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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 […]

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 […]

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