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Mercer County Dairy Princess crowned

Saturday, June 27, 2009

By CAROL ANN GREGG Farm and Dairy correspondent MERCER, Pa. — After much deliberation, judges selected Lena Aiken as 2009-10 Mercer County Dairy Princess. She is the daughter of Dave and Carol Aiken, New Wilmington. The alternates, both from the Grove City area, are Alisha Henry, daughter of Alan and Beverly Henry and Elizabeth Weber, […]

Indiana farmer writes prescriptions — to his soil, that is

Friday, June 26, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — People are often prescribed a multi-vitamin or medication or two to help them perform and feel their best every day. Now, some farmers are doing the same for their fields. It’s called prescription farming. Very precise They’re not giving vitamins or medication to the land, necessarily, but this type of farming […]

Using custom rates to show on-farm savings with no-till method

Friday, June 26, 2009

COLUMBUS — The environmental and conservation benefits of no-till production may be reason enough to adopt the practice, but for many farmers the answer to one question remains a driving factor: “Will it improve my bottom line?” Potential on-farm savings Farmers now have a way of putting a dollar value on no-till production, and based […]

Ayrshire Breeders’ Association honors members at convention

Friday, June 26, 2009

COLUMBUS — The Ayrshire Breeders’ Association had a successful convention hosted by the Iowa Ayrshire Breeders’ Association in Dubuque, Iowa. President David Koss presided over the annual meeting June 19 with an enthusiastic group of Ayrshire members in attendance. Signs of growth were given in the annual report presented to the membership. Registration totals increased […]

Trees and farms make a good team

Friday, June 26, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — Creating consumer markets for forest-grown products, reducing nonpoint source pollution, protecting waterfowl habitat, diversifying farm operations — these are just a few of the ways agroforestry is moving to the forefront of the land-use discussion in North America. A new edition of North American Agroforestry: An Integrated Science and Practice, published by […]

Gulf of Mexico full of nutrients

Friday, June 26, 2009

RESTON, Va. — Spring nutrient delivery to the northern Gulf of Mexico is among the highest measured by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 30 years. Too many nutrients, which are essential for plant growth, are not necessarily a good thing. Excessive nutrients can be harmful by decreasing the amount of oxygen in the water, […]

Team effort protects Ohio’s food supply

Friday, June 26, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — A new partnership between Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Agriculture will enhance the protection of Ohio’s crops, forests and food supply. Bobby D. Moser, Ohio State’s associate vice president for agricultural administration and dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, joined ODA director Bob Boggs in […]

Kent State Salem adds new bachelor’s degree in horticulture technology

Friday, June 26, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Kent State Columbiana County’s Salem Campus has added a bachelor’s in horticulture technology to its growing number of four-year degrees. The degree was recently approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. Program Director Stanley Jones said students can earn both an associate degree and the new bachelor’s degree at the Salem Campus. […]

Don’t miss the chance for broadband in southern Ohio

Friday, June 26, 2009

Editor: Like many of your readers I live in the countryside, out of reach of modern broadband and barely in range of cellular service. I, for one, would like to see that situation improved. The problem is that the population and income densities where I live are just too low for the major telecom companies […]

What is really going on in these days of vast “over-supply?”

Friday, June 26, 2009

Editor: An article on a Web site, taken from USDA’s Livestock, Dairy, Poultry Outlook Report, dated June 17, 2009, grabbed my attention when it stated that commercial dairy exports this year are expected to total 19.7 billion pounds on a skims/solids basis. How could this be? Exports of nonfat dry milk were very strong last […]

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