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Polchin family honored at Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WILLIAMSFIELD, Ohio — The Polchin family of Cherry Valley, recognized by the Ashtabula County Dairy Service Unit as the Farm Family of the Year, represents both the past and the future of farming in the U.S. John and Ruth Polchin and their son and partner Tony, 44, accepted the Dick Johnson Award plaque at the […]

What’s [still] driving food and commodity prices?

Monday, March 16, 2009

What sent commodity prices up is now bringing them down: trends in global production and consumption, the value of the dollar and biofuels.

Animal ID and animal welfare: Strange bedfellows

Monday, March 16, 2009

Editor: We are opposed to a mandatory National Animal Identification System, NAIS, because it will be financially devastating to the small farmer and rancher. Such a mandatory system will also further erode the rights of the small farmer/rancher guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It is because of these concerns that we are continuing to monitor […]

Mapleton FFA annual awards presented

Monday, March 16, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — More than 320 members and guests were present for the 2008-2009 Mapleton FFA Annual Awards Ceremony held at the AU Convocation Center Banquet Hall March 11. The dinner began at 6:30 p.m. following opening ceremonies, the welcome by President Jonni Rohr and invocation by Ross Patton. The successful chapter was lead by […]

Where should I direct my anger?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Editor: Forgive me if I sound angry — but as I read your article, “Farmers face uphill climb in D.C.,” I have a hard time figuring out where to direct my anger. Let’s start by directing some at the political hacks at the EPA who have decided that they need to now expand their control […]

Stop working, buying and selling on the Lord’s day

Monday, March 16, 2009

Editor: The question arises as to what the ordinary citizen can do regarding the economy, etc., realizing that the majority cannot comprehend the billions involved in the so-called bailout. I would suggest as ordinary citizens we could affect a tremendous difference if we would just stop working, buying and selling on the Lord’s day. One […]

American Humane Certified to launch online training of humane animal care

Monday, March 16, 2009

DENVER — Unveiling yet another innovative industry first, the American Humane Certified farm animal welfare program announced it will launch an online Humane Care Training Program for food producers to use in educating employees, growers and contractors who handle animals. Complement and expand The training will complement and expand American Humane Certified’s existing national program […]

Association’s annual meeting features sustainability, data-driven decisions

Monday, March 16, 2009

BOISE, Idaho — With a theme of “Sustainability Through Data-Driven Decisions,” National Dairy Herd Information Association held its 44th annual meeting March 4-5 in Boise, Idaho. Topics Session topics included milk recording, management and analysis, animal identification systems, genomics, dairy beef quality assurance, worldwide dairy update and new economic realities. For five consecutive years, the […]

Program reaches membership goal

Monday, March 16, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cooperatives Working Together has reached its goal of signing up a supermajority of the nation’s milk supply for two years, which will enable the self-help program to focus on reducing the current devastating imbalance in milk supply and demand. According to Cooperatives Working Together officials, 67 percent of the nation’s milk supply […]

Farm to chef program sizzles in 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

TOLEDO — The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) will launch the fourth year of its farm to chef program with four informational meetings throughout northwest Ohio. In 2008, over 50 farms and 100 food purveyors participated in the program. Connections This program will connect participants through a county-formatted directory sent to all participants. All […]

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