WASHINGTON — The USDA is transferring approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic feeding programs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the goal is to help support both low-income families struggling to put nutritious food on their […]
COLUMBUS — More than 30,000 cattle industry enthusiasts attended the Ohio Beef Expo March 20-22 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. In its 22nd year, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association hosted the annual event. The major attraction March 21 was six purebred sales. A total of more than 325 lots were sold with an […]
Editor: In his commentary, “Can’t feed the hungry without farmers,” in the March 26 issue, Denny Banister makes some very valid points. His common sense reasons for continuing direct payments to farmers with one half million dollars in annual sales include: 1. Those farms produce 75 percent of the entire U.S. food supply and we […]
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin field trial has proven that a Johne’s disease control program is both effective and affordable. The disease can cause body wasting and chronic diarrhea, but not all cattle show these clinical signs, which creates a dilemma for dairy producers. Which cows should be removed or isolated from the herd? It’s […]
COLUMBUS — Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 54,800 pounds of venison to local food banks through the 2008-09 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Meals The 54,800 pounds of venison equals approximately 219,200 meals for Ohioans in need. […]
TUCSON, Ariz. — A checkoff-funded virtual tour titled “Dairy beef from start to finish” was recently presented at the Dairy Calf and Heifer annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The video features Bart Hanson, DCHA president, on his custom calf and heifer raising operation, Amber Hills Ranch. Topics The tour discusses their operation, the importance of […]
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — “Is there a way to try something different to move to less tillage?” That’s the question Anu Rangarajan, the director of Cornell’s Small Farm Program, asked an overflowing crowd at the latest Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) conference. Rangarajan urged the growers at this PASA annual Farming for the Future […]
Ohio hog producers had 1.97 million hogs on hand March 1, 2009, up 2 percent from last quarter and up 6 percent from a year ago. U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2009, was 65.4 million head, down 3 percent from March 1, 2008, and down 2 percent from December 1, 2008.
ATHENS, Ohio — One hundred-five black bear sightings were reported in 21 Ohio counties last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Confirmed sightings Of that number, state wildlife personnel confirmed 38 sightings, a similar count to the 39 confirmed sightings in 2007. The confirmed sightings of 2008 occurred in […]
You can toss a coin, but don’t ignore your own experience when making planting decisions.