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Make your own cheese at workshop

Friday, February 27, 2009

JEFFERSON, Ohio — Enhance your dairy operation with a farmstead cheese business with the aid of an Ohio State University Extension cheese-making workshop. The workshop will be held April 16-18 at the OSU Extension office in Ashtabula County, 39 Wall St., Jefferson. The course will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an optional […]

Ice cutting a tradition for Amish

Friday, February 27, 2009

HOWARD, Ohio — They say it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good. This cold January has certainly helped the fuel dealers, and it has put a thick layer of ice on farm ponds.

Monsanto hopes to simplify selection of branded traits

Thursday, February 26, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Monsanto is hoping to simplify trait selection for farmers with the launch of Genuity, which will differentiate the company’s technology products under one platform. Ernesto Fajardo, a Monsanto vice president, said the company’s next generation, value-added trait technologies will be marketed as Genuity beginning in 2010. He said the Genuity family of […]

U.S. needs to produce, not just consume

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Editor: More credit is not the answer to America’s economic problem. Consuming beyond our means is what created our dilemma. Thirty years ago, I worked part-time in a foundry in a non-union Columbiana County for $8.50 hour plus production bonus. Despite three decades of inflation, people are still working at all sorts of jobs for […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 26, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

BERGHOLZ, Ohio — The Barshoe Wranglers 4-H club met Feb. 18. Officers were sworn in, including recreation officer Ian Porter. The club welcomed new member Dylan Hughes. C.J. Glenn, Nickolas Glenn, Logan Glenn and Ian Porter gave demonstrations. Club members plan to participate in 4-H Iron Chef and do window decorating at Celebrations in Steubenville, […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 26, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — Indian Valley FFA is holding its annual strawberry sales. Prices are roughly $1.50 per pound. Strawberries may be purchased by the half flat for $12 (6 pints) or a full flat for $20 (12 pints). There are approximately 12-14 pounds of strawberries per flat.   Indian Valley FFA students will be earning […]

A lot to learn from cowboy poetry

Thursday, February 26, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — As best as Dean Armstrong can figure, he was at least 18 months old before he started writing. OK, maybe he wasn’t that young, but the cowboy poet has been filling up pages with his thoughts ever since he learned to spell. Anyone who writes knows words can be personal, but last […]

Troops can now transfer benefits

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — Troops nearing retirement eligibility may be able to tap into the transferability benefits provided in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, even if they’re unable to serve four more years of duty due to service policies, a senior defense official said. The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Bill that takes effect in August and will offer […]

NFU President Tom Buis moves to Growth Energy

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — National Farmers Union President Tom Buis is stepping down, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington. Growth Energy is a new group focusing on expanding ethanol production and use in the U.S. […]

Court upholds EPA ‘dust rule’ for farms

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — The National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association have expressed disappointment with the ruling by a federal court to uphold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to regulate farms for dust. The groups had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington to review EPA’s […]


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