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Photos from the 2008 Lawrence County, Pa., Fair antique tractor pull, Aug. 16

Monday, August 18, 2008

Check out the action from the 2008 Lawrence County, Pa., Fair antique tractor pull, Aug. 16.

Roots run deep on Butler County farm

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ed Thiele likes to watch things grow. He likes to see the corn come up and he spends his summers scrutinizing the soybeans. Year after year, he keeps a careful eye on his oats and alfalfa.

P. R. Miller: Man preaches recycling through unconventional and controversial art

Thursday, August 14, 2008

AKRON — In six decades, P. R. Miller has called many places home: Mars, a scrapyard and town landfill, a Stark County farm, an outdoor art studio in south Akron. And for the past year, Miller has made himself at home in a place no one else has for years. The eccentric yet earthy character […]

Ashtabula County Fair junior fair livestock auction results

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions at this year’s Ashtabula County Fair.

Ohio State Fair 2008 Sale of Champions sets new records

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Three of the eight bids at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions Aug. 10 went down in the history books as all-time records. The reserve champion pen of chickens, reserve champion barrow and reserve champion steer each brought a bigger bid than ever before in the sale’s 41-year history.

Butler Farm Show Livestock Auction Results

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Butler Farm Show.

Mercer County 4-H Roundup Auction Results

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Mercer County, Pa., 4-H Roundup.

Success in the show ring

Thursday, August 7, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — At the Erie County Fair in New York, Earl Keele was busy helping his brother take care of the cattle they’d brought for show. He fed and watered and groomed while his daughter, Shannon, took in the hustle and bustle of the barn. Shannon, who was 9 at the time, stood back […]

West Point Reception Day turns civilians into cadets

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

(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 second 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 […]

Beef barn is the star of Columbiana County Fair

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The new J. Herbert Thompson Beef Complex won rave reviews during last week’s Columbiana County Fair.

Columbiana County Fair livestock sale tops $300,000

Monday, August 4, 2008

Who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions at this year’s Columbiana County Fair? Read the full story to find out, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s fair.

USDA takes next step toward COOL

Monday, August 4, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Like it or not, mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) is coming your way. The USDA issued its interim final rule for the program July 29, which leaves time for public comment toward the program’s final operation, but allows COOL to go into effect, as planned, Sept. 30. Covered. COOL, which has […]

Summit County Fair market livestock sale results

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Summit County Fair.

Ohioan accepts the West Point challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

(Editor’s note: Skipping class is not an option for Weston Boose, a college freshman. Neither is not making his bed before he leaves the dorm. That’s because 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 first […]

Oil prices, weak dollar driving up food and commodity prices

Monday, July 28, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Commodity prices — and resulting food prices — are rising sharply, driven by a combination of factors that include high oil prices spurring biofuels growth, a weak dollar and world production and consumption trends, according to an analysis by Purdue University agricultural economists.

Farm employment: It’s about the people, not just the cows

Sunday, July 27, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — There are aspects of farming that producers can’t control, such as grain markets, input costs and the weather, but employee management is one aspect that can be controlled and significantly affects an operation’s bottom line. Sarah Smith, an organizational leadership and supervision specialist at Purdue University’s North Central campus, said according […]

World ‘avoided deforestation’ program would reduce global carbon emissions

Sunday, July 27, 2008

COLUMBUS — Wealthy nations willing to collectively spend about $1 billion annually could prevent the emission of roughly half a billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year for the next 25 years, new research suggests.

Congress urged to block NAIS

Friday, July 25, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Eleven agricultural groups from across the U.S. have asked Congress to block the advancement of USDA’s National Animal Identification System. On July 23, the groups sent formal correspondence to leaders of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The correspondence asked […]

Under pressure: Ag input costs continue to climb

Friday, July 25, 2008

While average crop farm incomes are at record highs, so too are total debt/equity levels.

Animal welfare: Consumers want to know farm animals are cared for

Thursday, July 24, 2008

WASHINGTON — Can consumers and farmers come to the table to discuss animal care and welfare down on the farm? The American Farm Bureau Federation hopes so. To address consumer concerns about the care provided to farm animals, the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the Conversations on Animal Care initiative. The goal? Engage consumers […]

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