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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.

Carroll County couple builds farm, family

Thursday, May 21, 2009

CARROLLTON, Ohio — The story of one family’s cattle farm started when two college sweethearts met through their love of agriculture. Todd and Kim Davis first met at the American Royal, a national livestock show held in Kansas City, Kan., while both were in high school and then they reconnected while attending The Ohio State […]

Elvis Presley’s original John Deere tractor on display in Graceland

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MOLINE, Ill. — A John Deere tractor regularly used by Elvis Presley on his Mississippi ranch and at his home at Graceland will be displayed at the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.

Want to build a pond?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — If you are a landowner who has always been wanting a pond, there are a number of pre-construction steps that should be done to first determine if your property will even be suitable for a pond. First step Bob Frazee, University of Illinois Natural Resources educator, suggested the first step would be […]

Ohio Farm Bureau launches new Center for Food and Animal Issues

Monday, May 18, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — A new initiative of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will help farmers and the public sort through the debate about the role of animals in society. The newly launched Center for Food and Animal Issues will operate as an outreach and education department of the state Farm Bureau, according to executive vice […]

H1N1 flu didn’t start on Mexican hog farm

Friday, May 15, 2009

MEXICO CITY — According to Mexican officials, there is no outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) at any farm in the country. Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Alberto Cardenas Jimenez said a team of 450 veterinarians who traveled the country’s pig farms found no outbreak of Influenza A H1N1. That means the influenza strain that has infected […]

Rendell begins court battle for dairy farmers

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell is challenging a decision by the Pa. Milk Marketing Board he says takes money away from dairy farmers.

Ag groups: EPA harming biofuels industry

Thursday, May 14, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The Environmental Protection Agency is touting its newly proposed renewable fuels standards as earth-saving and job-creating, but ag groups are looking at the plan with raised eyebrows, calling the agency’s goals unattainable and a harm to the domestic biofuels industry. “You are going to kill off the biofuels industry before it ever […]

HSUS supporter introduces bill in N.Y.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ALBANY, N.Y. — Legislators in New York introduced a new bill that would prohibit the confinement of breeding pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens by 2015.

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