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Geography, timing, stress can affect antioxidants in cancer-fighting foods

Thursday, March 5, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Black raspberries contain cancer-fighting properties, but how much those compounds benefit the consumer may depend on environmental factors and cultural practices. Small-fruit specialists with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center analyzed four common black raspberry cultivars at eight production sites throughout Ohio and found varying levels of antioxidants. The findings suggest […]

Pa. cattlemen pool calves to gain dollar power

Thursday, March 5, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eight thousand calves were sold for premium prices last year through a program that is helping to increase profits for Pennsylvania beef producers. Since 1995, the Pennsylvania Feeder Calf Pool traditionally has added 10 to 25 cents a pound to the sale price, according to Dustin Heeter, livestock-production educator for Penn […]

Sugarcreek auction fined $162,800 for equine violations

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leroy Baker Jr., owner and operator of Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, has been fined more than $162,000 by the USDA for violating equine transport laws. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) filed a complaint against Baker in March 2008, alleging he violated the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.

Humane society: Ohio, here we come

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers, you’ve had your warning. The Humane Society of the United States — the group who’s successfully outlawed hen cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in California, Arizona and Florida — has its eye on doing the same in the Buckeye State. The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to […]

Temple Grandin helps ranch expand humane certification

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Temple Grandin, renowned author, livestock facilities designer and proponent of animal well-being, is lending her name to a labeling program that guarantees sustainability and humane animal treatment. Grandin unveiled the program, which she’s calling Dr. Temple Grandin Certified, Sustainable & Humane, in early February. It applies only to the Niman Ranch line […]

Soybean industry turmoil continues at top

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Dan Duran, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, has been placed on administrative leave by the council’s board of directors. Duran will be on leave with full pay and benefits until further notice. The council issued no further comment following the March 3 statement. The action comes as additional facts of […]

Workshop visits bioenergy possibilities

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PIKETON, Ohio — With nearly 70 percent of southern Ohio’s land cover invested in farmland and forests, opportunities abound to convert those resources into bioenergy products. An Ohio State University workshop will be offered this month that will explore the feasibility of producing and processing bioenergy crops to meet growing energy demands while stimulating the […]

Study on soil compaction goes deeper

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — Farmers know that agricultural equipment can cause compaction in no-till crop fields, but Ohio State University researchers have found that, depending on soil type, compaction can be severe and persist for years. Based on 20 years of compaction studies at various locations in Ohio, just one year of harvest traffic on clay soils […]

Economists provide online Webinar

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — As America moves beyond mere discussion of the world financial crisis and severe economic downturn, policy proposals and decisions are flying left and right. What are the implications on our world position and on the relationship between rural and urban domestic economies? Experts Two premier policy economists from The Ohio State University Department […]

Maybe money does grow on trees

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Workshop teaches you how to turn your timber into cash. COLUMBUS — Do right by both your woods and your wallet whenever you sell your timber. Learn how in a one-day workshop led by Ohio forestry experts. “The Basics of Selling Timber” takes place April 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Bellville, Ohio. Organizers say […]

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