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Friends of Ohio Barns conference includes tour, demonstrations

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The 10th annual Friends of Ohio Barns Conference will be held in Bluffton April 24 and 25. The central theme of this year’s event will be the celebration of 10 years of stewardship, education and preservation efforts to save old barns, valuable icons of our Ohio agricultural heritage. This year’s economized event […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

COLLINS, Ohio — On March 21, two members of the Western Reserve FFA competed for top honors at the state FFA Public Speaking contest at The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Freshman Katelyn Miller and junior Hope Spishak competed amongst the top 20 speakers in the state in each of […]

Ag groups push EPA to fight courts on pesticide application ruling

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

[Corrected April 1, 2009, 11:45 a.m.] SALEM, Ohio — Farmers who apply pesticides on fields near waterways may soon need permits to do so. That’s according to a recent ruling by the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which says pesticides are pollutants and will require farmers to secure a Clean Water Act permit before […]

Holstein sale averages over $2,000

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — When the gavel fell for the last time at the Ohio Holstein Spring Sale March 21 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, 46 registered Holsteins had sold for an average of $2,058. Biggest bid Topping the sale was Shultz Shottle Krisp, a 3-year-old daughter of the popular Picston Shottle-ET. She was […]

Geauga County farmers weigh energy projections

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CHARDON, Ohio — Dale Arnold, director of energy services for the Ohio Farm Bureau, spoke glowingly of the future of farm-produced energy March 27. Since last summer’s gas prices exceeded $4 a gallon and helped bring the economy down, people have become far more attuned to the need for domestic fuel and energy sources, he […]

USDA: Purchase of nonfat dry milk helps both farmers and low-income families

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA is transferring approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic feeding programs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the goal is to help support both low-income families struggling to put nutritious food on their […]

More than 325 head of cattle sold at 2009 Ohio Beef Expo in Columbus

Monday, March 30, 2009

COLUMBUS — More than 30,000 cattle industry enthusiasts attended the Ohio Beef Expo March 20-22 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. In its 22nd year, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association hosted the annual event. The major attraction March 21 was six purebred sales. A total of more than 325 lots were sold with an […]

There is no answer to your question

Monday, March 30, 2009

Editor: In his commentary, “Can’t feed the hungry without farmers,” in the March 26 issue, Denny Banister makes some very valid points. His common sense reasons for continuing direct payments to farmers with one half million dollars in annual sales include: 1. Those farms produce 75 percent of the entire U.S. food supply and we […]

Affordably controlling Johne’s disease

Monday, March 30, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin field trial has proven that a Johne’s disease control program is both effective and affordable. The disease can cause body wasting and chronic diarrhea, but not all cattle show these clinical signs, which creates a dilemma for dairy producers. Which cows should be removed or isolated from the herd? It’s […]

Ohio hunters help offset hunger

Monday, March 30, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio deer hunters have donated more than 54,800 pounds of venison to local food banks through the 2008-09 deer hunting season, according to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Meals The 54,800 pounds of venison equals approximately 219,200 meals for Ohioans in need. […]

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