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A roundup of 4-H news for the week of May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The Ridge Runners 4-H club met May 12 at the Bowman Ridge Community Center. Old business included the goat and lamb weigh-in that took place May 2, goat and rabbit overnighter that took place April 25-26 and the Blue and Gold steer show May 9. New business included the Elizabethtown Festival May […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — Ten members from the Crestview FFA traveled to the 81st FFA State Convention May 1. While the Meats Team, consisting of Heath Gray, Loren Hulit, Sam Grauer, Jeb May, Abe Sauder and Andy Sloan competed at the state level, delegates Dale Shoup and James Dotterer attended the first session of the convention […]

Sun is shining on those interested in solar energy

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of Pennsylvania homeowners and small business owners eager to slash or even eliminate their electricity bills will be able to install new solar technologies at a discount of up to 45 percent, thanks to a new program. Big discount The PA Sunshine Solar Program will provide $100 million in rebates to help […]

Elvis Presley’s original John Deere tractor on display in Graceland

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MOLINE, Ill. — A John Deere tractor regularly used by Elvis Presley on his Mississippi ranch and at his home at Graceland will be displayed at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.

Want to build a pond?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — If you are a landowner who has always been wanting a pond, there are a number of pre-construction steps that should be done to first determine if your property will even be suitable for a pond. First step Bob Frazee, University of Illinois Natural Resources educator, suggested the first step would be […]

Dealing with summer external parasites

Monday, May 18, 2009

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — During a year’s time, beef cattle are exposed to a variety of insect pests that may impact their performance, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Examples include the common horn fly (which shows up in huge numbers in mid- to late-summer if not treated against) […]

Michigan Dairy Expo to offer seminars, state breed shows

Monday, May 18, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The 13th annual Michigan Dairy Expo will take place July 20-24 at the Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. Dairy producers and visitors may attend the expo to learn about Michigan’s dairy industry by visiting commercial exhibits and attending dairy management seminars and state breed shows. Youth portion […]

Inspectors catch feared pest in shipment

Monday, May 18, 2009

HOUSTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted evidence that one of the world’s most feared pests, the Khapra Beetle, was hidden in a shipment of furniture and household items. Khapra Beetle Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists collected Khapra Beetle cast skins from straw brooms and burlap sacks within the container and sent […]

Book written to increase awareness of vital role of grass and grassland plants

Monday, May 18, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture was written to increase awareness of the vital role grass and grassland plants have in ensuring a sustainable future for American agriculture. Published by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America, the book’s content […]

Penn State report looks at state’s economic future after recession

Monday, May 18, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the nation grapples with a severe recession, economists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have published a new report that suggests which industries and areas in Pennsylvania may experience expansion or decline in employment in the upturn expected to follow the recession. “Pennsylvania: Road to Growth” was prepared at […]

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