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COOL will go forward as planned

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the final rule for the Country of Origin Labeling program will go into effect as scheduled March 16. He also released a letter inviting stakeholders to follow additional voluntary labeling practices. The rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 15, has been under regulatory review by […]

Turn your small farm dreams into reality

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. — Have you found your passion in agriculture, but do not know exactly what to do with your small farm? Perhaps you would like to produce and sell a favorite product, but need more information about developing an agricultural enterprise? A small, part-time agricultural business just might provide some additional income or pay […]

Hoof trimming class offered in Spanish

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BARABOO, Wis. — Dairyland Hoof Care Institute Inc. is offering a Spanish language edition of its Technical Hoof Trimming Course May 26-29. The five-day course offers students hands-on instruction in functional and therapeutic hoof trimming technique. Topics In addition, the hoof health industry’s most respected professionals discuss bovine lower leg anatomy and biomechanics, hoof disease […]

Repair or replace: Questions for vehicle owners

Monday, February 23, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. — With the downswing in the economy and the country in a recession, many motorists have delayed the purchase of a newer vehicle. But as existing vehicles continue to age, major components can begin to fail and leave motorists facing a tough decision — invest in costly repairs to an older vehicle or […]

Swine school features all day small farm session

Monday, February 23, 2009

Feb. 25, 2009: Please note this important CHANGE OF DATE for the Cornell Small Farm Swine School. Due to an unexpected conflict, it is now taking place on SATURDAY, MARCH 28th, 2009. The total program remains the same. If you have already registered for the previous date and can no longer attend, please contact Terry […]

Penn State Extension recognized with state award

Monday, February 23, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Cooperative Extension was recognized with the state’s “Keeping Pennsylvania Growing” award at the recent 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The Extension was one of five award recipients, which included Hanover Shoe Farms, H & J Weinberg Food Bank, the Swain School and Rice Fruit Company. Agriculture industry Pennsylvania […]

Mechanical thinning increases fruit size, reduces labor for producers

Monday, February 23, 2009

BIGLERVILLE, Pa. — Hand thinning is a necessary but costly management practice in peach and organic apple production. Mechanical devices designed to help with thinning have been developed, but none has proven highly effective and capable of completely replacing hand thinning. J.R. Schupp and a team of researchers from the Department of Horticulture at Pennsylvania […]

Meeting for Ohio farmers’ market network set

Monday, February 23, 2009

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — The annual meeting for the Farmers’ Market Management Network will be held at 10 a.m. March 9 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. There is no charge and the meeting is open to all Ohio farmers’ market managers and vendors. Agenda The agenda for the […]

Free webinars explain online tool for dairy feed cost control

Monday, February 23, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Dairy Alliance is offering a free online series to help dairy producers better manage feed costs during the current economic downturn. Virginia Ishler, nutrient management specialist with Penn State Dairy Alliance, and members of the Penn State Dairy Extension Risk Management Team have created an free online Income Over […]

NE Ohio course looks at options for beginning farmers

Monday, February 23, 2009

PENINSULA, Ohio — The Countryside Conservancy is offering a four-session course for beginning or hopeful farmers this spring.

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