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Vilsack to tour rural America

Monday, July 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will lead the Obama Administration’s Rural Tour. Over the next several months, Vilsack will be joined by top administration officials at discussions throughout the country about how the USDA and other federal agencies are working to strengthen rural America. Vilsack and Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the […]

Dayton Power issues request for biofuel proposals

Monday, July 6, 2009

DAYTON, Ohio — The Dayton Power and Light Company, a subsidiary of DPL Inc., has issued a request for proposals regarding biofuels for use at its generating stations. Plans The company plans to purchase a maximum of 15,000 tons of biomass fuels by the end of 2009 and a maximum of 100,000 tons in the […]

Due to very wet spring, beware of hot hay causing barn fires

Monday, July 6, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This year’s unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that’s wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Often, farmers have reported they know the hay they are baling is wetter than they’d […]

Too many mouths, not enough food

Sunday, July 5, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — With the caloric needs of the planet expected to soar by 50 percent in the next 40 years, planning and investment in global agriculture will become critically important, according a new report released June 25. The report, produced by Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading global investment banks, in collaboration with […]

Just married: The story of two lovebirds

Saturday, July 4, 2009

By KAREN L. KIRSCH Contributing writer STOW, Ohio — Daniel Ryan of Stow, Ohio, is not your average guy on the street. The former horticulturist at Hale Farm and Village in Bath sometimes found himself called upon to harness and drive the farm’s team of Belgian draft horses and even the oxen. Little did Ryan […]

Ayrshire sets U.S. auction record at $24,500

Friday, July 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — The 2009 Grand National Ayrshire Sale was one to go down in breed history. Iowa Ayrshire breeders are known to do everything in style, and this sale was no exception. Consignments from across the U.S. and Canada congregated in Dubuque, Iowa, for the sale June 19. In spite of trying economic times, the […]

Spraying herbicide on invasive weeds doesn’t always pay, study shows

Thursday, July 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — It may not always pay for ranchers to use herbicides to kill exotic invasive weeds such as leafy spurge, according to a 16-year study by the Agricultural Research Service and colleagues. Rangeland ecologist Matt Rinella at the Agricultural Research Service Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, Mont., and colleagues […]

Ohio corn stocks lower than last year

Thursday, July 2, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio corn stocks in all positions June 1 totaled 136.3 million bushels, 32 percent below the 199.6 million bushels stored June 1, 2008. On-farm stocks, at 63 million bushels, accounted for 46 percent of the total stored and decreased 32 percent from the 93 million bushels last year. Off-farm stocks decreased 31 […]

Ashtabula County crops shredded by hail

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ANDOVER, Ohio — Hail is believed to be the culprit behind widespread crop damage in an area an estimated 3 miles wide and 6 miles long in Ashtabula County. Weather report The storm began in the late afternoon July 25 between 4 and 5 p.m. but the toll won’t be completely known for at least […]

Guitar is surprise star of gun auction

Thursday, July 2, 2009

– Auctioneers Charlie and Keelan McLeish of McLeish Auction Service called a sporting gun auction at June 15 at their auction center in Marietta, Ohio, with 236 registered bidders. The top-selling item was a Martin and Co. six-string HD-28 guitar that had everyone talking and garnered some intense competition. The guitar finally sold for $1,750. […]


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