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American lamb industry supports the continuation of the lamb checkoff

Friday, April 24, 2009

DENVER, Colo. — The Secretary of Agriculture announced the continuation of the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order administered by the American Lamb Board. The majority of lamb producers, feeders, seedstock producers, first handlers and exporters participating in a national referendum from Feb. 2-27 voted in favor to continue the order. Approved by majority For […]

Crestview FFA holds awards banquet

Friday, April 24, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — The Crestview FFA celebrated another successful year with its 46th annual awards banquet. The members expressed their thanks and appreciation to all the groups and individuals that contributed their hard work, time and dignity toward the success of the chapter. The 2008-09 officer team included Jeb May, president; Alicia Metzger, vice president; […]

W.Va. cattle deaths under investigation

Friday, April 24, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is investigating the death of approximately 20 head of cattle in southern West Virginia, and the current prime suspect is toxin contained in reed canarygrass. “We have ruled out any infectious diseases,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. “Although we are not positive canarygrass is […]

Another program offers $2.5 million in farmland preservation funds

Friday, April 24, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers can now apply to receive cash payouts in return for preserving their properties forever. Farm landowners can work with their township trustees, county commissioners or land trust group through May 27 to apply for a share of $2.5 million to be awarded through USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. […]

Frito-Lay has good news for corn growers

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Two recent announcements from Frito-Lay are good news to American consumers and corn growers in particular, according to the National Corn Growers Association. In an era of rising food prices and lower commodity prices, the foodmaker is increasing the portion size of some items while not raising the prices, they announced this […]

Donald C. Rupert, 1913-2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

SEBRING, Ohio — Donald Charles Rupert, 95, of 800 South 15th Street, Sebring, Ohio, died April 21, 2009, in the Crandall Medical Center of Copeland Oaks. He was born to Willis and Emma Van Skiver Rupert Dec. 14, 1913, on the Rupert family farm outside of New Waterford, Ohio. After graduating from Fairfield Centralized High […]

Six breeds judged at Spring Dairy Expo

Thursday, April 23, 2009

COLUMBUS — A total of 564 animals from six different breeds were exhibited and placed by judges Steve White of New Castle, Ind., and Lynn Lee of Smyrna, Tenn., at the Spring Dairy Expo, April 9-11. Cattle traveled from more than 13 states. There were four different breed sales and more than 205 animals that […]

Improvement in cattle prices expected

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The beef production sector has suffered one of the most dramatic negative impacts from the general economy, according to a Purdue University agricultural economist. This sector also has the potential to have one of the most dramatic positive responses when the world returns to greater normalcy. “As beef cow numbers continue to drop, beef exports […]

Loan repayment rates for commodities

Thursday, April 23, 2009

COLUMBUS — USDA has began to use an improved and more stable system for determining non-recourse marketing assistance loan repayment rates and loan deficiency payment rates for wheat, feed grains, pulse crops, oilseeds, wool, mohair and honey. “The new method will moderate fluctuations of the loan repayment rate,” said David Drake, acting state executive director […]

Historic Harmony easements protect sites

Thursday, April 23, 2009

PITTSBURGH — Historic Harmony, the historical society and preservation advocate that operates the Harmony Museum, has donated preservation easements to Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation to ensure preservation of eight historic properties. Location The sites are in Harmony Borough and adjacent Jackson Township in what recent census statistics indicate is the fastest growing area of […]

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