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New bill promotes biogas production through tax credits

Friday, January 23, 2009

WASHINGTON — Billions of gallons of fossil fuels could be reduced through renewable energy sources produced from animal waste with a little ingenuity and modest government support. A group of seven bipartisan U.S. senators, including Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, have introduced groundbreaking legislation that promotes the development of biogas — a natural gas substitute […]

Top Angus brings $75,000 at Denver sale

Friday, January 23, 2009

Angus enthusiasts consigned 27 lots to the 2009 National Western Angus bull sale Jan. 15 in Denver, Colo. The annual sale, which is the only sale managed by the American Angus Association, averaged $9,159. A panel of five judges including Rick Blanchard, Firebaugh, Calif.; Scott Bush, Britton, S.D.; John Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio; Mike McGuire, Waverly, […]

Try frost seeding to renovate pastures

Friday, January 23, 2009

Frost seeding is viewed as a low-cost method for livestock producers looking to renovate pastures while increasing yields and improving quality with little commercial nitrogen. Frost seeding involves broadcasting a grass or legume seed over a pasture and letting the natural freeze/thaw cycles of late winter and early spring move the seed into good contact […]

Tips on talking to creditors when you can’t pay your bills

Friday, January 23, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Don’t wait for your creditors to call you about unpaid bills. Instead contact them to explain your situation, said University of Illinois Extension consumer and family economics educator Lois Smith. “Rather than begin expensive collection procedures, most creditors would prefer to receive smaller payments on a regular basis,” Smith said. She noted […]

You better know your production costs for 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

By MIKE DUFFY Estimating costs of crop production for 2009 will be extremely difficult. Some farmers have received forwarding pricing, some set a quantity only and still others will use the spot market. The price consequences of these decisions are substantial. Foreign competition for material, the current U.S. financial crises, the energy price situation and […]

Electricity generation, sales set records

Thursday, January 22, 2009

WASHINGTON — Electricity generation and electricity sales reached record levels in 2007, according to Electric Power Annual 2007, released by the Energy Information Administration. Following a year of relatively weak growth in 2006, net generation of electric power increased by 2.3 percent, rising to 4,157 million megawatthours and retail sales rose by 2.6 percent to […]

Department of Agriculture to hold farmland preservation meetings

Thursday, January 22, 2009

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture will explore opportunities for farmland owners to preserve farmland through the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program during scheduled meetings. Meetings will feature a presentation by the department’s farmland preservation staff as well as testimony from landowners who have participated in the program. Meeting attendees will also […]

West Virginia hunters harvest record 2,064 black bears

Thursday, January 22, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia hunters harvested a record 2,064 black bears during the combined 2008 archery and firearms seasons, according to Chris Ryan, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined seasons in 2008 was 14 percent higher than the previous record of […]

Scientist does not recommend feeding DDGS to horses

Thursday, January 22, 2009

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Distiller’s grains have become a staple in some bovine diets, but a Kansas State University researcher is not recommending they be used in horse rations. “People have asked if they can feed dried or wet distiller’s grains with soluble (DDGS) to their horses,” said Teresa Slough, equine nutrition specialist with K-State Research […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Jan. 22, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

ROGERS, Ohio — The Country Friends 4-H club met Jan. 5 at the Rogers Sale Restaurant. Old business discussed included the Christmas party, where time was spent making Christmas cards for the residents at Parkside Nursing Home and enjoying a pizza party. Ashton and Vaughn Unger provided Christmas cookies. Members attended the musical worship service […]

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