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Saddle Up for St. Jude Benefit Trail Ride a success

Monday, May 4, 2009

EAST SPARTA, Ohio — The eighth annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Benefit Trail Ride was held April 26 with 102 horse riders attending the 10-mile benefit ride with 100 percent of the proceeds collected benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Locally, Gina Soehnlen of Bear Creek Stables in East Sparta has organized and […]

Ohio’s statewide 4-H Dairy Judging contest held at Spring Dairy Expo

Monday, May 4, 2009

COLUMBUS — Dairy 4-H judges from all over the state converged upon Spring Dairy Expo April 11 to test their skills of reasoning, problem solving and communication when evaluating six classes of dairy cattle. Quality animals from the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein and Jersey breeds were selected from exhibitors. From the previous year, there was […]

Willet Dairy is awarded partial return of attorney fees

Monday, May 4, 2009

FABIUS, N.Y. — After nine years of litigation in U.S. District Court, Judge Frederick J. Scullin has ruled in favor of Willet Dairy, Genoa, and declared the suit brought against it by a few of its neighbors as “frivolous” and ordered a portion of attorney fees returned to the farm. No evidentiary support Judge Scullin […]

USDA to conduct request for referendum in May

Monday, May 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a request for referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Program (soybean checkoff) through May 29. The request for referendum will determine whether U.S. soybean producers want a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Program. Eligible to participate Soybean producers eligible to participate in […]

Bald eagle nest fails in national park

Monday, May 4, 2009

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — The Cuyahoga Valley bald eagle pair have abandoned their Pinery Narrows nest. The nest, located north of Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was successful in both 2007 and 2008. This past February, the pair again took up residency in the same nest only to have it blown down […]

Gypsy moth treatments to begin in southern Ohio

Monday, May 4, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced aerial treatments designed to slow the spread and suppress the gypsy moth are scheduled to begin in Jackson and Vinton counties. Treatment blocks include 54 acres in Jackson County and more than 1,202 acres in Vinton County. Treatments are administered using a low-flying aircraft that flies […]

Pa. Supreme Court ACRE law ruling is good news for state’s agriculture

Monday, May 4, 2009

CAMP HILL, Pa. — A new Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling enables the state attorney general to challenge local ordinances that illegally restrict agriculture, regardless of when they were adopted.

Ohio counties eligible for disaster funds

Monday, May 4, 2009

COLUMBUS — The USDA designated four Ohio counties as agricultural natural disaster areas, making certain farmers and other agricultural producers in the counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Thirteen counties were designated in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas, due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred March […]

Get your CRP contract extended

Monday, May 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will offer certain producers the opportunity to modify and extend their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts that are scheduled to expire Sept. 30. USDA can only extend approximately 1.5 million acres out of a total 3.9 million acres expiring this year. This extension will ensure that FSA meets the […]

You can file a specialty crop grant proposal

Monday, May 4, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture is seeking project proposals that will advance long-term economic viability and sustainability of Ohio’s specialty crop industry, while increasing the marketability of specialty crops. These projects should enhance the competitiveness of Ohio’s specialty crops through market promotion, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems. Specialty crops […]

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