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Prisons are overcrowded, not efficient

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Editor, I am a Farm and Dairy subscriber and an inmate in federal prison. There was an article in your Jan. 22 issue titled “Millions behind bars at end of 2007.” One of the most telling statistics in that story read, “federal prisons operated at 136 percent capacity.” That may sound efficient but a more […]

Pa. Association for Sustainable Agriculture partners with Food Alliance to create “sustainable ag certification”

Monday, February 16, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — At the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture‘s 18th annual Farming for the Future Conference, executive director Brian Snyder announced a partnership with Food Alliance for sustainable agriculture certification. Food Alliance executive director Scott Exo pointed out that in today’s markets the stakes are higher for social responsibility and environment management. He […]

Ohio Pork Producers Council recognize award winners

Monday, February 16, 2009

COLUMBUS — Williams County Pork Producers received the Pork Promoter of the Year Award from the Ohio Pork Producers Council for their promotional efforts during 2008. The award was presented at the Ohio Pork Congress and recognizes an individual, family, organization or company who excels in promoting the pork industry on a local, regional or […]

Study shows 12 percent growth in Michigan’s agri-food industry

Monday, February 16, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A new report from Michigan State University found there is at least one bright spot in Michigan’s battered economy — the food and agriculture business. According to the report from Michigan State University’s Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan’s second-largest industry experienced a 12 percent growth in 2007, the […]

Deere adjusts Davenport layoff total

Monday, February 16, 2009

MOLINE, Ill. — Deere & Company announced an adjustment to the number of employees who will go on indefinite layoff later this month at the John Deere Davenport Works. Deere said it was adjusting the total employees impacted by this layoff to 200. Last month, Deere said 190 employees would be affected. Indefinite layoff The […]

Only a farmer’s love …

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mahoning County farmer Ed Schaefer Jr. decided to skip the flowers, chocolates and mushy card for his wife, Jen, and made a more public statement last weekend for Valentine’s Day. “There’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a load of manure, is there?” he joked. Schaefer spread his love — and […]

New drilling fees proposal now available for public review

Friday, February 13, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The public can review and comment on a proposal that will better enable the Department of Environmental Protection to cover the increased costs and staffing needs for overseeing Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry. The Department of Environmental Protection hopes to replace the $100 flat fee for drilling permits with a sliding scale […]

Beef demand study reveals importance of product convenience, nutrition, safety

Friday, February 13, 2009

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A comprehensive study conducted by agricultural economists at Kansas State University and Michigan State University revealed areas in which the beef industry can concentrate its efforts to strengthen beef demand, despite a sagging global and U.S. economy. Important factors The study showed nutrition, safety and convenience remain important factors when it comes […]

Ohio’s first lady and Department of Aging honor long-married volunteers

Friday, February 13, 2009

COLUMBUS — First Lady Frances Strickland and the Ohio Department of Aging honored couples for their dedication to marriage and volunteerism at the 10th annual Joined Hearts in Giving celebration, held in observance of Valentine’s Day at the governor’s residence in Columbus. Commitment Joined Hearts in Giving honors Ohioans at least 60 years old who […]

Researcher details role of apples in inhibiting breast cancer

Friday, February 13, 2009

ITHACA, N.Y. — Six studies published in the past year by a Cornell researcher add to growing evidence that an apple a day — as well as daily helpings of other fruits and vegetables — can help keep the breast cancer doctor away. Fresh apple extracts In one of his recent papers, published in the […]

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