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Watch love grow

Friday, February 6, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Anyone can give chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but now there’s a vegetable that allows you to declare your undying devotion. The I Love You Bean is rather self-explanatory — it’s a lima bean with the words I Love You etched onto the bean. As it sprouts, the words of affection appear. It’s […]

Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association honors award winners at annual conference

Friday, February 6, 2009

ELYSBURG, Pa. — More than 250 auctioneers, apprentices, support personnel, vendors and guests attended and participated in the 61st annual conference and trade show of the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Jan. 14-17 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey. Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association President Daniel A. Trace of Meadville, Crawford County, described the four-day event as an “excellent conference of […]

Made it to Christmas! A plebe’s life

Thursday, February 5, 2009

(Editor’s note: Weston Boose, a 4-H’er from rural Norwalk, Ohio, and son of Terry and Mary Lisa Boose, is starting college life at the U.S. Military Academy. This is the third in an occasional series by contributing writer Judy Kocab on Boose’s first year in the academy, where the battlecry of “Duty. Honor. Country.” still […]

China hogs all the pork imports

Thursday, February 5, 2009

DENVER — China’s overseas purchases and imports of pork and pork products in calendar year 2008 were unprecedented for any single country in history, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation calculations from just-released Chinese trade data. Import numbers Based on import totals from China and Hong Kong, the country imported 4.2 billion pounds of pork […]

Keep switchgrass in mind for biomass uses

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Camelina isn’t the only alternative biomass crop that makes sense in this area. Ernst Conservation Seeds, based in Meadville, Pa., is pursuing development of markets for warm season grasses that can be used as biomass, with special emphasis on varieties that can work in this region, according to the Dan Arnett, […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 5, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

ALBANY, Ohio — Members of the Alexander FFA chapter participated in a CPR course Jan. 13-20. The course was taught by members of the school health team. At the end of the course, all members who participated were certified in CPR and are able to use an AED and the Heimlich maneuver.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 5, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WARREN, Ohio — The Trumbull County 4-H Dairy Judging Club held its monthly meeting Jan. 25 at the Trumbull County Ag Center. Club advisers are Richard Owen, Bill Smith and Dave and Becky Lynn. There are 15 club members. The following officers were elected: Brock Elsea of Vernon, president; Nick Aberegg-Smith of Kinsman, vice president; […]

Vet check: A look at the shortage of food animal vets

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Recovering from a flurry of phone calls and swamped workdays — problem calvings, twisted stomachs, downed cows — Jason Marteney sees today as a welcomed break. Just a few stops on his schedule, a few scrubs of his boots and candid chats with farmers, and he’ll be home free. The young veterinarian, […]

A whole new ballgame for cattle prices

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

World economic conditions are now the dominant driving force for cattle prices, according to a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “In the old days, cattle and beef prices were primarily correlated with beef supplies because demand tended to stay fairly constant,” said Chris Hurt. “Well, the ‘good old days’ are over as demand is in […]

Camelina crop may save the day for northwest Pa. farmers, landowners

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — A rather low-budget, low-input crop may be a boon to northwest Pennsylvania farmers. Camelina sativa, an oilseed from the Brassica family, is a valuable crop for biofuel production. Already in production in Crawford County, with a demanding market in place nearby, camelina is poised to be a real moneymaker. Spread the […]

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