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Quilt block gardens growing in Kentucky

Monday, June 15, 2009

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. — A colorful agritourism attraction has bloomed in northeast Kentucky with help from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Quilt block gardens are popping up across a five-county area. Northeast Kentucky is blanketed by many quilt block bedecked barns linked by quilt trails. The barns and trails have been successful agritourism attractions […]

Emerald Ash Borer beetles found in Westmoreland County, Pa.

Monday, June 15, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Emerald Ash Borer beetles have been found in Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, bringing to seven the number of counties where the ash tree-destroying pest has been identified, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said. The invasive beetle was first detected in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2007 in Butler County, and subsequently was found […]

Will the U.S. run out of soybeans?

Monday, June 15, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — The need to slow the rate of consumption of soybeans is a well-known fact and there are a few indications that rationing has begun, but more confirmation is needed.

B&B blends agriculture and tourism

Sunday, June 14, 2009

BUTLER, Pa. — What do a gray goose, 100 Black Angus cattle, a bride and pancakes have in common? All of them have a place at Butler County’s Armstrong Farms, which is owned by John and Kathy Allen. Best of both The Allens have woven together agriculture and tourism — the county’s top two industries […]

Small town Ohio artist has gigantic goals

Friday, June 12, 2009

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Mozart composed music at only 5 years old. Similarly, Chris McConnell’s career as an artist began when he was only 5 years old. “My sister was coloring, and I thought, ‘I can do a lot better than her,’” he said. From painting to drawing to working with metal, the now 23-year-old Mesopotamia […]

American taxpayers are subsidizing the rest of the world

Friday, June 12, 2009

Editor: These days, the subject one is most likely to hear on the evening news is the state of the economy. The U.S.A. is a young country compared to England, France, Germany, Africa and several other countries. Why must we help all of these foreign countries that are much older than ours? Also, given the […]

Organizations host mastitis prevention and milk quality conference

Friday, June 12, 2009

VERONA, Wis. — In a first-time partnership, NMC and the Mid-Atlantic Consortium attracted nearly 200 individuals to the Joint NMC Regional Meeting and Mid-Atlantic Consortium Conference, held May 27-28 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Attendees represented various facets of the dairy industry and included extension educators and specialists, producers, veterinarians, consultants, equipment and pharmaceutical suppliers, field reps, […]

Scientists’ discovery may unravel mysterious chicken behavior

Friday, June 12, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It may be possible to have the both of two worlds in the chicken business: egg production and a noncombative hen. A team of scientists led by Agricultural Research Service biologist Heng-wei Cheng at the agency’s Livestock Behavior Research Unit in West Lafayette, Ind., and William M. Muir of Purdue University, […]

Cultivating connections: Telling the ag story through social media

Friday, June 12, 2009

(Part I of a two-part series.) SALEM, Ohio — Are you a fan of Ohio Hog Farmers on Facebook? Have you RT’d Ohio Farm Bureau’s latest tweet yet? Not sure what I’m asking? You might want to start familiarizing yourself with these social networking sites and the related lingo.

Reader: Pa. Sunshine solar energy program not so bright

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Editor: In your May 28, 2009 article, “Sun is shining on those interested in solar energy,” it is claimed that Pennsylvania consumers could reduce “purchase and installation costs of solar energy technology” by 45 percent. How? By taking advantage of federal tax credits and Pennsylvania’s Sunshine and Solar Program rebates. The case of one couple […]

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