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Research suggests antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films that are applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. Using films made of pullulan — an edible, mostly tasteless, transparent polymer produced by […]

Cost-share help for Ohio’s honeybees

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COLUMBUS — Ohio farmers rely on bees to pollinate more than 70 crops, but 50 to 80 percent of the honeybees raised by Ohio’s registered beekeepers died last winter. Researchers suggest a number of reasons for this phenomenon, including the loss of the flowering habitat bees need to strengthen and grow their colonies. A program […]

How-to videos now available for beginning fish farmers

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A new set of how-to videos that teach beginning aquaculturists the ins and outs of fish farming is now available online.

Soil bacteria may provide clues to curbing antibiotic resistance

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Drug-resistant bacteria annually sicken 2 million Americans and kill at least 23,000. A driving force behind this growing public health threat is the ability of bacteria to share genes that provide antibiotic resistance. Bacteria that naturally live in the soil have a vast collection of genes to fight off antibiotics, but they […]

Buying a gas well? Be aware of liabilities

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COLUMBUS — Landowners who take ownership of gas wells on their property need to make sure the benefits outweigh the financial liabilities, according to Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold. Arnold has been working with Farm Bureau members in eastern Ohio on whether purchasing wells on their property makes financial sense. […]

Oil and gas development homogenizing core-forest bird communities

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Conventional oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania altered bird communities, and the current massive build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may accelerate these changes, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The commonwealth’s Northern Tier — one of the largest blocks of Eastern deciduous forest in the entire Appalachian […]

USDA grants license for PEDv vaccine

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This is the first licensed vaccine for PEDv. It will be used to vaccinate sows with the intent that they build antibody, and transmit that antibody through their milk to newborn piglets.

Ohio freezes renewable energy mandates

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The new law will freeze the renewable and solar energy benchmarks for 2015 and 2016, at 2014 levels.

Are cellphones really covered in germs?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A quick Google search for “mobile device” and “germs” lists pages of reports about how your smart phone is likely dirtier than a toilet seat and how you’d be terrified if you knew all the germs and bacteria it collects in a single day. That’s to say nothing of the tablets […]

IBM collaboration harnesses power of big data

Monday, June 16, 2014

MARKHAM, Ontario — A new data integration platform for watershed management built by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) in collaboration with IBM is helping researchers, urban planners and others develop more sophisticated tools to predict floods, safeguard the drinking water supply and forecast the impact of growth and urbanization on vital ecosystems. Grand River […]

Federal carbon cutting policy could be costly

Sunday, June 15, 2014

EPA plan calls for 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants.

Wayne County farm is home to the ‘happy field’

Friday, June 13, 2014

This Wayne County farm grows sunflowers for cooking oil, and makes its own brand of birdseed.

Marburger Farm Dairy: Milk production and pride

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EVANS CITY, Pa. — Marburger Farm Dairy is not just an outlet for the milk production from the Marburger family’s dairy cattle, but a market for farmers’ milk from several counties in western Pennsylvania. Jim Marburger, current president of Marburger Farm Dairy, has spent his life keeping the family business going strong in western Pennsylvania […]

Ohio, Holmes County forestry industry infographic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Holmes County timber and wood products industry generates $421 million in output and $24.7 million in tax revenue. Learn more about this Ohio economic driver in this infographic.

Reader concerned over buying influence

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Editor: The Dairy Excel article in the June 5 edition of the Farm and Dairy by Dr. Normand St-Pierre called “Battling the phobia of GMO’s” was an absolute misuse of a psychological term to belittle critics of Monsanto. Monsanto belongs to ALEC an organization which buys influence for corporations. As David R. Resnick, Bioethicist, National […]

Lumber industry has deep roots in Holmes County, and Ohio

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Part I of a two-part series on Ohio’s timber and lumber industry, and specifically the growth in Holmes County, where it contributes more than $420 million annually in industrial output.

Utica and Marcellus shale: Report shows drillers plan to be busy in southeastern Ohio

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Permits for horizontal drilling in the Utica shale are beginning to pinpoint where the sweet spot in the Utica shale may be located.

Pork Checkoff announces new audit platform

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DES MOINES — After more than a year of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board recently shared plans for a new common industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors. The program will use the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program as its foundation and expand on it to serve as a […]

Satellite shows high productivity from U.S. Corn Belt

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENBELT, Md. — Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the U.S. boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists. Healthy glow Healthy plants convert light to energy via photosynthesis, but chlorophyll also emits a fraction of absorbed […]

Pioneer opens new corn research center in Urbana

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

(Farm and Dairy was informed June 12 that Pioneer plans to close the recently opened Urbana research location. This announcement was made post-press. The company is working to offer other positions to employees and keep its seed research in-state. The company states: “Through a process of review, Pioneer will further align talent and technology with […]

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