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USDA: No referendum on soybean checkoff

Friday, July 17, 2009

ST. LOUIS — There won’t be a vote on the soybean checkoff this year. The USDA received requests from only about one-tenth of 1 percent of all U.S. soybean growers to hold a referendum on the soybean checkoff. USDA received only 759 requests — out of the 589,182 eligible farmers — for referendum forms at […]

Belmont Co. cattle farm is regional winner of environmental award

Friday, July 17, 2009

DENVER — An eastern Ohio beef operation was named a regional winner of the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, held the week of July 17 in Denver, Colo. Richard and Jayne Young of Young’s Cattle Company in Belmont, Ohio, were nominated by the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and […]

Organic crops succeeding in Ohio

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Organic farming increasing, even in down economy.

Washington Co. cattleman relies on wife, faith for helping raise Angus

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

COAL CENTER, Pa. — For Paul Salansky of Coal Center, Pa., raising Angus cattle is more than just a hobby or a pastime. It’s all about faith, family and friendly competition.

Harrison County Fair 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Harrison County fair ended its yearly run with nice sunny weather and higher sale prices this year. The sale garnered $12,672.76 more than the 2008 Junior Fair livestock sale. One of the biggest price increases was found in the steer sale ring. The grand champion steer earned $5.50 per pound compared to last year […]

Ohio Angus show draws 103 head

Monday, July 13, 2009

COLUMBUS — Angus enthusiasts showed 103 entries at the 2009 Ohio Angus Association Preview and Junior Preview Show, June 28, in Columbus. Steve Patton, Frankfort, Ind., evaluated the seven steers, eight cow-calf pairs, 11 bulls, and 83 females. An additional three bulls and three females were exhibited in only the open show. S S C […]

Honors abound at convention for Holstein Association USA members

Sunday, July 12, 2009

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Holstein Association USA board of directors held its summer meeting June 26-27 in Sacramento, Calif. and awards those who are striving to improve the Holstein breed. Young breeder award. Honors were abound at the convention with two brothers earning the Holstein Association USA’s 2009 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders award. Jan and […]

Youth compete at Keystone Classic

Saturday, July 11, 2009

PROSPECT, Pa. — The Northwest Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the annual Keystone Junior Beef Classic May 23 and 24. Exhibitors came from Maryland, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania to compete for prizes. Breeds included Angus, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental and cross-bred. Overall, 129 breeding stock and 92 steers were shown by 127 youth. […]

Learn to manage your manure: Ohio State University can help

Friday, July 10, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Learn the best ways to manage manure, use it on your land and know if you’re doing it right at Ohio State University’s 2009 Manure Science Review.

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, […]

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