President-elect Barack Obama selected former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as his choice for the next U.S. secretary of agriculture.
COLUMBUS — In 2008, Ohioans continued to support local food systems, with the number reporting “frequently” purchasing locally grown or produced foods remaining steady since 2006.
URBANA, Ill. — Total planted acreage of all crops could drop substantially if crop prices remain generally low, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “Within that context, however, an increase in corn acreage may be needed,” said Darrel Good. “It appears winter wheat seedings, particularly of soft red winter wheat, have declined from […]
SALEM, Ohio — Legal action has been taken on behalf of a Lorain County farm family that says a raid on their property earlier this month violated their constitutional rights. The Buckeye Institute‘s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Dec. 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court […]
Editor: I would like to point out several inaccuracies and distortions in the recent press release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America that was reported in last week’s issue of Farm and Dairy. To support its claim that unpasteurized milk “poses serious health risks without benefits,” the Infectious Diseases Society reported the average rate […]
It’s not to late to make changes for tax purposes. This year farmers have more alternatives to consider with respect to cost recovery or depreciation on assets that they placed in service during 2008.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Officials from East Kentucky Power Cooperative and the University of Kentucky demonstrated switchgrass’ feasibility as an alternative energy form as it was combined with coal to generate electricity at East Kentucky Power’s Spurlock Station, Maysville. This was believed to be the first time switchgrass was used as fuel for a power plant […]
WASHINGTON — After increasing for six consecutive years, U.S. fertilizer prices are finally beginning to fall at the wholesale level, according to a report by the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Up until very recently, fertilizer prices were astronomical at both the wholesale and retail level,” said American Farm Bureau Federation senior economist Terry Francl. “Fertilizer […]
FRANKFORT, Ky. — State and federal agriculture officials are investigating a case of contagious equine metritis in a quarter horse in central Kentucky. The 16-year-old stallion tested positive for contagious equine metritis during routine testing Dec. 10. The test was performed by the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center as a preliminary step to […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Capital Resource Conservation and Development Area Council are jointly hosting two one-day seminars in State College, Pa., and Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. Locations The Feb. 12 meeting will take place at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center, […]