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A roundup of 4-H news for the week of July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

ROGERS, Ohio — The Country Friends 4-H club met July 6 at the Rogers Sale Restaurant to have their project books graded. In other business, the raffle tickets to be sold for the fair were to be returned at the meeting. Group participation for Relay for Life was canceled due to the skillathon and a […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — Members of the Indian Valley FFA joined more than 70 FFA members and advisers who recently attended Ohio FFA Leadership Camp held in Carrollton, Ohio at FFA Camp Muskingum. The FFA members were able to attend camp through a scholarship sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nationwide Insurance. Scholarships recipients […]

Society changes focus to deal with cuts

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Historical Society is accelerating a plan to reinvent itself as a state history organization, according to executive director and CEO Bill Laidlaw. Support slashed State support was slashed from $13.5 million two years ago to $7.9 million for the 2010 fiscal year — a 42-percent cut — following years of underinvestment […]

Northwest PA honors ag educators

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. — The 2009 Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Conference was held July 13-16 at the Conneaut Lake Park Hotel in northwestern Pennsylvania. About 120 agricultural educators and advisers attended the conference, which included workshops, local industry tours, and recreational activities. The awards banquet, held July 15, recognized outstanding educators for their years […]

Climate change study foresees a warmer, wetter Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State study of climate-change impacts in Pennsylvania projects a warmer, wetter commonwealth, with a longer growing season and significantly less snow by the middle of the century. Conducted by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute in the College of Agricultural Sciences for the state Department of Environmental Protection, the […]

Honey might need country-of-origin labeling

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is soliciting comments on its interim final rule for country-of-origin labeling of honey. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is establishing a new regulation addressing country-of-origin labeling for packed honey bearing any official USDA mark or statement. Required Under the new farm bill, the regulations governing inspection and certification would […]

Morrow farm owner donates easement

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Morrow County residents Robert and Marilyn Weiler preserved their 38-acre farm for agricultural use by donating an agricultural easement to the Ohio Department of Agriculture in June. Farm background The Harmony Township farm consists of cropland, nearly 76 percent of which is designated as prime soils by the United States Department of […]

Virgil Gasser farm a highlight of WCDSU Twilight Tour

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CRESTON, Ohio — No farmer should have to go through one barn fire, let alone two, but that is just one of the challenges Virgil and Lois Gasser have faced during their 37 years in the dairy business. Just one week before the annual Wayne County Dairy Service Unit Twilight Tour, Gasser lost a barn […]

Horsemen left out of legislation

Monday, July 20, 2009

GROVE CITY, Ohio — Gov. Strickland’s legislative directive regarding VLT’s at Ohio’s seven racetracks as well as the budget bill passed by both Houses of the Ohio legislature contained no language regarding purses or the promotion of live horse racing in the state, according to the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association which represents the […]

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 […]

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