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Polchin family honored at Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WILLIAMSFIELD, Ohio — The Polchin family of Cherry Valley, recognized by the Ashtabula County Dairy Service Unit as the Farm Family of the Year, represents both the past and the future of farming in the U.S. John and Ruth Polchin and their son and partner Tony, 44, accepted the Dick Johnson Award plaque at the […]

What’s [still] driving food and commodity prices?

Monday, March 16, 2009

What sent commodity prices up is now bringing them down: trends in global production and consumption, the value of the dollar and biofuels.

Drink up little cria, you need antibodies

Sunday, March 15, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — While humans have the unique ability to pass immunoglobulins, also known as antibodies, through the placenta during pregnancy, many animals cannot. In particular, llamas and alpacas, whose young are called “crias,” have a different placental structure than humans and are unable to transmit antibodies from mother to fetus. Common Failure of passive […]

Pennsylvania forms food safety council to protect health, food supply

Saturday, March 14, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — To provide better oversight of Pennsylvania’s food supply from the field to the dinner table, Gov. Edward Rendell has formed the new Governor’s Food Safety Council and appointed members to the panel. The first council in the state to focus on food safety, members will advise the governor on direction for security […]

From beans to blooms: Motts Greenhouse boasts variety of flowers, veggies for gardeners

Friday, March 13, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ohio — Last week, on a 50-degree day, Josh Moore celebrated the coming of spring by carrying hundreds of flats and planters full of pansies from their shelter at Motts Greenhouse, arranging them into rows in the sunshine. It’s only March at the Motts operation just east of Louisville — there’s admittedly not much […]

Voinovich: We need to work harder, smarter to pull out of economic crisis

Thursday, March 12, 2009

U.S. Sen. George Voinovich may have announced his retirement after his term ends in 2010, but he’s not done fighting. Voinovich, who spoke to Ohio farmers in Washington March 10, outlined his opinions for pulling the country out of its economic doldrums.

Budget crunch hits Ohio State University Extension

Thursday, March 12, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — No one is safe from hard-hitting money woes, and this week, another victim came forward: Ohio State University Extension. State budget cuts will eliminate roughly $3.6 million of the state Extension purse now through June 2011 and have forced a massive restructuring and workforce reduction in the state Extension system. “OSU Extension […]

Sen. Sherrod Brown anounces more than $4 million to support Ohio agriculture

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, applauded passage of The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, which includes $4,013,000 in funds to targeted programs and services that support Ohio farmers.

Ohio farmers face uphill climb in D.C.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ohio farm leaders were in Washington March 9-11 to talk to their legislators about agricultural issues that affect them back at home — issues that have been on the Farm Bureau plate before and show no signs of going away.

Take a virtual tour of corn ethanol plant March 13

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering wraps up its winter seminar series at noon March 13 with “A Virtual Tour of an Ohio Corn Ethanol Plant” by Fred Michel, an associate professor in the department. Michel’s research focuses on, among other things, developing new or improved bioprocessing technologies. Attend […]

Ohio farmers have planted more than 1 million acres of wheat this season

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio farmers have planted more than a million acres of wheat this season, the second year that seeding has surged over the 1 million mark. According to the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service, farmers planted 1.02 million acres, slightly down from the 1.12 million acres planted in 2008, but still 20 percent higher […]

Youth archers target state tournament success

Monday, March 9, 2009

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The whistle blows. Meagan Gravlee calmly walks to the rack of bows and selects her favorite. She strides to her mark, 10 meters from the target. Carefully loading an arrow, the archer stares straight ahead at the goal. Raising her bow, she takes aim. She fires. Bulls-eye.

Stomping out strangles in horses: A researcher’s new vaccine may help

Sunday, March 8, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Swollen lymph nodes beneath your jaw are a common occurrence in human medicine. While they are not usually a major concern to physicians, mention to an equine veterinarian that your horse has large swellings on the side of its neck and their reaction is quite the opposite. “Strangles is a highly contagious […]

Financial outlook for pork producers may be returning to profitability

Saturday, March 7, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — Pork producers should be “conservative and defensive” this year even though profitability may be on the horizon, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.

Sugarcreek auction fined $162,800 for equine violations

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leroy Baker Jr., owner and operator of Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, has been fined more than $162,000 by the USDA for violating equine transport laws. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) filed a complaint against Baker in March 2008, alleging he violated the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.

Humane society: Ohio, here we come

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers, you’ve had your warning. The Humane Society of the United States — the group who’s successfully outlawed hen cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in California, Arizona and Florida — has its eye on doing the same in the Buckeye State. The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to […]

Study on soil compaction goes deeper

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — Farmers know that agricultural equipment can cause compaction in no-till crop fields, but Ohio State University researchers have found that, depending on soil type, compaction can be severe and persist for years. Based on 20 years of compaction studies at various locations in Ohio, just one year of harvest traffic on clay soils […]

Obama: Cut direct farm payments

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The Washington winds shifted subtly with the release of the Obama administration’s first budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National collection helping to preserve heirloom sheep breeds

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

WASHINGTON — What do the Agricultural Research Service, George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and Colonial Williamsburg, Va., have in common? Here’s a hint: The answer has four legs and a woolly tail. Both the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which operates Washington’s estate, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates Colonial Williamsburg, maintain flocks of heirloom […]

Ice cutting a tradition for Amish

Friday, February 27, 2009

HOWARD, Ohio — They say it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good. This cold January has certainly helped the fuel dealers, and it has put a thick layer of ice on farm ponds.

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