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Cattleman finds perfect combination

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dave Noll thinks about expected progeny differences and corn gluten and how many round bales he needs to get through winter. He builds fence and drives tractors and vaccinates cows. It’s the stuff that farming is made of.

Pa. farmer earns American Farm Bureau Federation’s highest honor

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SAN ANTONIO — The American Farm Bureau Federation presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Keith Eckel from Pennsylvania and former Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill. The award was announced during the 90th American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. Leader for agriculture Eckel, who has been a farmer and leader for agriculture for 40 […]

Boccieri named to House ag committee

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — U. S. Rep. John Boccieri, D-Alliance, has been appointed to the agriculture committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Told you so: Brother’s advice shown to be right on inaugural wardrobe

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Imagine Penn State President Graham Spanier giving Barack Obama advice on what to wear at his inauguration as America’s 44th president. Not likely? Yet a Penn State president did dispense such sartorial advice to an incoming U.S. president — who happened to be his brother. In December 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower […]

USDA to delve into soybean allegations

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The USDA plans to audit and, as appropriate, investigate the National Soybean Checkoff Program, according to the American Soybean Association. The decision is based on the petition filed by the American Soybean Association Dec. 10, 2008. The association’s petition calls for an investigation of the United Soybean Board and the U.S. Soybean […]

Champion lamb selected at Farm Show

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HARRISBURG — Samantha Adams of Bedford, Pa., took home the grand champion banner in the junior market lamb show Jan. 11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Adams, with her 126-pound crossbred market lamb, outperformed 227 entries for her fourth grand champion win at the Farm Show. A member of the Farming Around 4-H […]

Survey reveals retail food prices drop slightly in last quarter of 2008

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. Informal survey The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $48.19, down about 1 percent or 49 cents […]

USDA issues final COOL rule

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA is releasing details of the final regulation for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program required by the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. The full text of the final rule will be published in the Jan. 15 Federal Register. The rule becomes effective March 16, 60 days after the date […]

Some guidance on selecting corn hybrids

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

By PETER THOMISON One of the most important management decisions a corn grower makes each year is the selection of corn hybrids for spring planting. During the past 40 to 50 years, there has been continuous improvement in the genetics of corn hybrids, which has contributed to steady increases in grain yield potential ranging from […]

Organization celebrates 30th anniversary of farmers’ protest

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Agriculture Movement completed its 30th Annual Convention in Oklahoma City where the organization celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Washington D.C. farmers’ protest for equality. Chief organizer American Agriculture Movement President Larry Matlack welcomed Gerald McCathern, the chief organizer of the grassroots action and acclaimed western novelist from Herford, Texas. […]

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