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New video series offers advice for new farmers

Saturday, March 21, 2009

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University is launching an innovative, online video series that will help agricultural entrepreneurs successfully launch new farms in New York state. The video series, “Voices of Experience,” covers essential topics such as financing farm start-up, marketing, profitability, and goal setting. The ‘voices of experience’ in the series are actual farmers who […]

Sheep producer finds a high heritability for resistance to parasites in the breed

Saturday, March 21, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — In Wooster, a producer of Katahdin sheep is working with producers from two other states on the heritability of parasite resistance. The group is investigating methods of identifying ewes with a reduced periparturient rise.

Facts about the soybean checkoff

Friday, March 20, 2009

Editor: I’m writing today in regard to a recent Alan Guebert column regarding the soybean checkoff. As a long-time volunteer farmer involved with the soybean checkoff I want to provide some actual facts about the checkoff. Mr. Guebert said chekoffs are mandatory. Not quite true. Every five years soybean farmers have the opportunity to request […]

Fleet named FFA acting chief operating officer

Friday, March 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS –The National FFA Organization announced Bill Fleet of Lititz, Pa., will become acting chief operating officer effective April 1. Fleet retired in 2006 as vice president, North America sales, for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Johnston, Iowa. Prior to joining Pioneer in 1982, Fleet taught agricultural education for four years at the high school level […]

Ashland County Dairy Service meets

Friday, March 20, 2009

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Ashland County Dairy Service Unit met for its 65th annual meeting March 14 at Hillsdale High School.

The evening began with a welcome by Unit Director Ryan Welch who introduced Ashland County Farm Bureau Organizational Director John Fitzpatrick.

Flooded land eligible for easements

Friday, March 20, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Time is running short for landowners to sign up for a new USDA program that will offer them up to $30 million in easement payments. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the most recent economic stimulus package — will pay landowners who […]

Auction Roundup — Furniture, appliances are hot sellers at household auctions

Thursday, March 19, 2009

- Basinger Auction Service Ltd. of North Lima, Ohio, held a household auction March 9 in Greenford, Ohio. Following two days of record rainfall, the auction was held on a dry pleasant day with 128 registered bidders and a crowd of more than 200 attending. The top-selling item was a Kubota 4 WD diesel tractor […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 19, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

WELLINGTON, Ohio — Wellington FFA president Lauren Fehlan placed first in the district extemporaneous public speaking contest and will be advancing to the state competition March 21. She will be competing against 19 other participants at the state contest. * * * WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA traveled to the Agricultural Technical Institute, […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 19, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

LORAIN, Ohio — The Pitchfork Pals 4-H club met March 8 to discuss fair ideas and hear demonstrations from members. Giving demos were Sean Ortner (Legos), Keith Grobe (meat rabbits) and Travis Clark (electricity). A Clover bud, Ryan Ortner, spoke about his NASCAR collection. The club is still collecting pop tabs and used cell phones. […]

No surprises: Congress hears ag groups argue NAIS implementation

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Dissent and disagreement within the agricultural community about the future of the national animal identification program came through loud and clear during Congressional hearings last week. Animal identification, lauded by some farm groups as absolutely necessary to protect the food supply and criticized by others as a flawed program that will threaten farmers’ […]

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