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At one of Ohio’s top dairy farms, it’s all about the details

Thursday, June 11, 2009

FARMDALE, Ohio — For the Hall family of Hallbrook Farm in Farmdale, Ohio, the success of the herd can be attributed to two things: setting goals and paying attention to details.

Carrollton farmer strives to find the right grazing balance

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Carrollton farmer finds a balance between keeping the soil healthy and creating a profit.

Forestry takes a turn and a new online business is born

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Summitville family is taking what others would discard and burn and turning it into a profit.

NASA satellite being used for crop forecasting

Monday, June 8, 2009

WASHINGTON — Soil moisture is essential for seeds to germinate and for crops to grow. But record droughts and scorching temperatures in certain parts of the globe in recent years have caused soil to dry up, crippling crop production. The falling food supply in some regions has forced prices upward, pushing staple foods out of […]

Vilsack calls for carbon credits for agriculture and forestry

Saturday, June 6, 2009

During a recent forum in Kentucky, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touched on many issues facing his department, including climate change and animal identification.

Pa. farmers: Join a compost co-op

Friday, June 5, 2009

On-farm composting cooperatives in five Pennsylvania counties may hold more benefits than farmers realize.

Proposed budget cuts mean ‘no fair’ for some

Thursday, June 4, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The effects of the economy can be observed in many places today — in the automotive industry, in tourism and hospitality services, and, if the proposed Senate budget passes, at Pennsylvania fairs and shows.

Would you sit on a soybean?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Many Ford vehicles on the road today, including the Mustang, F-150, Focus and Lincoln MKS, use foam seating components made out of soybeans.

New guidelines to treat ash trees for emerald ash borer available

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Homeowners, arborists and tree-care professionals can now access unbiased, science-based information to determine whether or not to treat ash trees for emerald ash borer, which insecticide may be better suited for a particular tree and when and how treatments should be made for best results. Bulletin The new guidelines and a summary […]

June Dairy Month not time to celebrate

Monday, June 1, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — June Dairy Month marks the midpoint of 2009, a year that clearly will not be “kind” to dairy producers, said a University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist. “Dairy managers are recording huge financial losses,” said Mike Hutjens. “Milk prices dropped nearly 40 percent starting last January, reaching less than $12 per hundred […]

Veterinarians at high risk for viral, bacterial infections from animals

Sunday, May 31, 2009

AMES, Iowa — The recent H1N1 influenza epidemic has raised many questions about how animal viruses move to human populations. Potential route One potential route is through veterinarians, who, according to a new report by University of Iowa College of Public Health researchers, are at markedly increased risk of infection with zoonotic pathogens — the […]

Giant hogweed found in Butler County

Saturday, May 30, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning residents of Forward Township in Evans City, Butler County, that giant hogweed, a noxious and invasive weed that can cause blistering and scarring on the skin of susceptible people, has been confirmed in their area.

Produce growers debate agreement

Friday, May 29, 2009

COLUMBUS — Leafy green vegetable growers are preparing for the possibility of a national agreement that would set standards for the production and handling of the vegetables.

Dump your milk: California dairymen say two-day dump would help market

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

California milk producers trying to increase market prices are encouraging dairymen to dump their milk May 31 and June 1.

A little bit of everything: Ohio farm goes for different breeds

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

JEFFERSON, Ohio — Diversity, sustainability and self-sufficiency are words to farm by for Ralph and Connie Rice of Jefferson. From sheep without wool to short-legged cows, from the maple sugar shack to Connie’s quilting machine, Riceland Meadows is a farm marching toward as much independence as anyone can achieve on 73 acres. The unwoolly woolies […]

‘Thanks, Dad’

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

He taught you how to drive a tractor, pushed you on the swing and drove you to all your sports practices. He silently held your hand through the rough times and loudly celebrated your achievements. He instilled in you a strong work ethic. He is your protector, the constant in your life and your go-to-guy. […]

A final salute: Playing taps for 63 years

Monday, May 25, 2009

For 63 years, an Ashland County man has played his own tribute on Memorial Day to those who serve.

Ohioan makes it through first year at West Point

Sunday, May 24, 2009

When the 1,300 young men and women entered the gates of the United States Military Academy last June to begin careers as officers in the U.S. Army, time became a watch word.

Ag Greeks raise record funds in support of farmers with disabilities

Saturday, May 23, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State University agricultural Greek organizations raised more than $700 to help a Somerset County dairy farmer. Members of Delta Theta Sigma, Alpha Zeta and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternities, and Sigma Alpha sorority gathered the funds through a penny war campaign sponsored by AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians. Donation The donation was presented […]

Switching to organic pork production has potential advantages, drawbacks

Friday, May 22, 2009

Sales of U.S. organic products, including pork, grew more than 17 percent from 2007 to 2008, and the consumer demand is expected to continue despite the current economic downturn.

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