SALEM, Ohio — Dissent and disagreement within the agricultural community about the future of the national animal identification program came through loud and clear during Congressional hearings last week. Animal identification, lauded by some farm groups as absolutely necessary to protect the food supply and criticized by others as a flawed program that will threaten farmers’ […]
U.S. Rep. Zach Space WASHINGTON — On their trip to Washington D.C. March 9-11, the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents discovered there are some key issues buzzing around the city. Here are the top five farm-related conversations on Capitol Hill:
WOOSTER, Ohio — Amid news of decreased consumer spending and falling stock prices, the beef industry has its bright spots. Market analyst Dillon Feuz said overall protein purchasing patterns point out a dedication to beef. “So far the data has not shown that consumers have really cut back on beef consumption,” he said. “They’ve just altered […]
WILLIAMSFIELD, Ohio — The Polchin family of Cherry Valley, recognized by the Ashtabula County Dairy Service Unit as the Farm Family of the Year, represents both the past and the future of farming in the U.S. John and Ruth Polchin and their son and partner Tony, 44, accepted the Dick Johnson Award plaque at the […]
What sent commodity prices up is now bringing them down: trends in global production and consumption, the value of the dollar and biofuels.
URBANA, Ill. — While humans have the unique ability to pass immunoglobulins, also known as antibodies, through the placenta during pregnancy, many animals cannot. In particular, llamas and alpacas, whose young are called “crias,” have a different placental structure than humans and are unable to transmit antibodies from mother to fetus. Common Failure of passive […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — To provide better oversight of Pennsylvania’s food supply from the field to the dinner table, Gov. Edward Rendell has formed the new Governor’s Food Safety Council and appointed members to the panel. The first council in the state to focus on food safety, members will advise the governor on direction for security […]
LOUISVILLE, Ohio — Last week, on a 50-degree day, Josh Moore celebrated the coming of spring by carrying hundreds of flats and planters full of pansies from their shelter at Motts Greenhouse, arranging them into rows in the sunshine. It’s only March at the Motts operation just east of Louisville — there’s admittedly not much […]
U.S. Sen. George Voinovich may have announced his retirement after his term ends in 2010, but he’s not done fighting. Voinovich, who spoke to Ohio farmers in Washington March 10, outlined his opinions for pulling the country out of its economic doldrums.
SALEM, Ohio — No one is safe from hard-hitting money woes, and this week, another victim came forward: Ohio State University Extension. State budget cuts will eliminate roughly $3.6 million of the state Extension purse now through June 2011 and have forced a massive restructuring and workforce reduction in the state Extension system. “OSU Extension […]
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, applauded passage of The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which includes $4,013,000 in funds to targeted programs and services that support Ohio farmers.
Ohio farm leaders were in Washington March 9-11 to talk to their legislators about agricultural issues that affect them back at home — issues that have been on the Farm Bureau plate before and show no signs of going away.
COLUMBUS — Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering wraps up its winter seminar series at noon March 13 with “A Virtual Tour of an Ohio Corn Ethanol Plant” by Fred Michel, an associate professor in the department. Michel’s research focuses on, among other things, developing new or improved bioprocessing technologies. Attend […]
WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio farmers have planted more than a million acres of wheat this season, the second year that seeding has surged over the 1 million mark. According to the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service, farmers planted 1.02 million acres, slightly down from the 1.12 million acres planted in 2008, but still 20 percent higher […]
ALLIANCE, Ohio — The whistle blows. Meagan Gravlee calmly walks to the rack of bows and selects her favorite. She strides to her mark, 10 meters from the target. Carefully loading an arrow, the archer stares straight ahead at the goal. Raising her bow, she takes aim. She fires. Bulls-eye.
URBANA, Ill. — Swollen lymph nodes beneath your jaw are a common occurrence in human medicine. While they are not usually a major concern to physicians, mention to an equine veterinarian that your horse has large swellings on the side of its neck and their reaction is quite the opposite. “Strangles is a highly contagious […]
URBANA, Ill. — Pork producers should be “conservative and defensive” this year even though profitability may be on the horizon, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.
Leroy Baker Jr., owner and operator of Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, has been fined more than $162,000 by the USDA for violating equine transport laws. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) filed a complaint against Baker in March 2008, alleging he violated the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.
SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers, you’ve had your warning. The Humane Society of the United States — the group who’s successfully outlawed hen cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in California, Arizona and Florida — has its eye on doing the same in the Buckeye State. The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to […]
COLUMBUS — Farmers know that agricultural equipment can cause compaction in no-till crop fields, but Ohio State University researchers have found that, depending on soil type, compaction can be severe and persist for years. Based on 20 years of compaction studies at various locations in Ohio, just one year of harvest traffic on clay soils […]