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Ohio foodbank program an option for growers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last year, Terry Gram’s 45-acre hillside orchard in Paris, Ohio, gave him his biggest crop ever. A couple of decades ago, much of that surplus would have been tossed out. Now, growers like Gram can turn to groups like the Ohio Association of Food Banks and its Agricultural Clearance Program.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of July 31, 2014:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA chapter held its annual FFA/FFA alumni hog roast July 13. More than 70 members, parents, and chapter alumni participated in this year’s events. After dinner, softball and cornhole was available. Anyone interested in participating in the alumni can contact the West Holmes High School Ag Department for more […]

Changes are coming to FSA programs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello Again! Change is inevitable. Change is good. Change is a necessity. These phrases may seem like profound words of wisdom, but seriously we all know change occurs. The only constant regarding change that I know of, is when I slam my Tundra truck door, that change (coins) flies out of my ashtray in the […]

A round-up of FFA news for the week of July 31, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The West Holmes FFA chapter held its annual FFA/FFA alumni hog roast July 13. More than 70 members, parents, and chapter alumni participated in this year’s events.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of July 31, 2014:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The Country Kids & Kritters met July 20 at Zion Lutheran Church in New Middletown. Club members earning trips to the Ohio State Fair for their projects include: Zack Weikart, Woodworking; Ricky Svetlak, My Favorite Things, Collectibles; Sarah DeLucia, Quilting; Trever Kawecki, Woodworking; Nicole D’Angelo, Alternate, Photography. County Awards went to: […]

Appeals court upholds country of origin labeling

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Appeals court says requiring meat to be labeled from where it originated is acceptable.

New Clean Water Act rule causes concern for farmers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a new rule related to the Clean Water Act that includes protecting some wetlands and streams.

Remember the Polar Vortex? Ohio’s grape and peach growers sure do

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio — After enduring the coldest winter in 20 years, many grape and tree growers in Ohio and western Pennsylvania predicted their summer crop would be greatly diminished. Now in the middle of summer, their predictions are coming true. Grape vines and fruit trees are supposed to be green and lush with fruit this […]

Holmes County Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MILLERSBURG, Ohio — A volunteer group is like milking a cow a cow by hand, according to Eric Shaver. Shaver, a local veterinarian and 2014 president of Holmes County Farm Bureau, told members attending the 2014 Holmes County Farm Bureau annual meeting that it takes about 360 squirts to get a gallon of milk. And, […]

Farmland to be conserved in Pickaway County, Ohio

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Some farmland in Pickaway County, Ohio will now become a preserve due to efforts by the Appalachia Ohio Alliance, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Family Farm Field Day: Strong agriculture builds strong families, communities

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Holmes County’s Family Farm Field day held at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder farm in Dundee.

2014 Summit County Fair market livestock sale brings in more than $43,000

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The 2014 Summit County Junior Fair livestock sales brought in more than $43,000 and set several records along the way.

U.S. cattle: Low inventory means producers reap benefits

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

According to the NASS report, there are 95 million cattle in the United States. That is the lowest number since the report began in the 1970s.

Urban farms prove to be beneficial to families and neighborhoods

Monday, July 28, 2014

It isn’t just out in the country that you can hear the sound of a hen clucking, according to The New York Times.

Minnesota teachers promote “agricultural literacy”

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Teachers in Minnesota are finding a new focus for “hands-on” learning for their students.

Gas compressor station could impact Pennsylvania farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that a compressor station used for transporting natural gas through pipelines may potentially be placed in the way of a Beaver County, Pa.’s organic farm.

U.S. cattle inventory down 3 percent from 2012

Friday, July 25, 2014

As of July 1, there were 95 million head of cattle on U.S. farms, according to NASS reports.

Folk agriculture makes a comeback

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mountain Xpress tells of a “folk system” of agriculture is being promoted in Appalachia, drawing on food systems of days gone by.

Champions named at national junior angus show

Friday, July 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 700 Angus juniors and their families traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the 2014 National Junior Angus Show July 6-12 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. National Junior Angus Association members represented “Angus in the Heartland” as they exhibited 1,071 entries during the week-long event that included more than a dozen educational […]

Fruit recalled due to bacteria

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Plain Dealer reports that the large-scale recall of fruit this week has now grown to include Canada and other countries due to the discovery of the listeria bacteria on the fruit in Australia.

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