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Looking at forest fires in a different way

Friday, June 5, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Smokey Bear has been telling Americans since 1944, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” but a new bill under consideration in the state’s General Assembly may begin to change Pennsylvania’s approach to the blazes, according to forest experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “A common misconception of the general […]

Seminar to focus on animal activism

Friday, June 5, 2009

ORWELL, Ohio — Local leaders in the community and in the agriculture industry will hold a seminar on “Becoming a Pro-Animal Agriculture Activists” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 19 at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road, state Route 87, Russell, Ohio. The seminar is open to the public and reservations are […]

Crop could be grown for biofuel market

Friday, June 5, 2009

ATHENS, Ga. — Corn and soybeans are excellent crops for use in ethanol and biodiesel production, but chickens, cows and people like to eat the crops, too. University of Georgia engineers are searching for non-food crops that can be used to make alternative fuels. The oilseed radish is one crop that could be used to […]

Seed exchange moves transgenes through Mexican maize

Friday, June 5, 2009

DAVIS, Calif. — The appearance of genetically modified proteins in maize seed stocks throughout Mexico paints a curious pattern that suggests why efforts to prevent the flow of transgenic plant material into that country could fail, reports a team of researchers in Mexico and at UC Davis. The researchers hope their findings, published online in […]

Pa. farmers: Join a compost co-op

Friday, June 5, 2009

On-farm composting cooperatives in five Pennsylvania counties may hold more benefits than farmers realize.

The need for speed

Thursday, June 4, 2009

(Editor’s note: Charlie Renner and his wife, Dawn, recently attended The World Class Driving Event in New Platz, N.Y. He won the trip as part of a national contest. His trip wouldn’t have been complete without taking Farm and Dairy along for the ride. The following is Renner’s account of the excursion. It sounds like […]

Ohio’s Farm Focus event canceled for 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

VAN WERT, Ohio — The Farm Focus Field Day, scheduled for July 21 in Van Wert County, has been canceled due to state budget cuts that resulted in personnel reductions in the Ohio State University Extension program.

Antique bank brings consignor big profit

Thursday, June 4, 2009

– Garth’s Auctions Inc. of Delaware, Ohio, held its third annual Ohio Valley Auction May 23. The auction offered a wide selection of antique furniture and decorative arts. Among the assortment of both formal, painted and folk material offered was a whimsical, ovoid form stoneware bank with a bright cobalt glaze and incised decoration of […]

Proposed budget cuts mean ‘no fair’ for some

Thursday, June 4, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The effects of the economy can be observed in many places today — in the automotive industry, in tourism and hospitality services, and, if the proposed Senate budget passes, at Pennsylvania fairs and shows.

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

Thursday, June 4, 2009

CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Kangaroo Krew 4-H club met May 15 with 12 members in attendance. Members discussed the homecoming parade, the fair booth and sending a thank you card and donation to Jenkins Feed and Supply for letting the club use their space for its rabies clinic. Members worked on project books. The next […]

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