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Financial management practices and strategy options for farm operators

Friday, February 6, 2009

By WILLIAM EDWARDS AMES, Iowa — After several years of high grain prices and generous margins, crop producers are facing a 2009 that looks less than rosy. Higher inputs costs and selling prices well below the peaks of 2008 will result in fewer dollars left over to pay landlords and put into savings. Livestock producers […]

Food inventory in Holmes County will connect growers and consumers

Friday, February 6, 2009

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — A food-for-the-table inventory meeting was co-sponsored by OSU Extension and Ken Miller’s County Line Museum Jan. 17. Ellen Mee from the Ohio Environmental Council answered questions during the listening and feedback session. Participants included more than 20 local food producers and consumers from the area. Topics of discussion Topics of discussion included […]

Farmers fault Congress and stimulus for failure to confront dairy crisis

Friday, February 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Dairy Subcommittee of the National Family Farm Coalition hosted a press teleconference outlining the dire crisis in the dairy industry due to an unprecedented $5 drop in raw milk prices for February. Worst in decades Farmers from across the country testified these were the worst conditions seen in decades while Food and […]

Consumers may no longer be paying attention to peanut product recall

Friday, February 6, 2009

COLUMBUS — Despite continual updates of products involved in the widespread peanut product recall, consumers may no longer be paying attention, according to a food safety expert at Ohio State University. And of those who are, a substantial portion may ignore the warnings. Neal Hooker is a food safety policy researcher with the Ohio Agricultural […]

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.

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