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Risk of Stewart’s Disease to be low

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — The risk of Stewart’s bacterial wilt and leaf blight is predicted to be low throughout much of Ohio’s corn crop this year. The disease is caused by a bacterium carried and spread by adult flea beetles. Negligible threat Based on the flea beetle index, conducted by Ohio State University Extension and Ohio […]

Are we inefficient or more conscientious?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Editor: In reference to the article titled “Obama: Cut direct farm payments” published in the March 5 issue of Farm and Dairy, I know a lot of family farmers in our area of Western Pennsylvania and just a handful make over $250,000 in annual products sold. Does that mean we are inefficient, as the article […]

Update: Youth archers place at state tournament

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Alliance Middle School archery team, competing under the name the Alliance Arrows, finished 11th in the middle school division at the state tournament last Friday. Girls division The top finisher for Alliance was Gravlee, who scored 216 points and earned a 44th-place finish, out of 100 competitors in the girls’ division. She connected for […]

Youth archers target state tournament success

Monday, March 9, 2009

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The whistle blows. Meagan Gravlee calmly walks to the rack of bows and selects her favorite. She strides to her mark, 10 meters from the target. Carefully loading an arrow, the archer stares straight ahead at the goal. Raising her bow, she takes aim. She fires. Bulls-eye.

Organic farmer wins Stewardship award

Monday, March 9, 2009

COLUMBUS — Rich Tomsu of Rich Gardens Organic Farm, a certified organic farm in Athens County, is the winner of the 2009 Stewardship Award from the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the sustainable agriculture community and was presented at the 30th annual OEFFA […]

Stomping out strangles in horses: A researcher’s new vaccine may help

Sunday, March 8, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Swollen lymph nodes beneath your jaw are a common occurrence in human medicine. While they are not usually a major concern to physicians, mention to an equine veterinarian that your horse has large swellings on the side of its neck and their reaction is quite the opposite. “Strangles is a highly contagious […]

Financial outlook for pork producers may be returning to profitability

Saturday, March 7, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Pork producers should be “conservative and defensive” this year even though profitability may be on the horizon, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Farm equipment exports for 2008 increase 26 percent

Friday, March 6, 2009

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — U.S. exports of agricultural-related machinery totaled $10.4 billion in 2008, an increase of 26 percent compared to the previous year, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Australia/Oceania led the way in percentage growth, followed by Canada, South America and Europe. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Department […]

Despite economy, organic farming conference proves successful

Friday, March 6, 2009

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. — During this economic recession, when many other industries have dropping numbers, organic food is still increasing in both sales and recognition. This proved true in more ways than one at the nation’s largest organic farming conference, hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. Approximately 2,750 organic farmers attended this […]

Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference posts record attendance

Friday, March 6, 2009

COLUMBUS — With rising crop input costs affecting the production bottom line, more farmers are recognizing the economic value and environmental benefits of conservation tillage practices. Record attendance The record attendance at this year’s Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference may be a reflection of that increased interest, said Randall Reeder, an OSU Extension agricultural engineer […]

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