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Members approve ag policy positions at 2009 National Farmers Convention

Monday, January 19, 2009

CORALVILLE, Iowa — National Farmers Organization members announced several ag policy positions at its annual farm business convention in Coralville, Iowa. A proposal to help America’s hungry, and stimulate the farm economy, calls for funds originally earmarked for payments to millionaire farms, be used instead for the purchase of grain, meat and dairy products to […]

New glossary and thesaurus of agriculture available online

Monday, January 19, 2009

WASHINGTON — Fans of the movie Babe will recall “Hoggett” was the last name of film’s genial farmer. Farm-savvy filmgoers may recognize “hogget” — a slightly different spelling — as a word for lambs from weaning age to their first shearing. Now “hogget” joins the legion of words like “quarg” (a soft, unripened fresh cheese) […]

Ohio farmers could get low-interest loan

Monday, January 19, 2009

Last year, 1,600 Ohio farmers received reduced-rate Ag-Link loans.

Lots of new faces on ag committee

Monday, January 19, 2009

WASHINGTON — The new House Committee on Agriculture will sport many returning representatives, but at least on the Democrat lineup, 11 are freshman legislators. Committee chair Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota, announced the House agriculture committee members for the 111th Congress last week. On the Democrat side, members include 11 freshmen and 17 returning members. The […]

2009 Ohio Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Herbert Bambeck and Dennis Eberhart were inducted into the Ohio Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame during the OAA Winter Convention held in Dublin, OH.

Researchers derive accurate estimates for the cost of foodborne illness

Saturday, January 17, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University researchers have derived new, more accurate estimates for the cost of foodborne illness in Ohio. To do so, they developed a method for more comprehensively measuring the social cost of foodborne illness that could become the standard model used nationwide. New model Using the new model, the best estimate of […]

American Farm Bureau: Farmers need policies that promote economic growth

Thursday, January 15, 2009

SAN ANTONIO — As the new Congress and the Obama administration prepare to take up proposals to address the current economic recession and climate change concerns, they must enact policies on taxes and the environment that promote economic growth, said delegates at the 90th American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. Climate change As Congress is […]

Nations that sow food crops for biofuels may reap less than thought

Thursday, January 15, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — Global yields of most biofuels crops, including corn, rapeseed and wheat, have been overestimated by 100 to 150 percent or more, suggesting many countries need to reset their expectations of agricultural biofuels to a more realistic level. That’s according to a study, led by Matt Johnston and Tracey Holloway of the University […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Jan. 15, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

CRESTON, Ohio — On Dec. 22, the Norwayne FFA traveled to snow trails in Mansfield for a day of snow tubing. Many members attended the activity. * * * WEST SALEM — The Northwestern-Wayne FFA Parliamentary Procedure team traveled to Columbus for the State Competition Dec. 20. The team performed the best they ever had, but […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Jan. 15, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Carroll County Farmers ‘N Charmers 4-H club held its first organizational meeting Dec. 10 at the Augusta Lodge Hall. An election of officers was held, constitution/by-laws were drafted and a club name was voted on. The educational program consisted of discussing the new 2009 Family Guide Booklets and the various projects […]

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