MERCER, Pa. — Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council has 15 openings for a three-day cheese making training course, July 1-3 at the Trinity Church in Mercer, Pa. The course is available to those in the area interested in learning how to produce farmstead cheese for retail sale. This hands-on training course will feature […]
WASHINGTON — Soil moisture is essential for seeds to germinate and for crops to grow. But record droughts and scorching temperatures in certain parts of the globe in recent years have caused soil to dry up, crippling crop production. The falling food supply in some regions has forced prices upward, pushing staple foods out of […]
During a recent forum in Kentucky, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touched on many issues facing his department, including climate change and animal identification.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On-farm composting cooperatives in five Pennsylvania counties may hold more benefits than farmers realize.
(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 […]
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.