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Raising a new crop of farm to table chefs

Monday, September 14, 2009

BOULDER, Colo. — Culinary School of the Rockies is pioneering a new approach to culinary education through their Farm to Table externship. Innovative Culinary School of the Rockies is the only culinary school in the nation to offer an innovative five-week off-campus externship that takes students to work on farms, wineries, ranches and restaurants. A […]

USDA seeks nominations for advisory committee

Monday, September 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers are being accepted through Oct. 5, according to USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppes. Qualifications To qualify, individuals must belong to or participate in any of the following groups, programs or agencies: USDA’s Farm Service Agency; state beginning […]

DART meetings to provide first hand view of innovative, efficient businesses

Monday, September 14, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — On-farm dairy sales and service representatives can learn about innovative retail, dairy manufacturing and service industry businesses during the October series of Dairy Advocacy and Resource Team meetings, hosted by the Pennsylvania Dairy Task Force and the Center for Dairy Excellence. Five meetings Five meetings include tours of the Lancaster DHIA testing […]

Preconditioning considerations for spring-born calves

Monday, September 14, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. — With fall just around the corner, beef producers will soon begin crafting marketing plans for spring-born calves. Even though producers were enjoying a less-challenging weather pattern this summer, many cow-calf producers have struggled to cover rising costs on a softer calf market, said University of Kentucky Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine. “This makes […]

From chicken feathers to flowerpots

Monday, September 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Chicken feathers, usually an unwanted byproduct of poultry processing, may have a more valuable future as an ingredient in biodegradable flower pots, according to an Agricultural Research Service scientist. Practical uses Chemist Walter Schmidt, in the Agricultural Research Service Environmental Management and Byproduct Utilization Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., has been developing practical uses […]

Harrison County Junior Livestock Sale thanks

Monday, September 14, 2009

Editor: The 2009 annual Harrison County Junior Fair Livestock Sale has come and gone, and was a tremendous success. A special thanks goes out to all 4-H and FFA exhibitors. The hard work and dedication you have shown throughout the year was well advertised throughout the sale. You all deserve a pat on the back […]

Norman Borlaug, a science hero of the 20th century, loses cancer battle

Monday, September 14, 2009

(Please scroll to bottom to watch a recent video of Dr. Borlaug.) COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The agricultural scientist who believed it was possible to could stop famine in developing countries across the world lost his battle with cancer Sept. 12. Norman E. Borlaug, who received the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for developing high-yielding, disease-resistant […]

Organic or local? That is the question produce growers have to answer

Monday, September 14, 2009

For some customers, locally grown produce is just as good as organic.

Ag economist sees more rough times ahead for beef industry

Saturday, September 12, 2009

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The pain of recent record losses in the U.S. cattle feeding industry will not diminish soon, but tightening supplies could lead to a modest rebound in late 2010, according to agricultural economist James Mintert. Speaking at Kansas State University’s Risk and Profit Conference Aug. 21, Mintert said consumers have responded to the […]

International mail fraud scheme identified

Friday, September 11, 2009

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Insurance and Nationwide Insurance are working together to warn consumers of an international mail fraud scheme to help make sure Ohioans do not find themselves the victim of fraud. Consumers in as many as 10 states have reportedly received counterfeit checks that appeared to originate from Nationwide Insurance. Each […]


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