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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 […]

Deadline is approaching for establishing pre-existing line fences

Friday, September 11, 2009

COLUMBUS — Changes last year to the Ohio Line Fence Law included a deadline of Sept. 30 for landowners to file an Affidavit of Pre-existing Line Fence, according to Peggy Kirk Hall, director of Agricultural Law, OSU Agricultural and Resource Law Program. The affidavit procedure allows a landowner to certify under oath that a line […]

Seminars scheduled for ag lenders

Friday, September 11, 2009

OTTAWA, Ohio — The Ohio State University Extension has scheduled two educational seminars in western Ohio for lenders who work with agriculture. Dates and locations The dates are Oct. 13 at the Putnam County Extension office in Ottawa and Oct. 15 at the Champaign County Extension office in Urbana. These seminars are opportunities for ag […]

Ag Credit supports Ohio Ballot Issue 2

Friday, September 11, 2009

FOSTORIA, Ohio — Ag Credit, a major agricultural lender in Ohio, is endorsing Issue 2, a voter referendum to create an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Voters will be asked Nov. 3 to add a provision to the state Constitution, establishing the board, which would set standards for the care and well-being of livestock statewide. […]

Fall sales closing date approaching for USDA crop insurance programs

Friday, September 11, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds producers considering Multi-Peril Crop Insurance for the 2010 crop year that the sales closing date is Sept. 30 for certain fall-planted crops. Brian Frieden, director of the Springfield Regional Office serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, stated, “It is important that producers who want to purchase crop […]

Snails pose health risk for llamas, alpacas

Friday, September 11, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Those slow-moving slugs and snails you find in your garden can harbor a deadly parasite. Meningeal worm, or more formally Parelaphostrongylus tenuis, pass their eggs in white tailed deer feces. Snails pick up these eggs and allow the parasite to complete its life cycle. The white tailed deer is the natural host […]

Feed shrink, the dairy manager’s nemesis

Friday, September 11, 2009

By J.W. SCHROEDER FARGO, N.D. — Even before ethanol production, corn was the king of dairy feeds, especially as the forage of corn silage. Advances in corn hybrid genetics have presented many improvements in the production of food and fiber for our world. Prevalent Feed shrink, the dairy manager’s nemesisFeed shrink, the dairy manager’s nemesisThe […]


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