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A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 19, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

LORAIN, Ohio — The Pitchfork Pals 4-H club met March 8 to discuss fair ideas and hear demonstrations from members. Giving demos were Sean Ortner (Legos), Keith Grobe (meat rabbits) and Travis Clark (electricity). A Clover bud, Ryan Ortner, spoke about his NASCAR collection. The club is still collecting pop tabs and used cell phones. […]

No surprises: Congress hears ag groups argue NAIS implementation

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Dissent and disagreement within the agricultural community about the future of the national animal identification program came through loud and clear during Congressional hearings last week. Animal identification, lauded by some farm groups as absolutely necessary to protect the food supply and criticized by others as a flawed program that will threaten farmers’ […]

Five ag issues that are hot on the Hill

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

U.S. Rep. Zach Space WASHINGTON — On their trip to Washington D.C. March 9-11, the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents discovered there are some key issues buzzing around the city. Here are the top five farm-related conversations on Capitol Hill:

Commodity beef hit harder by economic downturn, quality shines in tough times

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Amid news of decreased consumer spending and falling stock prices, the beef industry has its bright spots. Market analyst Dillon Feuz said overall protein purchasing patterns point out a dedication to beef. “So far the data has not shown that consumers have really cut back on beef consumption,” he said. “They’ve just altered […]

Workshop to explore bioenergy opportunities in southern Ohio

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

PIKETON, Ohio — With nearly 70 percent of southern Ohio’s land cover invested in farmland and forests, there are opportunities abound to convert those resources into bioenergy products and an Ohio State University workshop will explore the feasibility of producing and processing bioenergy crops. Maurus Brown, an OSU South Centers Extension specialist, hopes these bioenergy […]

Polchin family honored at Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WILLIAMSFIELD, Ohio — The Polchin family of Cherry Valley, recognized by the Ashtabula County Dairy Service Unit as the Farm Family of the Year, represents both the past and the future of farming in the U.S. John and Ruth Polchin and their son and partner Tony, 44, accepted the Dick Johnson Award plaque at the […]

What’s [still] driving food and commodity prices?

Monday, March 16, 2009

What sent commodity prices up is now bringing them down: trends in global production and consumption, the value of the dollar and biofuels.

Animal ID and animal welfare: Strange bedfellows

Monday, March 16, 2009

Editor: We are opposed to a mandatory National Animal Identification System, NAIS, because it will be financially devastating to the small farmer and rancher. Such a mandatory system will also further erode the rights of the small farmer/rancher guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It is because of these concerns that we are continuing to monitor […]

Mapleton FFA annual awards presented

Monday, March 16, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — More than 320 members and guests were present for the 2008-2009 Mapleton FFA Annual Awards Ceremony held at the AU Convocation Center Banquet Hall March 11. The dinner began at 6:30 p.m. following opening ceremonies, the welcome by President Jonni Rohr and invocation by Ross Patton. The successful chapter was lead by […]

Where should I direct my anger?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Editor: Forgive me if I sound angry — but as I read your article, “Farmers face uphill climb in D.C.,” I have a hard time figuring out where to direct my anger. Let’s start by directing some at the political hacks at the EPA who have decided that they need to now expand their control […]

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