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A lot to learn from cowboy poetry

Thursday, February 26, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — As best as Dean Armstrong can figure, he was at least 18 months old before he started writing. OK, maybe he wasn’t that young, but the cowboy poet has been filling up pages with his thoughts ever since he learned to spell. Anyone who writes knows words can be personal, but last […]

Troops can now transfer benefits

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — Troops nearing retirement eligibility may be able to tap into the transferability benefits provided in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, even if they’re unable to serve four more years of duty due to service policies, a senior defense official said. The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Bill that takes effect in August and will offer […]

NFU President Tom Buis moves to Growth Energy

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — National Farmers Union President Tom Buis is stepping down, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington. Growth Energy is a new group focusing on expanding ethanol production and use in the U.S. […]

Court upholds EPA ‘dust rule’ for farms

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — The National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association have expressed disappointment with the ruling by a federal court to uphold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to regulate farms for dust. The groups had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington to review EPA’s […]

Here’s what to expect for corn, soybeans in 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Corn acreage in 2009 needs to be maintained at least at the level of 2008, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “A small increase may be warranted, depending on yield and consumption expectations,” said Darrel Good. “There appears to be no need for increased soybean acreage and a small decline […]

Fungicide use in corn no guarantee

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Using fungicides to increase corn yield may only pay off if a crop already has signs of a fungal disease or is at high risk to get one, according to a Purdue University expert. Best chance Kiersten Wise, an Extension specialist in field crop diseases, said fungicides have the best chance […]

White-nose Syndrome is killing bats in West Virginia

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Laboratory in Madison, Wis., has confirmed that bats from two Pendleton County caves submitted for testing by Division of Natural Resources wildlife biologists have the condition known as White-nose Syndrome (WNS). Killed thousands This condition has killed thousands of cave bats in the Northeast, and […]

COOL will go forward as planned

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the final rule for the Country of Origin Labeling program will go into effect as scheduled March 16. He also released a letter inviting stakeholders to follow additional voluntary labeling practices. The rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 15, has been under regulatory review by […]

Turn your small farm dreams into reality

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. — Have you found your passion in agriculture, but do not know exactly what to do with your small farm? Perhaps you would like to produce and sell a favorite product, but need more information about developing an agricultural enterprise? A small, part-time agricultural business just might provide some additional income or pay […]

Hoof trimming class offered in Spanish

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BARABOO, Wis. — Dairyland Hoof Care Institute Inc. is offering a Spanish language edition of its Technical Hoof Trimming Course May 26-29. The five-day course offers students hands-on instruction in functional and therapeutic hoof trimming technique. Topics In addition, the hoof health industry’s most respected professionals discuss bovine lower leg anatomy and biomechanics, hoof disease […]

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