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Plan now to get benefit of saver’s credit

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

WASHINGTON — Low- and moderate-income workers can take steps now to save for retirement and earn a special tax credit in 2008 and the years ahead, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The saver’s credit helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to Individual Retirement Arrangements and to 401(k) plans and similar […]

Bull testing program opens at Livestock Evaluation Center

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture opened the 2008-2009 State Bull Performance Testing Program at the Livestock Evaluation Center. Beef producers from Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have 120 bulls participating in the 112-day performance testing program. Progressive breeders nominate some of their best bulls to be […]

Carnegie Mellon University to build automated farming systems

Monday, December 8, 2008

PITTSBURGH — Two groups of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build automated farming systems. One is for apple growers and one is for orange growers, but both are designed to improve fruit quality and lower production costs. […]

Ohio business to host customer appreciation day

Monday, December 8, 2008

CANAL FULTON, Ohio — Slicker Farms will host a customer appreciation day from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 18 at 6759 Deerfield Ave., N.W., near Canal Fulton. Newly-elected Ohio Sen. Bob Gibbs and House Rep. Ron Amstutz will be in attendance. In attendance Expected to also be available are insurance providers, credit services, farm […]

American Humane Certified program certifies Delimax

Monday, December 8, 2008

DENVER — The American Humane Certified farm animal program has certified Delimax, one of North America’s premier integrated veal producers, under the program using American Humane’s new three-tiered auditing system. The certification applies to Delimax grain-fed veal, which is processed, sold and marketed by its partner, Montpak International. Audit system The three-tiered audit system developed […]

Agriculture Department breaks ground on new veterinary laboratory

Monday, December 8, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff helped break ground for a new laboratory which will help protect Pennsylvanians from potentially dangerous animal health emergencies. Located by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg, the new lab is part of the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory system, the front line of defense in preventing disease outbreaks. The […]

Partners Program to be held during conference

Monday, December 8, 2008

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dairywomen who attend the seventh annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference will find a variety of topics at this year’s Partners Program. The conference, of which the Partners Program is a part, will be held Feb. 5-7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 28th Street, Grand Rapids. Speaker Guest […]

Ohio corn performance trial yields all over the place

Monday, December 8, 2008

Picking a corn hybrid based on this year’s Ohio State University Corn Performance Trials will be tricky.

Cupboards nearly bare for Obama’s cabinet picks

Monday, December 8, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama’s staff will face many challenges in next four years. NEWARK, Del. — James Butkiewicz, professor of Economics at the University of Delaware, says that although the Federal Reserve has pushed about as far as it can, and the incoming Obama administration is talking about an aggressive stimulus package, the country will still […]

Ag economy: Wreck or pot of gold?

Monday, December 8, 2008

COLUMBUS — It came as no surprise when economists said in late November that the American economy is, indeed, in the throes of recession. Has been for nearly a year, they asserted. And the public just laughed, almost congratulating the government for seeing what most average Joe’s pocketbook was already showing. But for one section […]


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