SCENERY HILL, Pa. — A person can be defined by the books they read and the people they choose to spend time with, says Alisa Fasnacht, co-owner of Emerald Valley Artisan Cheese in Scenery Hill, Pa. For Fasnacht and her husband, Alan, the ability to network and the inspiration they have found in books helped […]
(Part II of a two-part series.) SALEM, Ohio — Social media users have many reasons for investing time online. For three agricultural individuals, it’s a combination of networking, consumer education and direct marketing — all in different ways. Mike Haley of West Salem, Ohio, decided to set up a Twitter account after hearing about it […]
D.C. Campbell continues to follow her passion: Building a horse training and rehabilitation business for Thoroughbreds.
An innovative gardening program is launched at Stark County Jail with the hopes of helping those in need.
URBANA, Ill. — The need to slow the rate of consumption of soybeans is a well-known fact and there are a few indications that rationing has begun, but more confirmation is needed.
BUTLER, Pa. — What do a gray goose, 100 Black Angus cattle, a bride and pancakes have in common? All of them have a place at Butler County’s Armstrong Farms, which is owned by John and Kathy Allen. Best of both The Allens have woven together agriculture and tourism — the county’s top two industries […]
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Mozart composed music at only 5 years old. Similarly, Chris McConnell’s career as an artist began when he was only 5 years old. “My sister was coloring, and I thought, ‘I can do a lot better than her,’” he said. From painting to drawing to working with metal, the now 23-year-old Mesopotamia […]
(Part I of a two-part series.) SALEM, Ohio — Are you a fan of Ohio Hog Farmers on Facebook? Have you RT’d Ohio Farm Bureau’s latest tweet yet? Not sure what I’m asking? You might want to start familiarizing yourself with these social networking sites and the related lingo.
FARMDALE, Ohio — For the Hall family of Hallbrook Farm in Farmdale, Ohio, the success of the herd can be attributed to two things: setting goals and paying attention to details.
A Carrollton farmer finds a balance between keeping the soil healthy and creating a profit.
A Summitville family is taking what others would discard and burn and turning it into a profit.
WASHINGTON — Soil moisture is essential for seeds to germinate and for crops to grow. But record droughts and scorching temperatures in certain parts of the globe in recent years have caused soil to dry up, crippling crop production. The falling food supply in some regions has forced prices upward, pushing staple foods out of […]
During a recent forum in Kentucky, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touched on many issues facing his department, including climate change and animal identification.
On-farm composting cooperatives in five Pennsylvania counties may hold more benefits than farmers realize.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The effects of the economy can be observed in many places today — in the automotive industry, in tourism and hospitality services, and, if the proposed Senate budget passes, at Pennsylvania fairs and shows.
Many Ford vehicles on the road today, including the Mustang, F-150, Focus and Lincoln MKS, use foam seating components made out of soybeans.
WOOSTER, Ohio — Homeowners, arborists and tree-care professionals can now access unbiased, science-based information to determine whether or not to treat ash trees for emerald ash borer, which insecticide may be better suited for a particular tree and when and how treatments should be made for best results. Bulletin The new guidelines and a summary […]
URBANA, Ill. — June Dairy Month marks the midpoint of 2009, a year that clearly will not be “kind” to dairy producers, said a University of Illinois Extension dairy specialist. “Dairy managers are recording huge financial losses,” said Mike Hutjens. “Milk prices dropped nearly 40 percent starting last January, reaching less than $12 per hundred […]
AMES, Iowa — The recent H1N1 influenza epidemic has raised many questions about how animal viruses move to human populations. Potential route One potential route is through veterinarians, who, according to a new report by University of Iowa College of Public Health researchers, are at markedly increased risk of infection with zoonotic pathogens — the […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning residents of Forward Township in Evans City, Butler County, that giant hogweed, a noxious and invasive weed that can cause blistering and scarring on the skin of susceptible people, has been confirmed in their area.