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Another fair season down in the books

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Southwestern Pennsylvania fair exhibitors earned highest bids across region; new records set in hogs, steers.

How big is your carbon footprint?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

These days, it’s all about being green. From our water bottles to our vehicles, Americans look for products that are kind to the environment, promote conservation and create sustainability.

Quality-Quest Holsteins top fall sale

Friday, November 14, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — Quality-Quest Gib Breeze displayed her show winning style as she paraded the sale ring at the Ohio Holstein Association Fall Quality Sale held Nov. 1 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster. When the gavel fell at $6,000, Kurt Wyler, Fresno, Ohio, became her new owner. Numerous ribbons A daughter of Silky Gibson, […]

Global agricultural machinery market to cross $100 billion by 2015

Friday, November 14, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The global market for agricultural equipment is forecast to witness modest pace of growth with developing economies offsetting the impact of slower growing developed world.

California bans gestation crates, hen cages; which state is next?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — What happens in California doesn’t necessarily stay in California — and that should have farmers nationwide waiting with their eyes wide open. In this week’s election, Golden State voters passed an initiative that bans several tried-and-true ag production tools, including gestation crates, laying hen cages and veal crates. Ag groups on the […]

Ag groups give input to Obama, Biden, on where to go from here

Thursday, November 13, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — No matter if they appeared to support him during the campaign or not, many ag groups have issued statements in the past week regarding Barack Obama’s historic election as the 44th President of the United States. Here, their thoughts on what issues are most important to the new administration, and where the […]

Don Smith, City of Ravenna lauded for conservation efforts by Portage County SWCD

Thursday, November 13, 2008

RAVENNA, Ohio — Farmer Don Smith and the City of Ravenna were applauded for their natural resource conservation efforts when the Portage Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual meeting Nov. 6 at the Maplewood JVS. Cooperation Smith, who farms near Rootstown with his wife, Pam, was recognized for years of working with the […]

High feed costs kill profits

Thursday, November 6, 2008

URBANA, Ill. — Dairy producers likely face negative profit margins this year as feed costs exceed milk prices, according to a new University of Illinois Extension study.

Jefferson Co. SWCD celebrates a good year

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio — Eight years ago, Eugene Battlochi decided to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion on his Ross Township farm in Jefferson County. He turned to local conservation agencies for help and since then, the beef farmer has installed fencing, water systems, an access road and livestock use protection area to safeguard environmentally […]

Wayne County honors 4-H leaders at banquet

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

ORRVILLE, Ohio — When it comes to making the best better, no one does it better than Wayne County 4-H volunteers, according to Bob Troutman, president of the Wayne County Agricultural Society and a former extension educator and 4-H volunteer. Troutman told the audience at the 2008 Wayne County 4-H recognition banquet that while the […]

Meeting paves the way for paying farmers to capture greenhouse gases

Monday, November 3, 2008

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Supported by science and spurred by emerging markets, more than 80 participants in an international workshop on carbon sequestration called on world policymakers to focus research and create fair-priced carbon offset markets that would pay farmers to adopt conservation agriculture practices that will capture carbon in the soil.

Fed files anti-trust lawsuit to block beef merger

Thursday, October 30, 2008

If merged, JBS would become the largest U.S. beef packer, with price implications on the farm and at the grocery store.

Giant pumpkins weigh-off in Canfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CANFIELD, Ohio — Quinn Werner of Saegerstown, Pa., claimed his fifth championship at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers weigh-off with a 1,521.5-pound pumpkin. This was the third largest pumpkin grown in the world this year, missing the world championship by 15 pounds. Werner claimed the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth’s Grower of the Year award with […]

Energy costs, particularly gas prices, a ‘serious hardship’ for Ohioans

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rural Ohio and ‘exurbia’ hit hardest by ‘energy tax.’

Copes win Columbiana SWCD award

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Tom Cope family was honored with Columbiana SWCD’s annual Cooperator of the Year award.

Don’t get burned: Make fire safety a priority

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Every year, hundreds of barns around the country go up in smoke. In many cases, hay, straw, machinery and livestock are also lost in these fiery tragedies. But the good news is that nearly all barn fires are preventable. “The only fire you cannot prevent is arson,” said Laurie Loveman, an officer […]

N-P-K nightmares: Fertilizer prices force farms to cut back

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The price of anhydrous ammonia is up 55 percent. Straight urea, up 67 percent. Potash isn’t cheap either, up 55 percent. And those are just the increases recorded in the last six months. There have been astronomical increases across the board in fertilizer prices in the past months, and reason enough for […]

The ag credit crunch: Loans still available, but low interest rates not

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Farmers probably will not have trouble securing operating loans and farm capital after the most recent financial crisis, but when they do, they’ll be paying more for them. That’s according to Larry Davis, vice president of the KeyBank Food and Agribusiness Team, a $100-million lender in the Great Lakes region. “The availability […]

Make sure your sheep are earning their keep

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

By ROGER A. HIGH Ohio State University Extension COLUMBUS — With increasing production costs, livestock producers really need to evaluate each animal and decide whether that animal is a productive creature or “just on the payroll.” Marginal producing ewes and rams should not be maintained in the flock. Culling is one of the tools that […]

New record set: Tomato tips scale at 4.48 pounds

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CANFIELD, Ohio — Duane Perry of North Lawrence, Ohio, set a new state record for the heaviest tomato ever grown in the Buckeye State. The tomato was officially inspected and weighed Oct. 4 at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh off in Canfield, Ohio. His massive tomato nearly covered the paper plate it […]

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