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USDA issues final COOL rule

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA is releasing details of the final regulation for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program required by the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. The full text of the final rule will be published in the Jan. 15 Federal Register. The rule becomes effective March 16, 60 days after the date […]

Some guidance on selecting corn hybrids

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

By PETER THOMISON One of the most important management decisions a corn grower makes each year is the selection of corn hybrids for spring planting. During the past 40 to 50 years, there has been continuous improvement in the genetics of corn hybrids, which has contributed to steady increases in grain yield potential ranging from […]

Organization celebrates 30th anniversary of farmers’ protest

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Agriculture Movement completed its 30th Annual Convention in Oklahoma City where the organization celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Washington D.C. farmers’ protest for equality. Chief organizer American Agriculture Movement President Larry Matlack welcomed Gerald McCathern, the chief organizer of the grassroots action and acclaimed western novelist from Herford, Texas. […]

Alaron Corp. receives award for conservation efforts

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Alaron Conservancy has received the Conservation Business of the Year award from the Lawrence County Conservation District.

Special draft horse wins supreme champion honors

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two-year-old Belgian mare, OHF Vision’s I’m Special, proved she was indeed special by winning Supreme Champion Draft Horse at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan 10. The Champion Belgian mare was shown by Jennifer Biddle of Oak Hall Farm in Boalsburg, Pa. One of the Biddle family’s favorite horses, “I’m Special” earned […]

New forum for diagnostic discussion

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio State University’s Center for Diagnostics Assays has launched a first-of-its-kind Internet forum aimed at bringing together animal and plant disease diagnostics professionals in a single, convenient place to share the latest information on diagnostic issues and technologies. Resource DiagnosticSpeak is a valuable resource for any professional who works with diagnostics, including […]

Ethanol article misses the mark

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Editor: Your article on the ethanol blending barrier (Blending wall hinders ethanol industry growth, Jan. 8, 2009) was misleading on two counts. It is true that the federal government has established a 10 percent blending limit. However, Minnesota has passed a 20 percent blending rule and is applying for a federal waiver. The article also […]

American Farm Bureau holds meeting

Monday, January 12, 2009

SAN ANTONIO — The phrase “Forward Farm Bureau,” uttered by Ohioan Oscar Bradfute while serving as American Farm Bureau Federation’s second president in the 1920s, was a rallying cry heard across the land as the bureau struggled against the headwinds of a farm depression and later the Great Depression. Bradfute’s phrase was echoed numerous times […]

Indiana inventor receives top farmer idea award at annual meeting

Monday, January 12, 2009

SAN ANTONIO — Daniel Prough of LaGrange, Ind., earned the grand prize in the Farmer Idea Exchange competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 90th annual meeting. Prough won a year’s use of a New Holland TV-145 bidirectional tractor. New Holland has provided a year’s free use of a tractor to the grand prize winner […]

Professional Pork Producers Symposium to be held at 2009 Ohio Pork Congress

Monday, January 12, 2009

COLUMBUS — The annual Professional Pork Producers Symposium will be held during the 2009 Ohio Pork Congress Feb. 11 at the Crowne Plaza North, Columbus. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the symposium run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The symposium will address many issues Ohio’s pork producers face. The seminar will feature […]


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