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Deer season, not dog season

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Editor: Lyle, our 2-1/2 year old black Lab, was shot and killed by a deer hunter on our farm the second day of gun season, Dec. 2, between 5-5:10 p.m. when all hunting should have ceased because it was after sunset. Lyle’s friendly and inquisitive nature made him a much loved member of our family. […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 18, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA Parliamentary Procedure team competed in the Sub-District and District contests in November. Members of the team include President Linsey Howell, Vice President Tyler Schonauer, Secretary Cynthia Bunch, Reporter Kiersten Sigler, Sentinel Brant Duncan, Treasurer Tori Carpenter, Student Advisor Garrett O’Donnell and members Paul Skolmutch, Casey Schlauch and Derek Reutter. […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Dec. 18, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ASHTABULA, Ohio — Ashtabula County 4-H volunteers and 4-H members attended Steer and Dairy Steer Tagging Dec. 6 at the fairgrounds. Many Market Animal Club advisors helped make this event possible for the youth and their animals. In attendance were weigh masters, taggers, picture takers and volunteers passing out forms to make the morning run […]

Free online course teaches Johne’s disease prevention

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A new online course will help farmers learn how to prevent Johne’s disease, a slow and progressive bacterial disease of the intestinal tract that affects ruminants.

New vaccine for Johne’s disease

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Researchers are making progress in the fight against Johne’s disease. Scientists at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently developed a vaccine that prevents this contagious and often fatal bacterial infection.

Online courses for beginning farmers available in 2009

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

ITHACA, N.Y. — The NY Beginning Farmer Project will hold the next round of online courses designed to help plan new farm enterprises. First course The first course, Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Resources and Choosing an Enterprise, starts Feb. 18 and lasts five weeks. Second course The second course, Marketing and Profits: Making Money Selling […]

Planning workbook available

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio State University’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Program has released its Organic Whole Farm Planning Workbook. Companion volume The new book serves as a companion volume to the program’s A Transition Guide to Certified Organic Crop Management, which came out earlier this year. The workbook further supports the transition […]

Unpasteurized milk poses serious health risks without benefits

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

COLUMBUS — With disease outbreaks linked to unpasteurized milk rising in the U.S., a review published in the Jan. 1, 2009 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases examines the dangers of drinking raw milk. Health hazard Milk and dairy products are cornerstones of a healthy diet. However, if those products are consumed unpasteurized, they can present […]

DFA and two former execs hit with $12 million penalty

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America, its former chief executive officer, Gary Hanman, and its former chief financial officer Gerald Bos will pay a $12 million civil monetary penalty for attempting to manipulate the Class III milk futures contract and exceeding speculative position limits in that contract. The settlement was announced Dec. 16 by the […]

Ohio agriculture state of the state: A view from the farm

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Looking back over the past year brings one phrase to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s according to Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, who shared an overview of the past year in agriculture during a seminar at the Ohio Farm Bureau […]

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