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N-P-K nightmares: Fertilizer prices force farms to cut back

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The price of anhydrous ammonia is up 55 percent. Straight urea, up 67 percent. Potash isn’t cheap either, up 55 percent. And those are just the increases recorded in the last six months. There have been astronomical increases across the board in fertilizer prices in the past months, and reason enough for […]

The ag credit crunch: Loans still available, but low interest rates not

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Farmers probably will not have trouble securing operating loans and farm capital after the most recent financial crisis, but when they do, they’ll be paying more for them. That’s according to Larry Davis, vice president of the KeyBank Food and Agribusiness Team, a $100-million lender in the Great Lakes region. “The availability […]

Make sure your sheep are earning their keep

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

By ROGER A. HIGH Ohio State University Extension COLUMBUS — With increasing production costs, livestock producers really need to evaluate each animal and decide whether that animal is a productive creature or “just on the payroll.” Marginal producing ewes and rams should not be maintained in the flock. Culling is one of the tools that […]

New record set: Tomato tips scale at 4.48 pounds

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CANFIELD, Ohio — Duane Perry of North Lawrence, Ohio, set a new state record for the heaviest tomato ever grown in the Buckeye State. The tomato was officially inspected and weighed Oct. 4 at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh off in Canfield, Ohio. His massive tomato nearly covered the paper plate it […]

Holmes County celebrates 4-H clubs

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Ohio — The 2008 Holmes County 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet, Life is a highway: Make every mile a memory, marked the end of the 4-H year and miles of memories for members and volunteers alike. Shaver At the banquet, Eric Shaver received the 2008 Friend of 4-H award. Shaver owns the East Holmes […]

Farm expenditures hit record high

Friday, October 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — U.S. farm production expenditures totaled $260 billion in 2007, up 9.3 percent from the revised 2006 total of $238 billion.

Ag Encounter

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hundreds of fourth graders swarmed through the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Oct. 7-8 to get a glimpse of how agriculture affects everything from their shoes to their snacks.

Always a farmer at heart: Cattleman finds lifelong dream on Jefferson County hillsides

Thursday, October 16, 2008

HAMMONDSVILLE, Ohio — Herman Howell leans off the gas pedal and lets the shadow of his F-250 creep across the ridge, barely moving along the wire fenceline. The setting sun casts its last rays onto the yellow-orange and bright red maples and oaks, letting their blackened outlines hide the herd of black Angus cows grazing […]

Timely tips to help beef producers get through hard times

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

With high feed, seed, fuel and fertilizer costs, beef producers need to consider alternative approaches to feeding and managing their herds.

Milk transport system demonstrated

Friday, October 10, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. — For more than two years, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture researchers have been heading up a project aimed at improving food safety and defense measures associated with bulk milk transport.

Country-of-origin labeling rule gets chilly reception

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The latest brouhaha stems from the USDA’s interpretation of COOL.

Mahoning Farm Bureau celebrates achievements

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Mahoning County Farm Bureau celebrated a year of successful programs at its annual meeting. The county received Excellence Awards in the organization and public policy programming areas. It was also awarded the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation President’s Award for top overall programming.

Ashland County Fair livestock auction results

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Ashland County Fair.

A new direction for direct marketing

Thursday, September 25, 2008

LONDON, Ohio — Fresh Fork Market in Cleveland, Ohio, is changing the rules of direct farm marketing. Fresh Fork isn’t a farmers’ market or a co-op or a community supported agriculture program. It is a supply chain company that allows Cleveland-area farmers to compete for the business of local restaurants. It works like this: When […]

Farmers recognized for conservation

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ohio’s top conservation farm families for 2008 were honored for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation during ceremonies at Farm Science Review Sept. 18.

Farm Science Review blasted by Hurricane Ike

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tents went flying. So did portable toilets. And when the high winds from Hurricane Ike died down, the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, home of the Farm Science Review ag expo, looked like a war zone.

Morrow County Fair livestock auction results

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Morrow County Fair.

Hancock County Fair livestock auction results

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Hancock County Oldtime Fair.

West Alexander Fair livestock auction results

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s West Alexander, Pa., Fair.

Scenes from this year’s Farm Science Review

Friday, September 19, 2008

If you didn’t get to this year’s Farm Science Review, here are some of the sights you missed.

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