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A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Aug. 14, 2014:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BURTON, Ohio — The Geauga Beef and Swine 4-H club met Aug. 3. The club wrote a check for barn decorations. There was no junior fair board report. There was no sales report because the sales meeting is not until Aug. 14. Mugs will be provided as buyers’ gifts. The barn decorations are coming along […]

Meetings will help dairy farmers navigate new farm bill programs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dairy and ag economics experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will hold meetings across Ohio as part of an effort to help farmers learn more about the 2014 farm bill and how it will impact dairy producers.

South leads Midwest soybean growers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

According to Reuters, the South’s soybean crop is growing more quickly than the rest of the country, and will potentially help lull the demand until midwest soybeans are ready in the coming months.

Infographic: Ohio producing wells as of July 31, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As of July 31, 2014, drilled and producing wells were located in 16 Ohio counties.

U.S. EPA report shows concern over fire at Statoil Utica shale well

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OEPA report claims fracking company delayed providing information after well fire. Halliburton’s response: ‘If they had asked earlier, we would have provided the information,’

Twenty minutes with organic grain farmer Dean McIlvaine

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Growing organic grain is a challenge, especially across 850 acres.

Cooper Farms acquires Fort Recovery Equity

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cooper Farms grows with purchases.

Ashtabula County Junior Fair auction brings in more than $300,000

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The 2014 Ashtabula County Fair junior fair market livestock sale brought in more than $300,000 for the county’s youth.

Toxic water affects some plants more than others

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Toledo Blade reports that water tainted with toxins from algal blooms is considered safe for some garden plants, but not all of them.

Reader: Be cautious and remember chemicals are dangerous

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This is an open letter to farmers, farmer’s wives, and farmers children.

Low-interest loans can help producers start or expand farms

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Bill Wehry, announced Aug. 6 that farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low interest 2014 loans available through FSA’s direct farm ownership program.

Wildflowers planted to boost Ohio bee population

Monday, August 11, 2014

In response to the decreasing bee population, the Ohio Department of Transportation has planted wildflowers along a state route to provide food for bees.

Phosphorus runoff studied at Ohio farms as reduction efforts begin

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Runoff from farms is one source of phosphorus that has contaminated Lake Erie, contributing to the toxic algae blooms that prompted a city-wide water ban in Toledo, Ohio in early August.

Butler Farm Show 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Several new records were set at this year’s Butler Farm Show Junior Fair Livestock Market Sale. The records were set in the steer sale, rabbits, lambs and goat divisions.

Pa. farmers can get tax credit for conservation

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pennsylvania farmers who want to use best management practices or purchase on-farm conservation equipment can now apply for tax credits through the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

Weather is one factor in decreased butterfly population

Friday, August 8, 2014

The cold winter and wet spring are cited as two reasons why this year’s butterfly population is so low, according to The Washington Post.

Toledo water ban draws attention to algae, and city’s water treatment plant

Friday, August 8, 2014

Toledo water ban underscores importance of algae issue, and water plant issues.

Counter low grain prices with careful planning

Friday, August 8, 2014

This year’s lower grain prices requires a careful look at risk management options.

Finding an alternative to mowers and weed whackers

Thursday, August 7, 2014

An alternative to mowers and weed whackers to clear stream banks has been tried by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, according to the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

Free solar program in Medina County

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Solar program in Medina County will discuss how solar can work on your farm.

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