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 […]
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.
On-farm composting cooperatives in five Pennsylvania counties may hold more benefits than farmers realize.
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.
Many Ford vehicles on the road today, including the Mustang, F-150, Focus and Lincoln MKS, use foam seating components made out of soybeans.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
California milk producers trying to increase market prices are encouraging dairymen to dump their milk May 31 and June 1.
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 […]
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. […]
For 63 years, an Ashland County man has played his own tribute on Memorial Day to those who serve.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]