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Northwestern FFA celebrates year

Friday, April 24, 2009

WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter celebrated a successful year during its annual awards banquet April 4. This year, the chapter consisted of 104 active members who were recognized for their hard work and dedication put forth throughout the year. State Degree The State Degree is awarded to the top of the membership […]

Stipend available to Pennsylvania FFA members

Friday, April 24, 2009

COLUMBIA, Pa. –The Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association will offer a stipend for qualified FFA students to attend the National Young Farmer Educational Association Institute in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 10-12. The association will pay expenses for up to three FFA members to attend and participate in the institute, which has a strong young adult educational component. […]

USDA to conduct first wide-scale survey of organic agriculture

Friday, April 24, 2009

WASHINGTON — This spring, USDA will conduct the first-ever, wide-scale survey of organic farming in the U.S., according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, to find out how the growth of organic farming is changing the face of U.S. agriculture. “The Organic Production Survey is a direct response to the growing interest in organics among consumers, […]

Study: Price gap threatens Chicago Board of Trade’s wheat futures market

Friday, April 24, 2009

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A commodity market that has long helped wheat growers and processors manage price risks could lose its relevance unless the Chicago Board of Trade bridges a wide gap between futures and cash prices, a new University of Illinois study warns. University of Illinois economists say outdated grain delivery locations in Chicago Board […]

Extension to offer free green energy seminar May 7

Friday, April 24, 2009

MILFORD, Ohio — Ohio State University Extension in Clermont County will host a free green energy seminar from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7 at the Melink Corporation, 5140 River Valley Road, Milford, for agricultural producers and business owners interested in incorporating green energy technologies. Melink Corporation The Melink Corporation is part of the industrial community in […]

Trustees approve construction for new biosafety level 3 facility

Friday, April 24, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — The Ohio State University board of trustees has approved construction of a new biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) facility on the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Enhance research programs The research arm of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the center will use the secure […]

Cattle industry can monitor and manage genetic abnormalities

Friday, April 24, 2009

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Historically, in addition to recording pedigree and performance information and providing genetic predictions, the performance programs at cattle breed associations have monitored and managed genetic abnormalities. Recently emerged While there has been relatively little news on that subject for the last decade, several defects recently have emerged. Some are in popular lines […]

Checkoff targets mommy bloggers

Friday, April 24, 2009

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The checkoff has been building and implementing a comprehensive marketing effort to help build demand for beef among retailers, foodservice operators, reporters and consumers despite current economic conditions. This plan not only addresses the current economy, but also the resurgence of in-home cooking and somewhat weaker overall sales of cuts from the […]

Project aligns with green rebuilding efforts in tornado-damaged community

Friday, April 24, 2009

GREENSBURG, Kan. — Cleaner, greener energy could soon help power Greensburg, Kan., a community recently leveled by a massive tornado. Greensburg Wind Farm The City of Greensburg, Kansas Power Pool and John Deere Renewables will develop the Greensburg Wind Farm. The Greensburg Wind Farm will consist of 10 1.25 MW wind turbines and will align […]

American lamb industry supports the continuation of the lamb checkoff

Friday, April 24, 2009

DENVER, Colo. — The Secretary of Agriculture announced the continuation of the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order administered by the American Lamb Board. The majority of lamb producers, feeders, seedstock producers, first handlers and exporters participating in a national referendum from Feb. 2-27 voted in favor to continue the order. Approved by majority For […]

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