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Farm rescue training can save lives

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Forty-four people in Pennsylvania were killed in farm and agricultural-related accidents in 2008 — a sharp increase from previous years. Such statistics illustrate the need for farm-safety and farm-rescue training for emergency responders, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Since early 2001, Davis Hill, director of […]

West Virginia farm wins conservation award

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

MCMECHEN, W.Va. — In May, the DJ&M Farm, owned and operated by Dennis, Michelle, and Jarrett Blake, was chosen as Conservation Farm of the Year for Marshall County. They then went on to win the Northern Panhandle Conservation District Farm of the Year Award, competing against conservation farm winners Larry Reed from Hancock County and […]

Whiteleather wins Holstein district show

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — The District 7 Holstein Show was held July 18 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio. Approximately 100 registered Holsteins paraded the ring before the eye of judge Dwight Stoltzfus, Pennwood Farms, Berlin, Pa. Walking away with the senior and grand champion banners was Whiteleather Durasell 726, the winning 4-year-old, shown […]

Two Ohioans elected to national goat board

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The American Sheep Industry Association’s Goat Committee has elected an interim board of directors for the first-ever national organization devoted to the goat industry — the American Goat Federation. The purpose of the organization will be to build and define the U.S. goat industry on a unified front to work on issues […]

Shock and scorch strike Michigan’s blueberries

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

LANSING, Mich. — Two exotic blueberry plant diseases have been identified in Michigan for the first time — blueberry shock and blueberry scorch. Both viral plant diseases have the potential to cause significant losses to blueberry producers; however, they are not a threat to food safety or human health. Department and Michigan State University officials […]

SmartStax gains import approval in Japan

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS and ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Company and Dow AgroSciences have received full Japanese regulatory approval for importation of grain produced from SmartStax. Approved The food, feed and environmental safety of SmartStax corn were each reviewed and approved by the government agencies in Japan. These approvals follow U.S and Canadian regulatory approvals announced by the […]

Ashtabula hosts grape, wine tours

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

KINGSVILLE, Ohio — The Ohio Grape and Wine Day and the Ashtabula County Twilight Grape Tour will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station. The station is located at 2625 South Ridge Road East in Kingsville, Ohio. Topics Some of the […]

Ohio has 132 new jobs from stimulus

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH — The Ohio Division of Forestry is currently accepting applications for the first class of 132 jobs that will be available as part of the newly created Ohio Woodlands Job Corps, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Corps members will work 1,000 hours and gain work experience and woodcraft training […]

Biomass assistance program created

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — Biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which will help increase production of renewable energy. The program, authorized in the 2008 farm bill, provides financial assistance to producers who deliver eligible material to biomass conversion facilities. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will provide financial assistance to […]

Plum-Line Holsteins take banner

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

MEADVILLE, Pa. — Plum-Line Holsteins and the Carey family of Titusville, Pa., earned bragging rights at the Northwest Pennsylvania Holstein Championship Show July 25. The show was held at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, and 82 head were shown. Sean Johnson of Glenville, Pa., served as the judge. In addition to winning premier breeder and exhibitor, […]

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