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Survey reveals retail food prices drop slightly in last quarter of 2008

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. Informal survey The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $48.19, down about 1 percent or 49 cents […]

USDA issues final COOL rule

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA is releasing details of the final regulation for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program required by the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. The full text of the final rule will be published in the Jan. 15 Federal Register. The rule becomes effective March 16, 60 days after the date […]

Alaron Corp. receives award for conservation efforts

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Alaron Conservancy has received the Conservation Business of the Year award from the Lawrence County Conservation District.

Modified plants may yield more biofuel

Saturday, January 10, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Plants, genetically modified to ease the breaking down of their woody material, could be the key to a cheaper and greener way of making ethanol, according to researchers who add the approach also could help turn agricultural waste into food for livestock. Lignin Lignin, a major component of woody plant material, […]

Hog producers may see modest profits

Friday, January 9, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Hog producers may see modest profits in 2009, depending upon costs of production and other factors, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “The industry has had six consecutive quarters of losses from the final quarter of 2007 through the first quarter of 2009,” said Chris Hurt. “The return to profits sometime […]

Nine people to watch in 2009: Vogel, Obama, Vilsack, Pacelle, Crossen, Smith, Galbraith, Clatterbuck, Pryor/Clark

Thursday, January 8, 2009

If you don’t recognize these people by now, you will by the end of the year. Here are Farm and Dairy’s picks for Nine People to Watch in 2009.

Repeat after me: Only use antibiotics when they are absolutely necessary

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Antibiotic use in livestock cannot make up for poor management.

Human hair serves as fertilizer

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Agricultural crop production relies on composted waste materials and byproducts, such as animal manure, municipal solid waste composts, and sewage sludge, as a necessary nutrient source.

Appeals Court upholds decisions in MWCD maintenance assessment cases

Friday, January 2, 2009

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — Judges of the 5th District Court of Appeals have agreed with the decisions of a lower court that permit assessments of property owners by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District to fund a plan of maintenance and rehabilitation in the system of reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed.

The most popular stories on www.farmanddairy.com in 2008:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Here are the news stories you clicked again and again on our Web site in 2008, with starting with the “most clicked” at the top: Thursday, June 24, 2008 (and updated June 26) Pigeon King goes bankrupt Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Columbiana County man is using wind to power his home Thursday, July 3, 2008 […]

Farm and Dairy’s 2008 top stories in review

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weather woes Weather is always a hot topic in the farmhouse. In March, an ice storm hit northeastern Ohio and western Pa., followed by 23 inches of snow in some places. Snow emergencies were declared in 60 Ohio counties and homes and farms were without electricity for days. And in September, remnants of Hurricane Ike […]

Blending wall hinders ethanol growth

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ethanol production opened the door to the renewable fuels industry. The industry now must get past an imposing wall of federal regulations and market conditions if it hopes to grow, said a Purdue University agricultural economist. “The ethanol industry is now faced with what is called a ‘blending wall,’” said Wally […]

Tight feeder supplies the issue in 2009

Monday, December 29, 2008

Cattle feeders’ No. 1 concern was feed inputs. Not any more, says Mike Sands of Informa Economics. The market analyst predicts corn will not stay as low as $3 per bushel (bu.) for long, but the new trading levels for corn may be of little consequence compared to the declining feeder calf supply. Biggest hurdle […]

Food prices show no sign of declining

Friday, December 26, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The year 2008 was an interesting economic year. Housing prices fell. The dollar weakened, strengthened a bit and then weakened again.

ACRE program signup set for spring

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

USDA farm programs: Advance direct and counter-cyclical payments started in December.

Obama taps Iowa’s Tom Vilsack as ag secretary

Monday, December 22, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama selected former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as his choice for the next U.S. secretary of agriculture.

Ohioans prefer locally grown food

Monday, December 22, 2008

COLUMBUS — In 2008, Ohioans continued to support local food systems, with the number reporting “frequently” purchasing locally grown or produced foods remaining steady since 2006.

Organic food co-op raid sparks court case against health department, ODA

Friday, December 19, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Legal action has been taken on behalf of a Lorain County farm family that says a raid on their property earlier this month violated their constitutional rights. The Buckeye Institute‘s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Dec. 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court […]

Put farm taxes on your to-do list

Friday, December 19, 2008

It’s not to late to make changes for tax purposes. This year farmers have more alternatives to consider with respect to cost recovery or depreciation on assets that they placed in service during 2008.

U.S. fertilizer prices are beginning to fall at the wholesale level

Friday, December 19, 2008

WASHINGTON — After increasing for six consecutive years, U.S. fertilizer prices are finally beginning to fall at the wholesale level, according to a report by the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Up until very recently, fertilizer prices were astronomical at both the wholesale and retail level,” said American Farm Bureau Federation senior economist Terry Francl. “Fertilizer […]

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