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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 […]

Stan Hywet Hall holds historic home workshops

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

AKRON — Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is offering a series of five workshops designed to educate and engage the historic building enthusiast. Historic house workshops are designed for professionals as well as owners of historic homes. The series meets from 10 a.m. to noon every other Saturday beginning Feb. 21. Each workshop includes a […]

Ohio Maple Days: There’s so much to say about syrup

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

KIDRON, Ohio — As technology improves, our production practices tend to change. Whether you’re milking cows or growing apples, it’s natural to check out the latest trends and newest equipment. But cutting-edge innovations often come with a big price tag, so how can you be sure those new ideas are worth a hefty initial investment?

Bison sale attracts 107 entries

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DENVER — The National Bison Association’s Gold Trophy show and sale attracted 107 animals Jan. 24 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. In addition to the live animals, meat was sold from 18 market class animals. The grand champion male, a 2-year-old bull exhibited by Noland Miller, Silver Creek Bison, Binscarth, Manitoba, […]

Schmack BioEnergy acquires company

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Schmack BioEnergy, a Cleveland-based waste management and renewable energy company, has acquired Biogas Technologies Unlimited, LLC, a biogas upgrade technology company. New division To head-up this new division, Schmack has hired Alan Johnson to focus on integrating Biogas Technologies Unlimited into the biogas marketplace. Johnson has more than 30 years of manufacturing […]

OSU/Wilmington College join hands for small farm conference in March

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WILMINGTON, Ohio — The Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program will hold “Opening Doors to Success” Small Farm Conference and Trade Show from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 at Wilmington College, Wilmington. This intensive conference will give participants the opportunity to choose from more than 40 different seminars taught by Extension professionals […]

New farm odor management regulations to take effect Feb. 27

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — New regulations to manage odors from newly constructed animal barns and certain other agricultural operations will help minimize the potential for conflicts between neighbors, according to Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff. “With increasing development and urban sprawl, Pennsylvanians are moving closer and closer to their farming neighbors,” said Wolff. “These new regulations are […]

Grazing conference inspires hope

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DALTON, Ohio — It didn’t matter that the winter roads were terrible, or that the outlook for milk prices is even worse — the atmosphere at the North Central Ohio Dairy Grazing Conference, Jan. 29-30, was positive, even revival-like.

No-till pioneers from two continents highlight tillage conference

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Nearly 150 farmers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York interested in no-till farming gathered to share their knowledge and pick up some new tips at the 12th annual Tri-State No-Till Conference last week in West Middlesex. Franke Dijkstra, a pioneer of no-till farming in Brazil, and Steve Groff, billed as Pennsylvania’s […]

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