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Theft allegations surface at Witmer’s Feed and Grain, an eastern Ohio grain elevator

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The owner of Witmer’s Feed and Grain and a former manager go head to head in allegations made against each other.

Pa. Supreme Court ACRE law ruling is good news for state’s agriculture

Monday, May 4, 2009

CAMP HILL, Pa. — A new Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling enables the state attorney general to challenge local ordinances that illegally restrict agriculture, regardless of when they were adopted.

Spring shorthorn sale draws 27 head

Sunday, May 3, 2009

DOVER, Ohio — BWF GP Fool SW08, a May 2008 heifer, was named grand champion female at the Eastern Ohio Shorthorn Association spring sale at the Tuscawaras County Fairgrounds in Dover. This heifer was sired by CF Stonewall x and was consigned by Backwoods Farm, Johnstown, Ohio. She was purchased by Chuck Mettler, Perry, Ohio, […]

Operation SAFE provides inspections of aircraft and spray systems

Saturday, May 2, 2009

ALMA, Mich. — Many of the state’s aerial applicators demonstrated their aviation skills while the Michigan Department of Agriculture conducted precision, safety and security inspections of their aircraft and spray systems as part of the Michigan Operation SAFE Fly-In that was held April 22-23 at Al’s Aerial Spraying at the Alma Airport, Alma, Mich. Operation […]

Producers should maintain herd health amid swine flu outbreaks

Thursday, April 30, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The strain of swine flu suspected of sickening dozens of people in the United States and killing more than 150 in Mexico, known as the H1N1 virus, is a new strain that has never been found in U.S. swine herds. “Reports indicate that the H1N1 virus in the current outbreak is a […]

Annual Northern Classic Steer and Heifer Show was a success

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

JEFFERSON, Ohio –According to the Ashtabula County Cattleman’s Association and the OSU Extension office in Ashtabula County, the 12th annual Northern Classic Steer and Heifer Show held April 18 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds was a success. Sixty exhibitors from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan showed 71 animals. Tyler Neal from Bellevue, Mich., […]

U.S. pork supply is safe; this swine flu not spread by human-hog contact

Monday, April 27, 2009

Pork council races to stop any misunderstanding of the swine flu and impact on the nation’s pork supply.

Make sure your cattle aren’t bloated

Monday, April 27, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Beef producers should expand their knowledge about grass tetany and bloat to help keep their cows from expanding, said a Purdue University expert. The recent temperature change from cold to warm in the Eastern Corn Belt has many beef producers anxious to turn their cattle out to pasture. But Ron Lemenager, […]

Spring fever sale brings over $67,000 in bids

Sunday, April 26, 2009

MEADVILLE, Pa. — The Northwest Pa. Spring Fever Sale was held April 17 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, Meadville. The sale was co-managed by Pennsylvania Holstein Association, Crawford County Holstein Club and Uber Brothers. Results included: Lot 2 — $6,300 Highland-H Champ Cabaret-Et (Fall Calf) Sire: Calbrett-I HH Champion-Et Buyer: Michael and Vanessa Uber and […]

Packages well received: Companies send soldiers steaks

Saturday, April 25, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — More than 200 soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan recently received unexpected care packages, thanks to the generosity of Gary West Smoked Meats of Jacksonville and Certified Angus Beef LLC, Wooster, Ohio.

Another program offers $2.5 million in farmland preservation funds

Friday, April 24, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers can now apply to receive cash payouts in return for preserving their properties forever. Farm landowners can work with their township trustees, county commissioners or land trust group through May 27 to apply for a share of $2.5 million to be awarded through USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. […]

Ohio cropland values expected to drop

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Producers and landowners alike are being squeezed by high input costs and low commodity prices.

Report reveals farmers, ethanol not to blame for high food prices

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — American farmers deserve an apology, and leaders of the American Farm Bureau, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy are calling on Congress to make sure that happens. The demand comes on the heels of a government report issued earlier this month that admits American farmers and the still-blossoming […]

Tillage operations present options for seedbed preparation

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After a wet fall and spring, corn and soybean farmers must decide what field tillage operations are essential before planting the 2009 crop. “Where I think things are a little bit different in 2009 compared to a normal spring is there was less tillage done last fall than what may have […]

Battling compaction: No-till, controlled traffic a key

Monday, April 20, 2009

With compacted soils, farmers could lose 5 percent to 10 percent of their corn or soybean yields.

Study finds big shifts in Indiana immigrant trends since 1990

Sunday, April 19, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Today’s Indiana immigrant likely is Mexican or Asian, under 40, a blue-collar laborer and not as proficient in English as foreign-born people who came to the U.S. even 20 years ago, according to a Purdue University study. “The immigrant population is young, it’s growing and it is increasingly diverse,” said Brigitte […]

Pa. bull sale breaks records

Saturday, April 18, 2009

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — Eighty-one bulls, consigned by breeders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, broke two sale records at the 36th Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale March 27 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace. The bulls sold for a total of $169,950 — a record-high average of $2,099 per bull. Sale A […]

Food safety bills on plate in D.C.

Friday, April 17, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Spinach. Peanuts. Pistachios. Sprouts. Continued national food recalls because of possible contamination have triggered calls for stricter food safety measures for several years. Last year alone, more than 75 food safety legislative proposals were introduced in Congress, according to the Produce Marketing Association. But the calls are getting louder, and last month […]

Ag groups bypass EPA in effort to get pesticide permitting thrown out

Thursday, April 16, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The American Farm Bureau Federation and CropLife America last week bypassed the Environmental Protection Agency, asking to have the courts review a ruling that would require permits for pesticide use on farms nationwide. In early January, the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said common farm pesticides are pollutants and will require […]

Weed resistance to Roundup only matter of time

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Roundup Ready crops have made weed control much easier for farmers, but a new study shows their reliance on the technology may be weakening the herbicide’s ability to control weeds. Bill Johnson, a Purdue Extension weed specialist, said farmers who plant Roundup Ready crops and spray Roundup or glyphosate-based herbicides almost […]

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