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Firelands FFA chapter honors members at parent-member banquet

Monday, April 20, 2009

OBERLIN, Ohio — The Firelands FFA chapter held its annual banquet March 31 with 310 people in attendance. There were many awards and degrees given out. One of the most prestigious awards given were the Star Awards, which are given to a single person in the freshman, sophomore and junior class. The 2009 winners were: […]

Proposals being sought for biomass grant program

Monday, April 20, 2009

COLUMBUS –Interim Director Mark Barbash announced the Ohio Department of Development is accepting proposals for $500,000 in funding available for the Biomass – Waste to Energy program for projects that demonstrate technologies which utilize farm waste to produce energy in Ohio’s farming communities. Funding The Biomass – Waste to Energy program is funded through the […]

Sustainability moving to mainstream

Monday, April 20, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. — We can’t solve these problems 50 acres at a time, according to Hal Hamilton and Susan Sweitzer, referring to the challenges facing the world concerning climate change, energy and water usage, soil quality, biodiversity and poverty. Hamilton and Sweitzer spoke at the 2009 W. Duvall Leaders in Residence during a visit to […]

First peregrine falcon chicks hatch in Cleveland

Monday, April 20, 2009

COLUMBUS — The first peregrine falcon chicks of the 2009 season have hatched at the Terminal Tower nest in downtown Cleveland, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. More are expected More hatchlings at other nest sites across the state are expected. There are currently 22 pairs of territorial peregrines across […]

Ohio CAT Agri Business Division buys Wyandot County facility

Monday, April 20, 2009

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio CAT Agri Business Division has purchased the former Carter Lumber facility in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The 6-acre site, which includes three buildings, will serve as the division’s sales, rentals, parts and service headquarters. While not fully operational until this summer, the facility will open in mid to late May. Facility […]

4-H gets grant from Wal-Mart

Monday, April 20, 2009

CHEVY CHASE, Md. — National 4-H Council has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Wal-Mart Foundation to launch Youth Voice: Youth Choice, a national program that encourages young people to develop and maintain healthy, active lifestyles. The program will tackle wellness issues such as nutrition, physical fitness and safety. To fund the Youth […]

Ad explains smell of spring (and manure)

Monday, April 20, 2009

COLUMBUS — Every spring, Ohio’s dairy farmers tend to their farms by spreading liquid manure across their fields. To alert their communities to the process, and explain the odor, the American Dairy Association Mideast and Ohio Dairy Producers Association are launching a new “Spring is in the Air” ad campaign. Doing their part The new […]

Grafton Cheese paying premiums directly to Vermont farmers

Monday, April 20, 2009

GRAFTON, Vt. — Grafton Village Cheese Co., makers of Vermont cheddar cheese, will begin paying its local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are below the cost of production. The company is working in concert with its two milk co-ops Agri-Mark and DMS, both of which have given Grafton Cheese permission to send […]

Battling compaction: No-till, controlled traffic a key

Monday, April 20, 2009

With compacted soils, farmers could lose 5 percent to 10 percent of their corn or soybean yields.

Study finds big shifts in Indiana immigrant trends since 1990

Sunday, April 19, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Today’s Indiana immigrant likely is Mexican or Asian, under 40, a blue-collar laborer and not as proficient in English as foreign-born people who came to the U.S. even 20 years ago, according to a Purdue University study. “The immigrant population is young, it’s growing and it is increasingly diverse,” said Brigitte […]

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