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Giant hogweed found in Butler County

Saturday, May 30, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning residents of Forward Township in Evans City, Butler County, that giant hogweed, a noxious and invasive weed that can cause blistering and scarring on the skin of susceptible people, has been confirmed in their area.

Kirk to U.S. Meat Export Federation: Trading partners must play by rules, too

Friday, May 29, 2009

WASHINGTON — In his first address to an agricultural trade association as a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told members of the U.S. Meat Export Federation that he is committed to making U.S. exports a cornerstone of the nation’s economic recovery. In order to do so, however, he emphasized trading […]

Hog producers can’t get a break

Friday, May 29, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — The H1N1 flu and rising feed prices have once again put the pork industry into deep losses, continuing the trend of “red ink” dating back to the fall of 2007. “While recovery in hog prices is expected as the world tries to return to more normal consumption, the financial stress may be […]

Free web series to address issues of uncertain times in agriculture

Friday, May 29, 2009

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Western Extension Committee of the Washington State University Extension Western Center for Risk Management Education will hold an interactive online webinar series on a variety of issues to help agricultural producers and other professionals better understand and deal with today’s changing economy. Multiple online sessions Titled “Ag in Uncertain Times,” […]

Ohio colleges receive research funding

Friday, May 29, 2009

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has recommended nearly $24 million in funding through the Wright Projects Program in support of near-term commercialization projects requiring major capital acquisitions and improvements at Ohio colleges and universities and nonprofit research institutions. The awards are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval. About the program The Ohio Third […]

Ohio wineries win awards in international competition

Friday, May 29, 2009

MADISON, Ohio — The wineries in Ohio’s Grand River Valley Wine Region are garnering top honors in many national and international wine competitions. The most recent announcement came from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition with both Debonne Vineyards and Ferrante Winery being awarded a Double Gold for their Riesling varietal wines. One of the […]

Produce growers debate agreement

Friday, May 29, 2009

COLUMBUS — Leafy green vegetable growers are preparing for the possibility of a national agreement that would set standards for the production and handling of the vegetables.

Aquaculture Field Day set for June 13

Thursday, May 28, 2009

PIKETON, Ohio — Ohio State University’s South Centers at Piketon, located off state Route 32 in Pike County, may not look like the ideal place for lake sturgeon, largemouth bass and blue gill. But it’s full of surprises. The facility boasts the only fish genetics lab in the Midwest and is the cornerstone of research […]

DuPont alleges anti-competitive conduct by Monsanto

Thursday, May 28, 2009

WILMINGTON, Del. — Monsanto is trying to deny farmers access to alternative technologies at a time when farmers are struggling with weeds that are increasingly resistant to current Monsanto products, according to James C. Borel, DuPont group vice president. Come to expect “The litigation filed by Monsanto is more of what we have come to […]

Auction Roundup — Real estate brings good prices at Kiko auctions

Thursday, May 28, 2009

- Auctioneer Randy Compton of Kiko Auctioneers and Realtors, Canton, Ohio, called an auction by the order of Larry and Judy Hepler April 30 in North Benton, Ohio, with 80 registered bidders. The three-bedroom, two-bath, split-level home sold for $145,000. The top selling item was a 25-year-old Simplicity tractor for $1,300. Other top sellers included […]

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