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New invasive pest threatens corn growers in Pennsylvania

Monday, August 10, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new invasive pest recently found in Pennsylvania could mean serious losses to corn growers in the state. Western bean cutworm was first trapped in July 2009 in Erie and Lycoming counties and has also been found recently in low numbers in Forest, Clarion, Washington, Franklin and Tioga counties, said John […]

USDA: Increase in farm production expenditures slows in 2008

Monday, August 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. farm production expenditures totaled $307 billion in 2008, according to the Farm Production Expenditures 2008 Summary released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Total farm expenditures for 2008 rose 8.3 percent from the revised 2007 total of $284 billion — a slower increase than the prior year. Largest […]

Mary had a lot of lambs: Researchers identify way to speed up sheep breeding

Monday, August 10, 2009

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell Sheep Program researchers have discovered an unusual form of a gene that prompts ewes to breed out of season as well as conceive at younger ages and more frequently. They conducted a simple genetic test to identify the presence of the unusual form of the gene, the so-called M allele that […]

Finance experts to host conference calls on dairy markets, working with lenders

Monday, August 10, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dairy producers can learn ways to plan financial strategies for the next six months from two nationally known financial advisors — David Kohl and Gary Sipiorski — during two Mastering the Dairy Business conference calls hosted by the Center for Dairy Excellence. Dates and times Kohl, professor emeritus from Virginia Tech, will […]

Let sleeping horses stand

Monday, August 10, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — It might be nice to doze off while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, but unlike horses, humans cannot sleep standing up. Having evolved to flee in an instant, horses are equipped with a “stay apparatus” that allows them to remain upright for long periods of time. But this […]

Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions

Monday, August 10, 2009

The grand champion steer at this year’s Ohio State Fair sold for $65,000, and the reserve champion steer set a new sale record at $27,000. Check out the photos from Sunday’s Sale of Champions.

If they buy cars, they will buy beef

Monday, August 10, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The “cash for clunkers” program added large incentives to buy new cars, but the willingness of consumers to pay for big ticket purchases probably means the bite of recession is beginning to ease. “Consumers are beginning to feel a little better about their household budgets. If they will buy more cars, […]

Guide helps move organic food from field to table

Friday, August 7, 2009

COLUMBUS — The 15th edition of the Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms and Gardens is available from the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association. The Good Earth Guide includes information on more than 260 farms and businesses that sell directly to the public. Sources It includes sources for locally grown vegetables; fruits; […]

Conservation Stewardship Program begins continuous sign-ups

Friday, August 7, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture began continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program Aug. 10 with the first sign-up period cutoff scheduled for Sept. 30. Voluntary program Conservation Stewardship Program is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations. The […]

Second quarter results of Andersons Inc.

Friday, August 7, 2009

MAUMEE, Ohio — The Andersons Inc. announced second quarter net income attributable to the company of $15.9 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, on revenues of $811 million. In the same three month period of 2008, the company reported record results of $45.6 million, or $2.48 per diluted share, on $1.1 billion of revenues. For […]


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