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Potential is there for small fruit crops

Monday, June 8, 2009

PIKETON, Ohio — From jostaberries to winegrapes to pawpaws, new crop and on-farm diversification opportunities abound for southern Ohio farmers. An Ohio State University Extension workshop on these and other crop alternatives will be offered June 18 at OSU South Centers at Piketon. When and where “New Crop Alternatives” will be held from 6 p.m. […]

Make your cheese and eat it, too

Monday, June 8, 2009

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 […]

NASA satellite being used for crop forecasting

Monday, June 8, 2009

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 […]

Vilsack calls for carbon credits for agriculture and forestry

Saturday, June 6, 2009

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.

Looking at forest fires in a different way

Friday, June 5, 2009

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 […]

Seminar to focus on animal activism

Friday, June 5, 2009

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 […]

Crop could be grown for biofuel market

Friday, June 5, 2009

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 […]

Seed exchange moves transgenes through Mexican maize

Friday, June 5, 2009

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 […]

Pa. farmers: Join a compost co-op

Friday, June 5, 2009

On-farm composting cooperatives in five Pennsylvania counties may hold more benefits than farmers realize.

The need for speed

Thursday, June 4, 2009

(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 […]


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