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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 […]

Auction Roundup — Good attendance continues at Pa. auctions

Thursday, April 23, 2009

– Trace Auction Service of Meadville, Pa., held a machinery auction in Cochranton, Pa., April 3 with more than 100 auction goers braving the bad weather to attend. The top-selling item was a fifth wheel camper that brought $11,750. Other highlights included a stock trailer for $3,000; a D6 CAT dozer for $2,750; a horse-drawn […]

Ohio cropland values expected to drop

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Producers and landowners alike are being squeezed by high input costs and low commodity prices.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

BROOKFIELD, Ohio — Rabbits were tattooed during the Brookfield 4-H Friends club meeting April 2. Mrs. Meredith, the new poultry board leader, spoke. Emily and Jade Bailey showed their snakes, which included a 6-foot-long albino Ball Python. General and small animal interview judging will be June 22. The livestock sale will be July 4. The […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

WEST SALEM, Ohio —Members of the Northwestern FFA chapter traveled to the National Dairy Expo in Columbus for the State Dairy Cattle Management Contest April 11. The team placed sixth out of more than 50 teams. There were more than 225 individuals competing. Tyler Topp placed first in the state and Tessa Topp and William […]

Germany’s Capri Sun maker turns to OARDC for help

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

COLUMBUS — Rudolf WILD GmbH & Co. KG of Heidelberg, Germany, is turning to the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center for research and development services. The research agreement targets processing, packaging and storage techniques for fruits, vegetables, beverages and a selection of prepared entrees. WILD, the manufacturer of Capri Sun fruit […]

Report reveals farmers, ethanol not to blame for high food prices

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — American farmers deserve an apology, and leaders of the American Farm Bureau, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy are calling on Congress to make sure that happens. The demand comes on the heels of a government report issued earlier this month that admits American farmers and the still-blossoming […]

Article endorsement for Jerseys

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Editor: I found the article from Normand St-Pierre about feeding for pounds of fat and protein to be quite interesting, and his closing comments in particular. “In essence, dairy producers make their money on the fat and protein produced, around 7 pounds per hundredweight of milk in Holstein cows and lose money producing the remaining […]

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