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A roundup of 4-H news for the week of August 6, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

MINERVA, Ohio — The M-Town Clovers 4-H club met July 19 at the fairgrounds with 13 members in attendance. The club will participate again this year in the Carroll County Back to School Extravaganza by filling two backpacks, one for a girl and one for a boy. Honor member, honor club forms and secretary and […]

Ag Progress Days: Crops, Soils and Conservation Area offers array of activities for all ages

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service again join forces with Penn State’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences to co-sponsor the exposition’s Crops, Soils and Conservation Area at this year’s Ag Progress Days. The learning center brings together specialists and exhibits from USDA’s Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, the […]

Ag Progress Days: Exhibits to show water issues in Pa.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A wide range of research and outreach related to water quality will be highlighted by special exhibits at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days Aug. 18-20 at Rock Springs. With the theme, “Water: Our Resource, Our Future,” the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building, on Main Street between West 9th and West […]

Surviving the dairy crisis may mean changes to operation

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Area dairy producers say the struggle to survive will be worth it once the market rebounds.

Latest CWT round retiring 87,000 dairy cows

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cooperatives Working Together organizers have tentatively accepted 294 bids in the third herd retirement it has conducted in the last nine months. The 86,710 cows and 1.8 billion pounds of milk accepted in this round, combined with CWT’s previous two herd retirements, equal a total production capacity of 4.8 billion pounds of […]

One Stark County family’s love of the fair spans 160 years

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CANTON, Ohio — In 1850, Jacob Schwartz helped to start the Stark County Agricultural Society, and the organization scheduled the first Stark County Fair in October. Nearly 160 years later, Schwartz’s great-great-grandson, Charles Swartz of Canton, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Fair Association’s Hall of Fame.

USDA temporarily increases dairy support prices

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — A bleeding U.S. dairy sector received a small bandage July 31 as the USDA announced plans to increase dairy price support levels, but the reactivated Congressional dairy caucus is still pushing for a long-term solution to historically low milk prices that are driving many milk producers out of business. Dairy price support […]

Farm rescue training can save lives

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Forty-four people in Pennsylvania were killed in farm and agricultural-related accidents in 2008 — a sharp increase from previous years. Such statistics illustrate the need for farm-safety and farm-rescue training for emergency responders, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Since early 2001, Davis Hill, director of […]

West Virginia farm wins conservation award

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

MCMECHEN, W.Va. — In May, the DJ&M Farm, owned and operated by Dennis, Michelle, and Jarrett Blake, was chosen as Conservation Farm of the Year for Marshall County. They then went on to win the Northern Panhandle Conservation District Farm of the Year Award, competing against conservation farm winners Larry Reed from Hancock County and […]

Whiteleather wins Holstein district show

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — The District 7 Holstein Show was held July 18 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio. Approximately 100 registered Holsteins paraded the ring before the eye of judge Dwight Stoltzfus, Pennwood Farms, Berlin, Pa. Walking away with the senior and grand champion banners was Whiteleather Durasell 726, the winning 4-year-old, shown […]


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