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Grocery bills get a little bit smaller

Monday, April 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket dropped slightly for the second consecutive quarter, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare a meal was $47.41, down about 5.5 percent or $2.80 from the fourth […]

Can you afford your farm?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — With the current economic downturn, farmers may be scrutinizing the future of their operations and a financial planning tool offered by Ohio State University Extension is available to evaluate the health of on-farm businesses. FINPACK FINPACK (Farm Financial Planning and Analysis) is a nationally known agricultural software package designed to aid in […]

Livestock insurance program available

Saturday, April 4, 2009

COLUMBUS — A new livestock insurance program that pays out when milk income, minus the feed expenses, declines below a set level, could mean the difference between business survival or bankruptcy for struggling dairy producers. The Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance product, originally developed by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation for feeder cattle and hog […]

Wayne County dairy producers honored

Friday, April 3, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Producers already reeling from falling milk prices and rising input prices are facing yet another challenge; this time in the form of groups determined to either change the way animal agriculture does business or put it out of business altogether, according to John Fitzpatrick, organization director for Ashland/Medina/Wayne County Farm Bureaus. Ohio […]

Video series shows how new Penn State dairy tool can monitor profitability

Friday, April 3, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Dairy Extension is offering a new online tool to help dairy producers better manage feed costs during the current economic downturn. Web site The Penn State Income Over Feed Costs Tool, in spreadsheet format, is available online, free of charge, at http://dairyalliance.psu.edu/resources/income-over-feed-cost-tool. Video series The Web site also features […]

Annual Pennsylvania Beef Expo held in honor of Ray and Mary Grimes

Friday, April 3, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The 20th Annual Pennsylvania Beef Expo held March 26-29 was a success. There were many excellent animals on display during the Junior shows. Many 4-H and FFA members learned new things about the beef industry by participating in the Beef Skill-A-Thon and Quiz Bowl competitions. New records The 36th annual Performance […]

Penn State places first overall in contest with five of the top 10 teams

Friday, April 3, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State students placed first overall in the 2009 Northeast Affiliate of the American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Animal Science at its annual contest in February, marking a repeat of their strong performance in the 2008 contest. Four other Penn State teams placed in the top 10 overall […]

Farming intentions: Crop acreage will be smaller than expected in ’09

Friday, April 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — Corn acreage in the United States is down and soybean acreage is up for 2009, according to the USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report. But the shift is not as great as the markets expected. Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist, said that high fertilizer prices, high input costs for corn, and poor […]

Egg production up this year from February 2008

Thursday, April 2, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Egg production in Ohio during February 2009 totaled 551 million eggs; down 13 percent from last month but up 1 percent compared with a year earlier when production for February 2008 totaled 545 million eggs, according to James E. Ramey, director, USDA/NASS, Ohio Field Office. February 2009 During February there were 27.3 […]

OSU’s international presence honored

Thursday, April 2, 2009

COLUMBUS — One of the oldest international offices at Ohio State University, which was honored as International Organization of the Year by the Columbus Council on World Affairs, tackles some of today’s most pressing global issues. Since 1955, the Office of International Programs in Agriculture within the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has […]

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