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Sen. Sherrod Brown anounces more than $4 million to support Ohio agriculture

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, applauded passage of The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which includes $4,013,000 in funds to targeted programs and services that support Ohio farmers.

Ohio farmers face uphill climb in D.C.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ohio farm leaders were in Washington March 9-11 to talk to their legislators about agricultural issues that affect them back at home — issues that have been on the Farm Bureau plate before and show no signs of going away.

Take a virtual tour of corn ethanol plant March 13

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering wraps up its winter seminar series at noon March 13 with “A Virtual Tour of an Ohio Corn Ethanol Plant” by Fred Michel, an associate professor in the department. Michel’s research focuses on, among other things, developing new or improved bioprocessing technologies. Attend […]

Ohio farmers have planted more than 1 million acres of wheat this season

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio farmers have planted more than a million acres of wheat this season, the second year that seeding has surged over the 1 million mark. According to the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service, farmers planted 1.02 million acres, slightly down from the 1.12 million acres planted in 2008, but still 20 percent higher […]

Youth archers target state tournament success

Monday, March 9, 2009

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The whistle blows. Meagan Gravlee calmly walks to the rack of bows and selects her favorite. She strides to her mark, 10 meters from the target. Carefully loading an arrow, the archer stares straight ahead at the goal. Raising her bow, she takes aim. She fires. Bulls-eye.

Stomping out strangles in horses: A researcher’s new vaccine may help

Sunday, March 8, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Swollen lymph nodes beneath your jaw are a common occurrence in human medicine. While they are not usually a major concern to physicians, mention to an equine veterinarian that your horse has large swellings on the side of its neck and their reaction is quite the opposite. “Strangles is a highly contagious […]

Financial outlook for pork producers may be returning to profitability

Saturday, March 7, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Pork producers should be “conservative and defensive” this year even though profitability may be on the horizon, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Sugarcreek auction fined $162,800 for equine violations

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leroy Baker Jr., owner and operator of Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, has been fined more than $162,000 by the USDA for violating equine transport laws. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) filed a complaint against Baker in March 2008, alleging he violated the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.

Humane society: Ohio, here we come

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers, you’ve had your warning. The Humane Society of the United States — the group who’s successfully outlawed hen cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in California, Arizona and Florida — has its eye on doing the same in the Buckeye State. The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to […]

Study on soil compaction goes deeper

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — Farmers know that agricultural equipment can cause compaction in no-till crop fields, but Ohio State University researchers have found that, depending on soil type, compaction can be severe and persist for years. Based on 20 years of compaction studies at various locations in Ohio, just one year of harvest traffic on clay soils […]

Obama: Cut direct farm payments

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The Washington winds shifted subtly with the release of the Obama administration’s first budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National collection helping to preserve heirloom sheep breeds

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

WASHINGTON — What do the Agricultural Research Service, George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and Colonial Williamsburg, Va., have in common? Here’s a hint: The answer has four legs and a woolly tail. Both the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which operates Washington’s estate, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates Colonial Williamsburg, maintain flocks of heirloom […]

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.

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