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Climate change study foresees a warmer, wetter Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State study of climate-change impacts in Pennsylvania projects a warmer, wetter commonwealth, with a longer growing season and significantly less snow by the middle of the century. Conducted by the Environment and Natural Resources Institute in the College of Agricultural Sciences for the state Department of Environmental Protection, the […]

Honey might need country-of-origin labeling

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is soliciting comments on its interim final rule for country-of-origin labeling of honey. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is establishing a new regulation addressing country-of-origin labeling for packed honey bearing any official USDA mark or statement. Required Under the new farm bill, the regulations governing inspection and certification would […]

Morrow farm owner donates easement

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Morrow County residents Robert and Marilyn Weiler preserved their 38-acre farm for agricultural use by donating an agricultural easement to the Ohio Department of Agriculture in June. Farm background The Harmony Township farm consists of cropland, nearly 76 percent of which is designated as prime soils by the United States Department of […]

Virgil Gasser farm a highlight of WCDSU Twilight Tour

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CRESTON, Ohio — No farmer should have to go through one barn fire, let alone two, but that is just one of the challenges Virgil and Lois Gasser have faced during their 37 years in the dairy business. Just one week before the annual Wayne County Dairy Service Unit Twilight Tour, Gasser lost a barn […]

Horsemen left out of legislation

Monday, July 20, 2009

GROVE CITY, Ohio — Gov. Strickland’s legislative directive regarding VLT’s at Ohio’s seven racetracks as well as the budget bill passed by both Houses of the Ohio legislature contained no language regarding purses or the promotion of live horse racing in the state, according to the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association which represents the […]

Dairy Farmers of America issues $9.5 million to assist members

Monday, July 20, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s board of directors has approved a special cash payment to members in an effort to ease economic burdens facing the dairy industry. Payment The $9.5 million payment — equivalent to 5 cents per hundredweight for milk marketed through Dairy Farmers of America from January through June […]

Millions in direct loans available to farmers and producers

Monday, July 20, 2009

WEST SALEM, Wis. — Seven hundred and sixty million dollars from the Supplemental Appropriations Act signed by President Obama is available for approved but previously unfunded USDA direct farm ownership and operating loans throughout the country. USDA will deliver these loans to producers as quickly as possible to meet the capital needs of farmers and […]

Ohio cheese maker earns three medals at festival

Monday, July 20, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Buckeye Grove Farm Cheese of Beallsville, Ohio, earned three medals at the 2009 North American Regional Jersey Cheese Awards on the Island of Jersey, UK. Dixie Swiss earned a silver medal and Hill Folk Jersey and Boeren Kaas Gouda both earned bronze. There were 77 entries from 29 producers representing 15 states […]

Guernsey sale has $59,000 top seller

Monday, July 20, 2009

RICHARDSON, Texas — Thirty females averaged $5,003 in the 2009 National Guernsey Convention Sale, held July 12 in Richardson, Texas. Sixty-five total embryos averaged $435 each. The sale was held in the main theater of the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Top sale Topping the sale was Moziers Lux Anne of Lavon Farms, EX-92. […]

Have you any wool? Duo shear 1,094 sheep in 24 hours

Monday, July 20, 2009

Shearing for 24 hours straight, Doug Rathke, 48, of Minnesota, sheared 607 sheep and Gavin McKerrow, 60, of Wisconsin, sheared 487 sheep.

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