INDIANAPOLIS –The National FFA Organization announced Bill Fleet of Lititz, Pa., will become acting chief operating officer effective April 1. Fleet retired in 2006 as vice president, North America sales, for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Johnston, Iowa. Prior to joining Pioneer in 1982, Fleet taught agricultural education for four years at the high school level […]
JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Ashland County Dairy Service Unit met for its 65th annual meeting March 14 at Hillsdale High School.
The evening began with a welcome by Unit Director Ryan Welch who introduced Ashland County Farm Bureau Organizational Director John Fitzpatrick.
SALEM, Ohio — Time is running short for landowners to sign up for a new USDA program that will offer them up to $30 million in easement payments. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the most recent economic stimulus package — will pay landowners who […]
– Basinger Auction Service Ltd. of North Lima, Ohio, held a household auction March 9 in Greenford, Ohio. Following two days of record rainfall, the auction was held on a dry pleasant day with 128 registered bidders and a crowd of more than 200 attending. The top-selling item was a Kubota 4 WD diesel tractor […]
WELLINGTON, Ohio — Wellington FFA president Lauren Fehlan placed first in the district extemporaneous public speaking contest and will be advancing to the state competition March 21. She will be competing against 19 other participants at the state contest. * * * WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA traveled to the Agricultural Technical Institute, […]
LORAIN, Ohio — The Pitchfork Pals 4-H club met March 8 to discuss fair ideas and hear demonstrations from members. Giving demos were Sean Ortner (Legos), Keith Grobe (meat rabbits) and Travis Clark (electricity). A Clover bud, Ryan Ortner, spoke about his NASCAR collection. The club is still collecting pop tabs and used cell phones. […]
SALEM, Ohio — Dissent and disagreement within the agricultural community about the future of the national animal identification program came through loud and clear during Congressional hearings last week. Animal identification, lauded by some farm groups as absolutely necessary to protect the food supply and criticized by others as a flawed program that will threaten farmers’ […]
U.S. Rep. Zach Space WASHINGTON — On their trip to Washington D.C. March 9-11, the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents discovered there are some key issues buzzing around the city. Here are the top five farm-related conversations on Capitol Hill:
WOOSTER, Ohio — Amid news of decreased consumer spending and falling stock prices, the beef industry has its bright spots. Market analyst Dillon Feuz said overall protein purchasing patterns point out a dedication to beef. “So far the data has not shown that consumers have really cut back on beef consumption,” he said. “They’ve just altered […]
PIKETON, Ohio — With nearly 70 percent of southern Ohio’s land cover invested in farmland and forests, there are opportunities abound to convert those resources into bioenergy products and an Ohio State University workshop will explore the feasibility of producing and processing bioenergy crops. Maurus Brown, an OSU South Centers Extension specialist, hopes these bioenergy […]