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Modified plants may yield more biofuel

Saturday, January 10, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Plants, genetically modified to ease the breaking down of their woody material, could be the key to a cheaper and greener way of making ethanol, according to researchers who add the approach also could help turn agricultural waste into food for livestock. Lignin Lignin, a major component of woody plant material, […]

Database to help teachers introduce environmental issues to lesson plans

Friday, January 9, 2009

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources updated a searchable, online database which will make it easier for teachers to introduce students to important environmental issues. Lessons Ohio educators can select interactive, state-approved lessons from Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Project WILD and Windows on the Wild based on specific areas of study (science […]

Learn to grow giant pumpkins

Friday, January 9, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers will hold its giant pumpkin growing seminar from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Millcreek Metro Parks McMahon Hall (one mile south of Canfield, Ohio, Route 46 across from the Canfield Fairgrounds). Registration To register call Parks Garden Center at 330- 533-7278. There is no charge […]

Reader sees glimpses of Lincoln in Obama

Friday, January 9, 2009

Editor: On Jan. 20, Inauguration Day will go down as a milestone in history. We will put into office our 44th President, Barack Obama, as our first elected African-American in the 2008 electoral landslide. Can you imagine the elation Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King would have expressed had they been here to witness this […]

West Virginia Small Farm Conference to be held Feb. 24-26

Friday, January 9, 2009

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Farm Conference will be held Feb. 24-26 at the Ramada Inn, Morgantown. In its fifth year, the conference will address the challenges and opportunities all small farm families face as they strive to manage their farm energy use, grow more profitable crops and animals and better market what […]

Hog producers may see modest profits

Friday, January 9, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Hog producers may see modest profits in 2009, depending upon costs of production and other factors, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “The industry has had six consecutive quarters of losses from the final quarter of 2007 through the first quarter of 2009,” said Chris Hurt. “The return to profits sometime […]

Ohio involved in multi-state salmonella investigation

Thursday, January 8, 2009

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health is participating in a multi-state investigation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to identify the source for an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. Second in nation Ohio ranks second in the nation for number of cases with 50 identified among Ohio residents. Cases, some of […]

Extension to hold program on income opportunities

Thursday, January 8, 2009

MONACA, Pa. — Penn State Cooperative Extension will hold the program “Income Opportunities in Agriculture” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. Whatever your background, if you have ever thought about starting a small farm, participation in this workshop will allow you to seek practical information and discover […]

Livestock producers should embrace premise ID

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Why is Ohio so afraid of a premise identification program?

Support your local Humane Society

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Editor: No doubt if you watch television, this holiday season you have seen the commercial for abandoned shelter animals featuring Sarah McLaughlin on behalf of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The message is heartwrenching and compelling. Certainly, the ASPCA is a worthy cause and their efforts in the […]

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