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Ohio church serves God, community with small-scale urban gardening

Thursday, July 9, 2009

NORTH LIMA, Ohio — Members of Common Ground Church Community in North Lima, Ohio, have the opportunity to begin their Sunday mornings a bit differently than most churchgoers — by watering and weeding in the church’s adjoining greenhouses and gardens.

Trumbull County Fair ends on sunny note

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Trumbull County Fair.

Due to very wet spring, beware of hot hay causing barn fires

Monday, July 6, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — This year’s unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that’s wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Often, farmers have reported they know the hay they are baling is wetter than they’d […]

Too many mouths, not enough food

Sunday, July 5, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — With the caloric needs of the planet expected to soar by 50 percent in the next 40 years, planning and investment in global agriculture will become critically important, according a new report released June 25. The report, produced by Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading global investment banks, in collaboration with […]

Just married: The story of two lovebirds

Saturday, July 4, 2009

By KAREN L. KIRSCH Contributing writer STOW, Ohio — Daniel Ryan of Stow, Ohio, is not your average guy on the street. The former horticulturist at Hale Farm and Village in Bath sometimes found himself called upon to harness and drive the farm’s team of Belgian draft horses and even the oxen. Little did Ryan […]

Ayrshire sets U.S. auction record at $24,500

Friday, July 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — The 2009 Grand National Ayrshire Sale was one to go down in breed history. Iowa Ayrshire breeders are known to do everything in style, and this sale was no exception. Consignments from across the U.S. and Canada congregated in Dubuque, Iowa, for the sale June 19. In spite of trying economic times, the […]

Ashtabula County crops shredded by hail

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ANDOVER, Ohio — Hail is believed to be the culprit behind widespread crop damage in an area an estimated 3 miles wide and 6 miles long in Ashtabula County. Weather report The storm began in the late afternoon July 25 between 4 and 5 p.m. but the toll won’t be completely known for at least […]

Ohio livestock standards board may be ballot bound this November

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The fourth week in June was an exciting one for livestock producers and agricultural organizations across the state of Ohio. Within a week, two similar bills, H.J.R. 2 and S.J.R. 6, were introduced and passed through the House of Representatives and Senate.

Jersey cows transcend language barrier

Monday, June 29, 2009

They spoke Japanese, German, Portuguese, English and Danish, but the universal language of individuals on the World Jersey Cattle Bureau tour of U.S. farms was the Jersey dairy cow.

Iowa State University researcher looks at the future of agriculture

Monday, June 29, 2009

AMES, Iowa — Dramatic price fluctuations, increasing demand, the food versus fuel debate and other events of the past year may have food producers wondering which way is up. Despite these recent uncertainties, ‘up’ is precisely the direction an Iowa State researcher believes agriculture is headed for at least the next 10 years.

Mercer County Dairy Princess crowned

Saturday, June 27, 2009

By CAROL ANN GREGG Farm and Dairy correspondent MERCER, Pa. — After much deliberation, judges selected Lena Aiken as 2009-10 Mercer County Dairy Princess. She is the daughter of Dave and Carol Aiken, New Wilmington. The alternates, both from the Grove City area, are Alisha Henry, daughter of Alan and Beverly Henry and Elizabeth Weber, […]

Senate, House pass livestock care ballot initiatve

Thursday, June 25, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The bills authorizing an agricultural ballot initiative, H.J.R. 2 and S.J.R. 6 have officially been passed through both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Senate.

Celebrate June Dairy Month with royalty

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pennsylvania dairy royalty includes, left to right: Chantal Guidice, Pa. Brown Swiss Miss, Beaver Co. Sarah Weimer, Pa. Guernsey Queen, Venango Co. Amanda Mitcheltree, Pa. Jersey Queen, Lawrence Co. LeeAnn Kapanick, Pa. State Dairy Princess, Crawford Co. Abigail Trotter, Pa. Alternate State Dairy Princess, Lawrence Co. SALEM, Ohio — June Dairy Month began more than […]

Ohio BioPreferred program could boost economy, agriculture

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ohio. Sen. Karen Gillmor has introduced S.B. 131, which would give preferred purchasing considerations by all state agencies and state universities to designated bio-based (BioPreferred) products.

Ohio studies livestock care ballot initiative

Monday, June 22, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Lawmakers are considering an amendment to Ohio’s constitution that will create and enforce guidelines for proper care of livestock and poultry.

Reviving American chestnuts may mitigate climate change

Monday, June 22, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University study shows that introducing a new hybrid of the American chestnut tree could not only bring back the all-but-extinct species, but also put a dent in the amount of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Harrison Co. family contends nothing is impossible with the help of others

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Encouraging good stewardship of the land is what an eastern Ohio family hopes to pass on to the next generation.

Misty Acres sets the bar for breed character

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Jackson Center couple is striving for excellence in their Cheviot herd.

Diversification may be key to farm survival in fourth farming generation

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Monroe’s Orchards has been in business for 71 years and now encompasses 140 acres.

Emerald Valley Artisan Cheese owner is ‘queen of collaboration’

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SCENERY HILL, Pa. — A person can be defined by the books they read and the people they choose to spend time with, says Alisa Fasnacht, co-owner of Emerald Valley Artisan Cheese in Scenery Hill, Pa. For Fasnacht and her husband, Alan, the ability to network and the inspiration they have found in books helped […]

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