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Maurer named state executive director for the FSA at the USDA

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration named Steven Maurer to serve as state executive director for the Farm Service Agency at the USDA. Maurer is currently the chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a position he has held since 2007. The Division of Natural Areas and Preserves protects […]

Ag. Secretary Vilsack establishes dairy advisory committee, seeks nominations

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that as part of USDA’s continuing efforts to listen to and respond to the needs of producers in the dairy industry, he is moving forward on establishing the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and is requesting nominations. Committed “The Obama Administration is committed to working with all sectors of […]

Learn about selling meat directly to consumers

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Learn more about selling meat directly to consumers in a free public seminar at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster. Speakers Speaking will be Kathleen Harris, who started upstate New York’s Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company (, a new and profitable link between farmers […]

Government, industry officials hopeful for future of ag

Thursday, August 27, 2009

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — Despite the struggles in the dairy industry and difficult economic times, government officials and Penn State’s leaders remain hopeful about the future of agriculture. About 700 agricultural producers and professionals gathered during Ag Progress Days for the Government and Industry Luncheon Aug. 19.

Mobile Ag Lab available statewide

Thursday, August 27, 2009

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — With back-to-school season upon us, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau chose Ag Progress Days, held Aug. 18-20, as a relevant time to announce the addition of two new Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs. The labs, which will be available for the 2010-2011 school year, will give every school district in the state access […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Aug. 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

OBERLIN, Ohio — The Firelands FFA will host chapter alumni and friends for an open house Sept. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be held in the agricultural science class and lab. Former members are asked to bring their FFA jackets. The oldest jacket will win a prize. Dessert will be served. […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Aug. 27, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CARROLLTON, Ohio — The East Township Young Producers 4-H club met Aug. 15 with 25 members in attendance. Members received tickets to sell for their annual fundraiser, with the winner to be drawn at the November meeting. Members filled out their honor member forms. Dalton Ulman gave a demonstration on different ways to cast a […]

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to visit Zanesville, Ohio

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is coming to Ohio next week. Vilsack is making the trek to Ohio as part of U.S. President Barack Obama administration’s Rural Tour. Vilsack is scheduled to visit Zanesville, Ohio Aug. 31. The forum is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the Muskingum County Welcome Center. […]

Fire takes out machinery building at Kind’s farm in Lawrence County, Pa.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

PLAIN GROVE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — More than 75 firefighters from Lawrence, Butler and Mercer counties worked to put out the flames that took down a machinery building at Kind’s Grassycrest Dairy Farm Aug. 25. Layne Kind called in the fire at 11:46 a.m. By 3:15 p.m., the fire was cleared, said Ronald Steele, assistant fire […]

Farm accidents take one life and injure another

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ST. LOUISVILLE, Ohio — A farmer baling hay died Aug. 25 after the tractor he was operating rolled over in Licking County. John Herendeen, 57, of St. Louisville, died at Licking Memorial Hospital after sustaining injuries from the accident. Mary Ann Township Fire Chief Kelly Smith said Herendeen was traveling down the side of a […]


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