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Five agri-stories you should read today 2-20-2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Here’s the agri-stories you should read today, February 20, 2014. Does the chicken industry pit farmer vs. farmer? California cutbacks could eliminate agriculture education. South Dakota’s governor has a pitch for California dairy farmers.

Legislation for West Virginia veterans ag program looks promising

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A bill introduced into the West Virginia Senate and a companion bill in the House is designed to give a helping hand to veterans who want to farm.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 20, 2014:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA members competed in the district 3 ag sales and job interview contests at Northwestern High School. The ag sales team of Zach Berry, Kaci Way, Ben Vaughan, and Rachelle Howman won the contest, and will compete in the state contest March 1 in Columbus. Berry placing second overall and […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 20, 2014:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BURTON, Ohio —The Geauga Caprine Kids 4-H club invites any young person to come join us for our 2014 club year. Geauga Caprine Kids is currently the longest running Honors Club in Geauga County. The club does many projects including goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, and rabbits. The group has many miscellaneous projects including photography, […]

Columbiana County Fair board receives $300,000 for grandstand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A local foundation’s $300,000 gift will name the new grandstand at Columbiana County Fair.

NRCS accepting easement applications for floodplains hit by Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HARRISBURG, PA. —The U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept applications for easements from landowners who want to enroll floodplains impacted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Applications will be accepted until April 18. This is the second round of applications to be accepted. “Floodplain easements are a long-term solution to provide relief for landowners while preventing […]

FDA will revise produce safety rules, hold additional comment period

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New food safety rules to be revised and announced by early summer.

Five agri-stories you should read today 2-19-2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today’s must-read stories touch on GMOs, the new farm bill, our ancestors’ taste for dairy, and an old agriculture law in Virgina that is causing some dog owners to cry ‘fowl’.

Traffic on the river is moving, but slow

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grain barges are moving through the Ohio River system, but they face weather-triggered delays.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/18)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Several of today’s stories are curious. Silicon Valley is planning more investment into agriculture, one project is watering tomatoes with seawater and one Texas town is preventing forest fires with goats.

Marcellus shale: Chesapeake comes under fire for extra post-production costs

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chesapeake Energy is under scrutiny by top Pennsylvania officials, after Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake about its business practices involving royalties.

New soil test measures soil health

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A combination of tests can now determine the ‘health’ of your soil.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/17)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today’s must-read stories include a look at California’s drought, a story about how micro loans are helping African farmers grow more crops sustainably, and a bit of history behind America’s first president and his relationship with agriculture.

Today’s farmer is no bum — almost heroic

Monday, February 17, 2014

Organic farmer, author and activist shares her experience working with the land at annual OEFFA conference.

Former USDA official urges sustainable farmers to get involved

Monday, February 17, 2014

Former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture encourages farmers to get involved with government at annual sustainable farming conference.

Open dialogue about GMOs is key to changing conversations, says expert

Monday, February 17, 2014

Despite the head start biotechnology opponents have, there’s still plenty of opportunity for farmers, ranchers and the biotechnology industry to change the conversation about genetically modified organisms.

Food prices, ag economy tied to proper labor reform

Monday, February 17, 2014

An approach to agricultural labor reform that focuses solely on immigration enforcement would raise food prices over five years by an additional 5 to 6 percent and would cut the nation’s food and fiber production by as much as $60 billion.

Expect modest expansion in pork industry

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Much cheaper feed has led the pork industry to begin an expansion that is expected to continue throughout this year. The current expansion means that pork supplies will begin to grow more rapidly in the last-half of 2014, according to Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist.

Want to lose weight? Try managing stress

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A researcher in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently completed a study comparing the effectiveness of two new weight loss and maintenance intervention programs.

National Ag Day contest winners announced

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Agriculture Council of America has announced the winners of the 2014 National Ag Day video and written essay contest winners. The winners were chosen based on the 2014 theme, Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.

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