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Soy flour not just for cooking anymore

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

WASHINGTON — In 1941, Henry Ford unveiled a plastic-bodied car whose panels included soybean meal as component. The feat made headlines — and history — but the idea never took off commercially. Continued research However, researchers continue to toy with the idea, including Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Lei Jong and Jeffrey Byars, who are […]

Hunters turn up CWD in W.Va. deer herd

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Preliminary test results indicate the chronic wasting disease (CWD) agent was present in five hunter-harvested deer collected in Hampshire County, W.Va., during the 2008 deer firearms hunting season. “As part of our agency’s ongoing and intensive CWD monitoring effort, samples were collected from 1,355 hunter-harvested deer brought to game checking stations in […]

Farm and Dairy’s 2008 top stories in review

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weather woes Weather is always a hot topic in the farmhouse. In March, an ice storm hit northeastern Ohio and western Pa., followed by 23 inches of snow in some places. Snow emergencies were declared in 60 Ohio counties and homes and farms were without electricity for days. And in September, remnants of Hurricane Ike […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Jan. 1, 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ANDOVER, Ohio — The members of the Pymatuning Valley FFA recently painted the West Andover Cemetery fence. They spent two days getting it ready and then applying a coat of paint. Members began a “Toys for Kids” campaign within the Pymatuning Valley Local School district. Boxes for the toys were placed by the FFA members […]

Extension to offer small farm college

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NEWARK, Ohio — The Muskingum, Perry and Licking county offices of Ohio State University Extension will offer “East Central Small Farm College,” a nine-week course which will provide an opportunity to explore enterprise possibilities on small acreage. Topics The course will also look at budgeting, informational and technical resources, developing a business plan after assessing […]

Gardeners unite: Set goals you don’t intend to keep, gain comfort with reality

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

TOPEKA, Kan. — One Kansas gardening guru is adopting a new approach to 2009 New Year’s resolutions. She’s suggesting fellow gardeners follow suit and perhaps gain new comfort with reality. “Rather than set goals you lose sight of within weeks, make resolutions you have no intention of keeping — ones you simply can’t visualize yourself […]

International trade show to promote Ohio

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Israel Agricultural Initiative of the Negev Foundation is sponsoring an Ohio booth at Agritech 09 International Agricultural Exhibition in Israel May 5-7 for Ohio agribusinesses and organizations. The booth will showcase Ohio agribusinesses and organizations to exhibition visitors at a cost of $200 per company. Opportunity Representatives of Ohio companies and […]

Blending wall hinders ethanol growth

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ethanol production opened the door to the renewable fuels industry. The industry now must get past an imposing wall of federal regulations and market conditions if it hopes to grow, said a Purdue University agricultural economist. “The ethanol industry is now faced with what is called a ‘blending wall,’” said Wally […]

Tight feeder supplies the issue in 2009

Monday, December 29, 2008

Cattle feeders’ No. 1 concern was feed inputs. Not any more, says Mike Sands of Informa Economics. The market analyst predicts corn will not stay as low as $3 per bushel (bu.) for long, but the new trading levels for corn may be of little consequence compared to the declining feeder calf supply. Biggest hurdle […]

Food prices show no sign of declining

Friday, December 26, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The year 2008 was an interesting economic year. Housing prices fell. The dollar weakened, strengthened a bit and then weakened again.

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