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High feed costs kill profits

Thursday, November 6, 2008

URBANA, Ill. — Dairy producers likely face negative profit margins this year as feed costs exceed milk prices, according to a new University of Illinois Extension study.

Jefferson Co. SWCD celebrates a good year

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio — Eight years ago, Eugene Battlochi decided to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion on his Ross Township farm in Jefferson County. He turned to local conservation agencies for help and since then, the beef farmer has installed fencing, water systems, an access road and livestock use protection area to safeguard environmentally […]

Wayne County honors 4-H leaders at banquet

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

ORRVILLE, Ohio — When it comes to making the best better, no one does it better than Wayne County 4-H volunteers, according to Bob Troutman, president of the Wayne County Agricultural Society and a former extension educator and 4-H volunteer. Troutman told the audience at the 2008 Wayne County 4-H recognition banquet that while the […]

Meeting paves the way for paying farmers to capture greenhouse gases

Monday, November 3, 2008

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Supported by science and spurred by emerging markets, more than 80 participants in an international workshop on carbon sequestration called on world policymakers to focus research and create fair-priced carbon offset markets that would pay farmers to adopt conservation agriculture practices that will capture carbon in the soil.

Fed files anti-trust lawsuit to block beef merger

Thursday, October 30, 2008

If merged, JBS would become the largest U.S. beef packer, with price implications on the farm and at the grocery store.

Giant pumpkins weigh-off in Canfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CANFIELD, Ohio — Quinn Werner of Saegerstown, Pa., claimed his fifth championship at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers weigh-off with a 1,521.5-pound pumpkin. This was the third largest pumpkin grown in the world this year, missing the world championship by 15 pounds. Werner claimed the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth’s Grower of the Year award with […]

Energy costs, particularly gas prices, a ‘serious hardship’ for Ohioans

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rural Ohio and ‘exurbia’ hit hardest by ‘energy tax.’

Copes win Columbiana SWCD award

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Tom Cope family was honored with Columbiana SWCD’s annual Cooperator of the Year award.

Don’t get burned: Make fire safety a priority

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Every year, hundreds of barns around the country go up in smoke. In many cases, hay, straw, machinery and livestock are also lost in these fiery tragedies. But the good news is that nearly all barn fires are preventable. “The only fire you cannot prevent is arson,” said Laurie Loveman, an officer […]

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.

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