WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the final rule for the Country of Origin Labeling program will go into effect as scheduled March 16. He also released a letter inviting stakeholders to follow additional voluntary labeling practices. The rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 15, has been under regulatory review by […]
SALEM, Ohio — It’ll be one of the easiest ways you’ll ever make money off your farmland. That’s what’s being said about carbon credit trading, and farmers in eight Pennsylvania counties have the chance to be among the first in the Keystone State to get involved and profit from doing, well, nothing. Pilot Gary Swan, […]
A dismal decline in milk prices during recent months has left America’s dairy farmers facing devastating circumstances. Thanks to the global economic recession and growing dairy supplies, milk prices are down more than 50 percent from last summer. The tumble comes on the heels of all-time highs in 2007 and the second-highest level on record in 2008.
James Wood (center) accepted a trophy in 1973 for taking first place in his class at the tractor pulling championship in Louisville, Ky. Now, he’s working on his final pulling tractor — a project he calls Last Ride.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — They’re round and black and unless you’re a farmer, you don’t give farm tires a second thought. The ag world, however, has been paying very close attention to its tires — particularly since they’ve been in short supply for well over a year. Equipment manufacturers and tire dealers alike are breathing down […]
Chances are, the flock of geese that U.S Airways Flight 1549 flew through Jan. 15 before crash landing in the Hudson River was not composed of migrating birds, according to wildlife experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Farmers were looking, perhaps dreaming a little, but many were also spending. Farm equipment and allied industry exhibitors were smiling, perhaps holding their breath a little, but many were also exhaling. The National Farm Machinery Show, Feb. 11-14, in Louisville, Ky., was a solid litmus test of agriculture’s state of mind. Would […]
COLUMBUS — For the seventh straight year, testing of Ohio’s deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease, a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. Results According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 1,021 samples last […]
Mahoning County farmer Ed Schaefer Jr. decided to skip the flowers, chocolates and mushy card for his wife, Jen, and made a more public statement last weekend for Valentine’s Day. “There’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a load of manure, is there?” he joked. Schaefer spread his love — and […]
Planters, sprayers, fencing, metal cleaners, forage seeders — you can find just about everything at the National Farm Machinery Show, Feb. 11-14, in Louisville, Ky. Farm and Dairy visited the Big Show Thursday and Friday, and didn’t get to see nearly everything we wanted to, but we did get around. Here are some of the […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
(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 […]
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, […]
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 […]