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View from The Pit at the National Farm Machinery Show

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Even though the lights flickered off and on intermittently on Wednesday (and finally went off at 5 p.m., stayed off, but came on in time for the evening’s tractor pull), it didn’t seem to faze visitors to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.

Wayne County farm gets $250,000 clean coal grant

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority has approved a $250,000 grant to co-fund the design of a 10 million BTU hybrid fluidized bed gasifier for use in heating greenhouses at Cedar Lane Farms in Wooster, Ohio.

Farmers see 2008 CAUV rates increase

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An increase in 2008 Current Agricultural Use Value rates has many Ohio farmers wondering what happened to a program that typically helps them save a substantial amount of money on property taxes.

Sweet Harts: Nuts and chocolatey confections replace syrup as Hart family signature

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BURTON, Ohio — Pecan turtles, the gooey caramel and nut confections dunked in dark or milk chocolate, are piled in the showcase. Decadent truffles drizzled with thin wisps of pink chocolate rest nearby, bordered by golden trays of peanut butter buckeyes almost as big as grapefruits. It’s every chocoholic‘s dream to be surrounded by pound […]

2007 Census of Agriculture: Agriculture’s ‘middle’ slipping away

Monday, February 9, 2009

The latest Census of Agriculture shows more U.S. farms than in 2007, but Ohio farms decreased by 2.5 percent. Nationally, there are a lot more very small farms, and a lot more very large farms.

Payment program aids dairy producers

Sunday, February 8, 2009

COLUMBUS — With milk prices collapsing following two years of historical highs, an old dairy program reauthorized by the 2008 farm bill may aid dairy producers by adding additional income over the coming months. Dairy producers are being encouraged to sign up for the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) — a program that provides monthly […]

Watch love grow

Friday, February 6, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Anyone can give chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but now there’s a vegetable that allows you to declare your undying devotion. The I Love You Bean is rather self-explanatory — it’s a lima bean with the words I Love You etched onto the bean. As it sprouts, the words of affection appear. It’s […]

Made it to Christmas! A plebe’s life

Thursday, February 5, 2009

(Editor’s note: Weston Boose, a 4-H’er from rural Norwalk, Ohio, and son of Terry and Mary Lisa Boose, is starting college life at the U.S. Military Academy. This is the third in an occasional series by contributing writer Judy Kocab on Boose’s first year in the academy, where the battlecry of “Duty. Honor. Country.” still […]

Vet check: A look at the shortage of food animal vets

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Recovering from a flurry of phone calls and swamped workdays — problem calvings, twisted stomachs, downed cows — Jason Marteney sees today as a welcomed break. Just a few stops on his schedule, a few scrubs of his boots and candid chats with farmers, and he’ll be home free. The young veterinarian, […]

Camelina crop may save the day for northwest Pa. farmers, landowners

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — A rather low-budget, low-input crop may be a boon to northwest Pennsylvania farmers. Camelina sativa, an oilseed from the Brassica family, is a valuable crop for biofuel production. Already in production in Crawford County, with a demanding market in place nearby, camelina is poised to be a real moneymaker. Spread the […]

Ohio Maple Days: There’s so much to say about syrup

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

KIDRON, Ohio — As technology improves, our production practices tend to change. Whether you’re milking cows or growing apples, it’s natural to check out the latest trends and newest equipment. But cutting-edge innovations often come with a big price tag, so how can you be sure those new ideas are worth a hefty initial investment?

Grazing conference inspires hope

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

DALTON, Ohio — It didn’t matter that the winter roads were terrible, or that the outlook for milk prices is even worse — the atmosphere at the North Central Ohio Dairy Grazing Conference, Jan. 29-30, was positive, even revival-like.

No-till pioneers from two continents highlight tillage conference

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Nearly 150 farmers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York interested in no-till farming gathered to share their knowledge and pick up some new tips at the 12th annual Tri-State No-Till Conference last week in West Middlesex. Franke Dijkstra, a pioneer of no-till farming in Brazil, and Steve Groff, billed as Pennsylvania’s […]

Ohio farm wins American Sheep Industry Association award

Monday, February 2, 2009

DENVER — Outstanding U.S. sheep industry members were honored for their contributions to the industry at an awards luncheon held Jan. 23 at the American Sheep Industry Association/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Diego.

Fertilizer prices vary at the retail level, but are stabilizing in general

Friday, January 30, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After reaching unprecedented price levels last year, fertilizer markets are adjusting to a dramatically different economic situation, making it hard for fertilizer dealers to set their prices and causing some farmers to delay their purchases, said a Purdue University specialist. “Fertilizer markets are now much more global, not only from the […]

Building fences in the bayou ’til the cows come home: Volunteers help rebuild Texas ranches

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Chip, a Texas cattleman, bragged to Jesse Dotterer and the handful of others visiting his Anahuac, Texas, ranch. Years of selective breeding had paid off in the herd he managed with his wife, Jean, and her twin sister, Janet. The cattle were resistant to bayou mosquitoes, suited for the area’s grasses, and […]

It’s time to evaluate your pastures

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There is no time like the present to evaluate your pasture fields for damage from over grazing and weather related stress. While you are trying to warm up after feeding your livestock and checking on their water, it is a good time to evaluate your recent management successes and challenges. After dealing with a drier […]

New apple was 20 years in the making

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — A new, late-ripening apple named WineCrisp, which carries the Vf gene for scab resistance, was developed over the past 20 plus years through classical breeding techniques, not genetic engineering. License to propagate trees will be made available to nurseries through the University of Illinois. Apple scab Being resistant to apple scab is […]

Open wide: Tooth abscesses are very common in alpacas and llamas

Monday, January 26, 2009

With spitting accuracy like a sniper, alpacas and llamas use their mouths for more than chewing. But unfortunately, “tooth abscesses are very common,” said Varsha Ramoutar, a resident in the Farm Animal Reproductive Medicine and Surgery section at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Depending on the sex, llamas and alpacas have 30 […]

Exhibition offers sweeping history of the horse

Saturday, January 24, 2009

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Carnegie Museum of Natural History will display the acclaimed exhibition The Horse, an in-depth look that showcases spectacular fossils, models, dioramas and cultural objects from around the world, Feb. 28 through May 24. The exhibition also shows how horses have influenced civilization and major changes in warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports and […]

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