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Ice cutting a tradition for Amish

Friday, February 27, 2009

HOWARD, Ohio — They say it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good. This cold January has certainly helped the fuel dealers, and it has put a thick layer of ice on farm ponds.

A lot to learn from cowboy poetry

Thursday, February 26, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — As best as Dean Armstrong can figure, he was at least 18 months old before he started writing. OK, maybe he wasn’t that young, but the cowboy poet has been filling up pages with his thoughts ever since he learned to spell. Anyone who writes knows words can be personal, but last […]

COOL will go forward as planned

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the final rule for the Country of Origin Labeling program will go into effect as scheduled March 16. He also released a letter inviting stakeholders to follow additional voluntary labeling practices. The rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 15, has been under regulatory review by […]

Pennsylvania program: Want free money? Sell carbon credits

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — It’ll be one of the easiest ways you’ll ever make money off your farmland. That’s what’s being said about carbon credit trading, and farmers in eight Pennsylvania counties have the chance to be among the first in the Keystone State to get involved and profit from doing, well, nothing. Pilot Gary Swan, […]

Farmers see a dramatic drop in dairy prices

Friday, February 20, 2009

A dismal decline in milk prices during recent months has left America’s dairy farmers facing devastating circumstances. Thanks to the global economic recession and growing dairy supplies, milk prices are down more than 50 percent from last summer. The tumble comes on the heels of all-time highs in 2007 and the second-highest level on record in 2008.

Tractor puller is ready for Last Ride

Thursday, February 19, 2009

James Wood (center) accepted a trophy in 1973 for taking first place in his class at the tractor pulling championship in Louisville, Ky. Now, he’s working on his final pulling tractor — a project he calls Last Ride.

Ag tire production keeps on rolling

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — They’re round and black and unless you’re a farmer, you don’t give farm tires a second thought. The ag world, however, has been paying very close attention to its tires — particularly since they’ve been in short supply for well over a year. Equipment manufacturers and tire dealers alike are breathing down […]

Geese around airports are more than a nuisance

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chances are, the flock of geese that U.S Airways Flight 1549 flew through Jan. 15 before crash landing in the Hudson River was not composed of migrating birds, according to wildlife experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

National Farm Machinery Show visitors, exhibitors ‘cautiously optimistic’

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Farmers were looking, perhaps dreaming a little, but many were also spending. Farm equipment and allied industry exhibitors were smiling, perhaps holding their breath a little, but many were also exhaling. The National Farm Machinery Show, Feb. 11-14, in Louisville, Ky., was a solid litmus test of agriculture’s state of mind. Would […]

Chronic wasting disease not detected in Ohio deer

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

COLUMBUS — For the seventh straight year, testing of Ohio’s deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease, a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. Results According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 1,021 samples last […]

Only a farmer’s love …

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mahoning County farmer Ed Schaefer Jr. decided to skip the flowers, chocolates and mushy card for his wife, Jen, and made a more public statement last weekend for Valentine’s Day. “There’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a load of manure, is there?” he joked. Schaefer spread his love — and […]

Scenes from the National Farm Machinery Show

Friday, February 13, 2009

Planters, sprayers, fencing, metal cleaners, forage seeders — you can find just about everything at the National Farm Machinery Show, Feb. 11-14, in Louisville, Ky. Farm and Dairy visited the Big Show Thursday and Friday, and didn’t get to see nearly everything we wanted to, but we did get around. Here are some of the […]

View from The Pit at the National Farm Machinery Show

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Even though the lights flickered off and on intermittently on Wednesday (and finally went off at 5 p.m., stayed off, but came on in time for the evening’s tractor pull), it didn’t seem to faze visitors to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.

Wayne County farm gets $250,000 clean coal grant

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority has approved a $250,000 grant to co-fund the design of a 10 million BTU hybrid fluidized bed gasifier for use in heating greenhouses at Cedar Lane Farms in Wooster, Ohio.

Farmers see 2008 CAUV rates increase

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An increase in 2008 Current Agricultural Use Value rates has many Ohio farmers wondering what happened to a program that typically helps them save a substantial amount of money on property taxes.

Sweet Harts: Nuts and chocolatey confections replace syrup as Hart family signature

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BURTON, Ohio — Pecan turtles, the gooey caramel and nut confections dunked in dark or milk chocolate, are piled in the showcase. Decadent truffles drizzled with thin wisps of pink chocolate rest nearby, bordered by golden trays of peanut butter buckeyes almost as big as grapefruits. It’s every chocoholic‘s dream to be surrounded by pound […]

2007 Census of Agriculture: Agriculture’s ‘middle’ slipping away

Monday, February 9, 2009

The latest Census of Agriculture shows more U.S. farms than in 2007, but Ohio farms decreased by 2.5 percent. Nationally, there are a lot more very small farms, and a lot more very large farms.

Payment program aids dairy producers

Sunday, February 8, 2009

COLUMBUS — With milk prices collapsing following two years of historical highs, an old dairy program reauthorized by the 2008 farm bill may aid dairy producers by adding additional income over the coming months. Dairy producers are being encouraged to sign up for the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) — a program that provides monthly […]

Watch love grow

Friday, February 6, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Anyone can give chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but now there’s a vegetable that allows you to declare your undying devotion. The I Love You Bean is rather self-explanatory — it’s a lima bean with the words I Love You etched onto the bean. As it sprouts, the words of affection appear. It’s […]

Made it to Christmas! A plebe’s life

Thursday, February 5, 2009

(Editor’s note: Weston Boose, a 4-H’er from rural Norwalk, Ohio, and son of Terry and Mary Lisa Boose, is starting college life at the U.S. Military Academy. This is the third in an occasional series by contributing writer Judy Kocab on Boose’s first year in the academy, where the battlecry of “Duty. Honor. Country.” still […]

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