board of directors for the first-ever national organization devoted to the goat industry — the American Goat Federation. The purpose of the organization will be to build and define the U.S. goat industry on a unified front to work on issues […]

Shock and scorch strike Michigan’s blueberries

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

LANSING, Mich. — Two exotic blueberry plant diseases have been identified in Michigan for the first time — blueberry shock and blueberry scorch. Both viral plant diseases have the potential to cause significant losses to blueberry producers; however, they are not a threat to food safety or human health. Department and Michigan State University officials […]

SmartStax gains import approval in Japan

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS and ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Company and Dow AgroSciences have received full Japanese regulatory approval for importation of grain produced from SmartStax. Approved The food, feed and environmental safety of SmartStax corn were each reviewed and approved by the government agencies in Japan. These approvals follow U.S and Canadian regulatory approvals announced by the […]

Ashtabula hosts grape, wine tours

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

KINGSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Grape and Wine Day and the Ashtabula County Twilight Grape Tour will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station. The station is located at 2625 South Ridge Road East in Kingsville, Ohio. Topics Some of the […]

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