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Appeals Court upholds decisions in MWCD maintenance assessment cases

Friday, January 2, 2009

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — Judges of the 5th District Court of Appeals have agreed with the decisions of a lower court that permit assessments of property owners by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District to fund a plan of maintenance and rehabilitation in the system of reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed.

The most popular stories on www.farmanddairy.com in 2008:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Here are the news stories you clicked again and again on our Web site in 2008, with starting with the “most clicked” at the top: Thursday, June 24, 2008 (and updated June 26) Pigeon King goes bankrupt Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Columbiana County man is using wind to power his home Thursday, July 3, 2008 […]

Farm and Dairy’s 2008 top stories in review

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weather woes Weather is always a hot topic in the farmhouse. In March, an ice storm hit northeastern Ohio and western Pa., followed by 23 inches of snow in some places. Snow emergencies were declared in 60 Ohio counties and homes and farms were without electricity for days. And in September, remnants of Hurricane Ike […]

Blending wall hinders ethanol growth

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ethanol production opened the door to the renewable fuels industry. The industry now must get past an imposing wall of federal regulations and market conditions if it hopes to grow, said a Purdue University agricultural economist. “The ethanol industry is now faced with what is called a ‘blending wall,’” said Wally […]

Tight feeder supplies the issue in 2009

Monday, December 29, 2008

Cattle feeders’ No. 1 concern was feed inputs. Not any more, says Mike Sands of Informa Economics. The market analyst predicts corn will not stay as low as $3 per bushel (bu.) for long, but the new trading levels for corn may be of little consequence compared to the declining feeder calf supply. Biggest hurdle […]

Food prices show no sign of declining

Friday, December 26, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The year 2008 was an interesting economic year. Housing prices fell. The dollar weakened, strengthened a bit and then weakened again.

ACRE program signup set for spring

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

USDA farm programs: Advance direct and counter-cyclical payments started in December.

Obama taps Iowa’s Tom Vilsack as ag secretary

Monday, December 22, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama selected former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as his choice for the next U.S. secretary of agriculture.

Ohioans prefer locally grown food

Monday, December 22, 2008

COLUMBUS — In 2008, Ohioans continued to support local food systems, with the number reporting “frequently” purchasing locally grown or produced foods remaining steady since 2006.

Organic food co-op raid sparks court case against health department, ODA

Friday, December 19, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Legal action has been taken on behalf of a Lorain County farm family that says a raid on their property earlier this month violated their constitutional rights. The Buckeye Institute‘s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Dec. 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court […]

Put farm taxes on your to-do list

Friday, December 19, 2008

It’s not to late to make changes for tax purposes. This year farmers have more alternatives to consider with respect to cost recovery or depreciation on assets that they placed in service during 2008.

U.S. fertilizer prices are beginning to fall at the wholesale level

Friday, December 19, 2008

WASHINGTON — After increasing for six consecutive years, U.S. fertilizer prices are finally beginning to fall at the wholesale level, according to a report by the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Up until very recently, fertilizer prices were astronomical at both the wholesale and retail level,” said American Farm Bureau Federation senior economist Terry Francl. “Fertilizer […]

New vaccine for Johne’s disease

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Researchers are making progress in the fight against Johne’s disease. Scientists at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently developed a vaccine that prevents this contagious and often fatal bacterial infection.

DFA and two former execs hit with $12 million penalty

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WASHINGTON — Dairy Farmers of America, its former chief executive officer, Gary Hanman, and its former chief financial officer Gerald Bos will pay a $12 million civil monetary penalty for attempting to manipulate the Class III milk futures contract and exceeding speculative position limits in that contract. The settlement was announced Dec. 16 by the […]

Ohio agriculture state of the state: A view from the farm

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Looking back over the past year brings one phrase to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s according to Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, who shared an overview of the past year in agriculture during a seminar at the Ohio Farm Bureau […]

Looking for December optimism in USDA report

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The stage seems to be set for recovery in the grain markets.

Dexters: Small cattle with big potential

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The first time Marcia Read heard about Dexter cattle, there was no question about it. She had to have some. Read was infatuated with the Dexters’ small stature, versatility and ability to eat almost anything. These unique, pony-sized cattle were perfect for her farm and it wasn’t long before she bought a small, dairy-type cow named Peerless Chopper.

American Soybean Association: Checkoff funds being mishandled

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Huge rift between U.S. soybean producer boards. The American Soybean Association is blasting the United Soybean Board, raising “serious ethical, legal, and financial allegations” about how farmer checkoff funds and program activities are being conducted.

High tunnels are terrific for tasty tomatoes

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fred Forsburg’s tomatoes are perfect — tough to do in a certified organic operation where no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used. The Livonia farmer’s secret? Growing tomatoes in high tunnels.

Soybean leader Steve St. Martin to retire

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The last three decades of Ohio soybean production have been good ones, marked by improved Phytophthora cultivars, a new market for tofu soybeans and one of the most popular soybean varieties ever grown in Ohio. Much of that success has been at the hands of Steve St. Martin, a soybean breeder at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. But on Jan. 1, St. Martin, who has headed the soybean breeding program at the center since 1991, will retire and pass the torch to a new faculty member.

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