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DFA and two former execs hit with $12 million penalty

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America, its former chief executive officer, Gary Hanman, and its former chief financial officer Gerald Bos will pay a $12 million civil monetary penalty for attempting to manipulate the Class III milk futures contract and exceeding speculative position limits in that contract. The settlement was announced Dec. 16 by the […]

Ohio agriculture state of the state: A view from the farm

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Looking back over the past year brings one phrase to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s according to Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, who shared an overview of the past year in agriculture during a seminar at the Ohio Farm Bureau […]

Looking for December optimism in USDA report

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The stage seems to be set for recovery in the grain markets.

Dexters: Small cattle with big potential

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The first time Marcia Read heard about Dexter cattle, there was no question about it. She had to have some. Read was infatuated with the Dexters’ small stature, versatility and ability to eat almost anything. These unique, pony-sized cattle were perfect for her farm and it wasn’t long before she bought a small, dairy-type cow named Peerless Chopper.

American Soybean Association: Checkoff funds being mishandled

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Huge rift between U.S. soybean producer boards. The American Soybean Association is blasting the United Soybean Board, raising “serious ethical, legal, and financial allegations” about how farmer checkoff funds and program activities are being conducted.

High tunnels are terrific for tasty tomatoes

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fred Forsburg’s tomatoes are perfect — tough to do in a certified organic operation where no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used. The Livonia farmer’s secret? Growing tomatoes in high tunnels.

Soybean leader Steve St. Martin to retire

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The last three decades of Ohio soybean production have been good ones, marked by improved Phytophthora cultivars, a new market for tofu soybeans and one of the most popular soybean varieties ever grown in Ohio. Much of that success has been at the hands of Steve St. Martin, a soybean breeder at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. But on Jan. 1, St. Martin, who has headed the soybean breeding program at the center since 1991, will retire and pass the torch to a new faculty member.

A friend of the farmer

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown received a Friend of Farm Bureau Award from the Ohio organization during its annual meeting Dec. 3-5 in Columbus. The award is given to legislators who have supported important agricultural issues. Brown serves on the Senate agriculture committee, marking the first time an Ohioan has done that in nearly half a […]

Jefferson County couple wins Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer award

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COLUMBUS — A Jefferson County couple who has tweaked a successful farm business to stay profitable and in business was lauded as Outstanding Young Farm Couple last week during the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation‘s annual meeting. Robert and Autumn Morrison of Bloomingdale will represent Ohio next month at the national contest during the American Farm […]

Ohio Farm Bureau makes changes to memberships, youth program

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COLUMBUS — With blessing from county delegates, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation staffers will push forth in 2009 with the state’s plan to implement a changed timeline for signing new members. Some 341 county delegates convened in Columbus Dec. 3-5 to recommend policy and amend code of the organization. During more than a day of policy […]

Ohio corn performance trial yields all over the place

Monday, December 8, 2008

Picking a corn hybrid based on this year’s Ohio State University Corn Performance Trials will be tricky.

Ag economy: Wreck or pot of gold?

Monday, December 8, 2008

COLUMBUS — It came as no surprise when economists said in late November that the American economy is, indeed, in the throes of recession. Has been for nearly a year, they asserted. And the public just laughed, almost congratulating the government for seeing what most average Joe’s pocketbook was already showing. But for one section […]

Penn Stater immersed in Pennsylvania deer study

Friday, December 5, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Andrew Norton is well aware of how controversial and political deer management is in Pennsylvania. That’s one reason why the graduate student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is so fascinated by it. A dedicated and passionate deer hunter from Minnesota who is pursuing a master’s degree in wildlife and […]

Pennsylvania FFA: From trash to tractor

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It started with an ad on eBay. Someone in Pymatuning, Pa., was getting rid of a rusted, broken-down 1937 Farmall F12 and at $535, Kenny and Brandon Ball thought it was a pretty good deal. The father-son team liked to restore antique tractors and they thought that parts from the F12 could be used on one of their current projects. It was 2001 when they bought the tractor and took it to their New Castle, Pa., home. Brandon was only 9 years old.

Simmons adds 190,000 bushels storage

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Customer demand for more space allowed Simmons Grain Company, on the south side of Salem, to recently complete a massive expansion. According to Jeff Simmons, who owns and operates the business with his family, the new equipment includes three storage bins, a load-out bin, new grain dryer and dump pit, and a […]

Corn growers in court to protest VeraSun’s corn contract woes

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ST. LOUIS — National Corn Growers Association Chairman Ron Litterer and others have filed a formal objection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware regarding the proposed disposition of corn contracts by VeraSun Energy Corporation. Litterer, a corn grower from Greene, Iowa, has an outstanding contract to deliver corn to VeraSun. Rejection He filed the […]

Ohio faces $7 billion budget deficit

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

COLUMBUS — The federal government has made it official: We’re in a recession. It’s no surprise to most Ohioans, and certainly not to Gov. Ted Strickland, who decreed Dec. 1 that Ohio faces a $7 billion budget deficit in the upcoming 2010-2011 budget.

Calling for the crown

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

There was an anxious buzz in the air at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Co. Nov. 18. In a small room at the back of the building, 28 auctioneers crowded together, each one waiting for his chance to take the auction block.

Dairy herd profitability: It’s all in the details

Friday, November 21, 2008

It was a lofty title for a program — the Pennsylvania Dairy Profitability Forum — but the take-home message was well-grounded: Get better first.

American Angus Association inducts Angus Heritage Foundation honorees

Friday, November 21, 2008

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The American Angus Association board of directors selected five individuals for induction to the Angus Heritage Foundation. Each year, a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions by dedicating their time, knowledge and efforts to the improvement and advancement of the Angus breed are inducted into the foundation. Inductees […]

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