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Dexters: Small cattle with big potential

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The first time Marcia Read heard about Dexter cattle, there was no question about it. She had to have some. Read was infatuated with the Dexters’ small stature, versatility and ability to eat almost anything. These unique, pony-sized cattle were perfect for her farm and it wasn’t long before she bought a small, dairy-type cow named Peerless Chopper.

American Soybean Association: Checkoff funds being mishandled

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Huge rift between U.S. soybean producer boards. The American Soybean Association is blasting the United Soybean Board, raising “serious ethical, legal, and financial allegations” about how farmer checkoff funds and program activities are being conducted.

High tunnels are terrific for tasty tomatoes

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fred Forsburg’s tomatoes are perfect — tough to do in a certified organic operation where no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used. The Livonia farmer’s secret? Growing tomatoes in high tunnels.

Soybean leader Steve St. Martin to retire

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The last three decades of Ohio soybean production have been good ones, marked by improved Phytophthora cultivars, a new market for tofu soybeans and one of the most popular soybean varieties ever grown in Ohio. Much of that success has been at the hands of Steve St. Martin, a soybean breeder at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. But on Jan. 1, St. Martin, who has headed the soybean breeding program at the center since 1991, will retire and pass the torch to a new faculty member.

Ohio man wins 2008 Herdsman of the Year

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. — The 2008 Herdsman of the Year was honored with a trophy buckle in memory of Lawrence Grathwohl and sponsored by the Shorthorn Foundation during the North American International Livestock Exposition. Josh Greenhorn Two members of the Grathwohl family were in attendance as well as Jack Ragsdale, on behalf of the Shorthorn Foundation, […]

Ohio mineral industries report is available

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Geological Survey has released the 2007 report on Ohio mineral industries.

A friend of the farmer

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown received a Friend of Farm Bureau Award from the Ohio organization during its annual meeting Dec. 3-5 in Columbus. The award is given to legislators who have supported important agricultural issues. Brown serves on the Senate agriculture committee, marking the first time an Ohioan has done that in nearly half a […]

Jefferson County couple wins Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer award

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COLUMBUS — A Jefferson County couple who has tweaked a successful farm business to stay profitable and in business was lauded as Outstanding Young Farm Couple last week during the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation‘s annual meeting. Robert and Autumn Morrison of Bloomingdale will represent Ohio next month at the national contest during the American Farm […]

Ohio Farm Bureau makes changes to memberships, youth program

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COLUMBUS — With blessing from county delegates, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation staffers will push forth in 2009 with the state’s plan to implement a changed timeline for signing new members. Some 341 county delegates convened in Columbus Dec. 3-5 to recommend policy and amend code of the organization. During more than a day of policy […]

Tractor assembly centers open

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

DULUTH, Ga. — Building on a commitment to quality, and in an effort to streamline logistics for their dealer network, AGCO Corporation has built and opened three new tractor assembly centers in the U.S. These centers are located near major ports, and close to markets with high demand for tractors manufactured and marketed by AGCO. […]

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