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Keep switchgrass in mind for biomass uses

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Camelina isn’t the only alternative biomass crop that makes sense in this area. Ernst Conservation Seeds, based in Meadville, Pa., is pursuing development of markets for warm season grasses that can be used as biomass, with special emphasis on varieties that can work in this region, according to the Dan Arnett, […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 5, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

ALBANY, Ohio — Members of the Alexander FFA chapter participated in a CPR course Jan. 13-20. The course was taught by members of the school health team. At the end of the course, all members who participated were certified in CPR and are able to use an AED and the Heimlich maneuver.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 5, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WARREN, Ohio — The Trumbull County 4-H Dairy Judging Club held its monthly meeting Jan. 25 at the Trumbull County Ag Center. Club advisers are Richard Owen, Bill Smith and Dave and Becky Lynn. There are 15 club members. The following officers were elected: Brock Elsea of Vernon, president; Nick Aberegg-Smith of Kinsman, vice president; […]

Vet check: A look at the shortage of food animal vets

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Recovering from a flurry of phone calls and swamped workdays — problem calvings, twisted stomachs, downed cows — Jason Marteney sees today as a welcomed break. Just a few stops on his schedule, a few scrubs of his boots and candid chats with farmers, and he’ll be home free. The young veterinarian, […]

A whole new ballgame for cattle prices

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

World economic conditions are now the dominant driving force for cattle prices, according to a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “In the old days, cattle and beef prices were primarily correlated with beef supplies because demand tended to stay fairly constant,” said Chris Hurt. “Well, the ‘good old days’ are over as demand is in […]

Camelina crop may save the day for northwest Pa. farmers, landowners

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — A rather low-budget, low-input crop may be a boon to northwest Pennsylvania farmers. Camelina sativa, an oilseed from the Brassica family, is a valuable crop for biofuel production. Already in production in Crawford County, with a demanding market in place nearby, camelina is poised to be a real moneymaker. Spread the […]

Stan Hywet Hall holds historic home workshops

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

AKRON — Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is offering a series of five workshops designed to educate and engage the historic building enthusiast. Historic house workshops are designed for professionals as well as owners of historic homes. The series meets from 10 a.m. to noon every other Saturday beginning Feb. 21. Each workshop includes a […]

Ohio Maple Days: There’s so much to say about syrup

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

KIDRON, Ohio — As technology improves, our production practices tend to change. Whether you’re milking cows or growing apples, it’s natural to check out the latest trends and newest equipment. But cutting-edge innovations often come with a big price tag, so how can you be sure those new ideas are worth a hefty initial investment?

Bison sale attracts 107 entries

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DENVER — The National Bison Association’s Gold Trophy show and sale attracted 107 animals Jan. 24 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. In addition to the live animals, meat was sold from 18 market class animals. The grand champion male, a 2-year-old bull exhibited by Noland Miller, Silver Creek Bison, Binscarth, Manitoba, […]

Schmack BioEnergy acquires company

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Schmack BioEnergy, a Cleveland-based waste management and renewable energy company, has acquired Biogas Technologies Unlimited, LLC, a biogas upgrade technology company. New division To head-up this new division, Schmack has hired Alan Johnson to focus on integrating Biogas Technologies Unlimited into the biogas marketplace. Johnson has more than 30 years of manufacturing […]

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