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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Natural Recourses Committee will hold its second annual Daffodil Drive-It-Yourself Tour of Carroll County April 19 with map and trip program pick-up at the Carroll County Fairgrounds from 1-4 p.m. The stops will be open from 1-6 p.m. Dinner The Carroll County Fair Barn […]
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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board decided April 1 it would not try to capture additional premiums on Pennsylvania milk sold in other marketing areas.
SALEM, Ohio — Dairymen in Columbiana and Mahoning counties are among the best in Ohio, and Friday they took home armfuls of awards to prove it.
MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — Holmes County dairy producers were recognized for their accomplishments during the annual dairy recognition banquet March 30 at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mount Hope. Awards Hal and Rod Hunsberger had the high Holstein herd in the county among herds over 50 cows with 29,148 pounds of milk, 1,113 pounds of fat, […]
COLUMBUS — Cheaper seed and lucrative premiums are driving more crop producers to plant non-genetically modified soybeans this year. U.S. soybean production is 95 percent dominated by genetically modified Round Up Ready soybeans. Trend However, a small percentage of that crop — perhaps 5 percent — will be planted to non-GM soybeans and the trend […]
WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket dropped slightly for the second consecutive quarter, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare a meal was $47.41, down about 5.5 percent or $2.80 from the fourth […]
WOOSTER, Ohio — With the current economic downturn, farmers may be scrutinizing the future of their operations and a financial planning tool offered by Ohio State University Extension is available to evaluate the health of on-farm businesses. FINPACK FINPACK (Farm Financial Planning and Analysis) is a nationally known agricultural software package designed to aid in […]
COLUMBUS — A new livestock insurance program that pays out when milk income, minus the feed expenses, declines below a set level, could mean the difference between business survival or bankruptcy for struggling dairy producers. The Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance product, originally developed by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation for feeder cattle and hog […]
COLUMBUS — Corn acreage in the United States is down and soybean acreage is up for 2009, according to the USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report. But the shift is not as great as the markets expected. Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist, said that high fertilizer prices, high input costs for corn, and poor […]
A new pilot project in Wayne County, Ohio, hopes to transform manure from what some would consider waste into a marketable product that could be bartered among agricultural producers or sold to gardeners, landscapers and others seeking a “green” source of high-quality fertilizer.
[Corrected April 1, 2009, 11:45 a.m.] SALEM, Ohio — Farmers who apply pesticides on fields near waterways may soon need permits to do so. That’s according to a recent ruling by the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which says pesticides are pollutants and will require farmers to secure a Clean Water Act permit before […]
WASHINGTON — The USDA is transferring approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic feeding programs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the goal is to help support both low-income families struggling to put nutritious food on their […]
Ohio hog producers had 1.97 million hogs on hand March 1, 2009, up 2 percent from last quarter and up 6 percent from a year ago. U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2009, was 65.4 million head, down 3 percent from March 1, 2008, and down 2 percent from December 1, 2008.
ATHENS, Ohio — One hundred-five black bear sightings were reported in 21 Ohio counties last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Confirmed sightings Of that number, state wildlife personnel confirmed 38 sightings, a similar count to the 39 confirmed sightings in 2007. The confirmed sightings of 2008 occurred in […]
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SALEM, Ohio — One dairy farm, unable to harvest any crop from a specific field for years, now routinely gets 175-bushel-per-acre corn for silage from it. On another farm several counties away, yields in a small riverbottom field jumped from 30 bushels per acre to a whopping 205 bushels per acre last year. They’re both […]