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Association’s annual meeting features sustainability, data-driven decisions

Monday, March 16, 2009

BOISE, Idaho — With a theme of “Sustainability Through Data-Driven Decisions,” National Dairy Herd Information Association held its 44th annual meeting March 4-5 in Boise, Idaho. Topics Session topics included milk recording, management and analysis, animal identification systems, genomics, dairy beef quality assurance, worldwide dairy update and new economic realities. For five consecutive years, the […]

Program reaches membership goal

Monday, March 16, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cooperatives Working Together has reached its goal of signing up a supermajority of the nation’s milk supply for two years, which will enable the self-help program to focus on reducing the current devastating imbalance in milk supply and demand. According to Cooperatives Working Together officials, 67 percent of the nation’s milk supply […]

Farm to chef program sizzles in 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

TOLEDO — The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will launch the fourth year of its farm to chef program with four informational meetings throughout northwest Ohio. In 2008, over 50 farms and 100 food purveyors participated in the program. Connections This program will connect participants through a county-formatted directory sent to all participants. All […]

USDA: Downer cows must be euthanized, can’t be slaughtered

Monday, March 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA released a final rule March 14 to amend federal meat inspection regulations to require a complete ban on the slaughter of cattle that become nonambulatory after passing initial inspection.

Drink up little cria, you need antibodies

Sunday, March 15, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — While humans have the unique ability to pass immunoglobulins, also known as antibodies, through the placenta during pregnancy, many animals cannot. In particular, llamas and alpacas, whose young are called “crias,” have a different placental structure than humans and are unable to transmit antibodies from mother to fetus. Common Failure of passive […]

Pennsylvania forms food safety council to protect health, food supply

Saturday, March 14, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — To provide better oversight of Pennsylvania’s food supply from the field to the dinner table, Gov. Edward Rendell has formed the new Governor’s Food Safety Council and appointed members to the panel. The first council in the state to focus on food safety, members will advise the governor on direction for security […]

Maple syrup production manual available

Friday, March 13, 2009

COLUMBUS — As temperatures rise and the 2009 maple syrup production season draws to a close in Ohio, commercial syrup producers and hobbyists alike can start preparing for next year with Ohio State University Extension’s North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual. The manual’s second edition, released in 2007, already has sold more than 4,500 copies. […]

Maple syrup production manual available

Friday, March 13, 2009

COLUMBUS — As temperatures rise and the 2009 maple syrup production season draws to a close in Ohio, commercial syrup producers and hobbyists alike can start preparing for next year with Ohio State University Extension’s North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual. The manual’s second edition, released in 2007, already has sold more than 4,500 copies. […]

From beans to blooms: Motts Greenhouse boasts variety of flowers, veggies for gardeners

Friday, March 13, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ohio — Last week, on a 50-degree day, Josh Moore celebrated the coming of spring by carrying hundreds of flats and planters full of pansies from their shelter at Motts Greenhouse, arranging them into rows in the sunshine. It’s only March at the Motts operation just east of Louisville — there’s admittedly not much […]

Voinovich: We need to work harder, smarter to pull out of economic crisis

Thursday, March 12, 2009

U.S. Sen. George Voinovich may have announced his retirement after his term ends in 2010, but he’s not done fighting. Voinovich, who spoke to Ohio farmers in Washington March 10, outlined his opinions for pulling the country out of its economic doldrums.

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