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Crawford County farmers growing camelina for biofuel

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

In most places in the East, they’re still talking about the coming biofuels revolution. But in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, farmers already are involved in it.

Buyers willing to pay top dollar to support smaller, local farmers

Monday, June 9, 2008

COLUMBUS — New research suggests that the average supermarket shopper is willing to pay a premium price for locally produced foods, providing some farmers an attractive option to enter a niche market that could boost their revenues. The study also showed that shoppers at farm markets are willing to pay almost twice as much extra […]

Scientists test potatoes’ chip potential

Saturday, June 7, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — At Penn State, thousands of potato varieties from around the globe are put through extensive cross-breeding programs, genetic research and intercollegiate collaborations. But once a year, the university’s potato researchers switch from pipettes, computers and other high-tech equipment to potato peelers, slicers and a deep fryer. It’s potato-chipping time. For a […]

Top jockey credits 4-H for opportunity to succeed

Friday, June 6, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana native and former 4-H member, Kent Desormeaux and his horse Big Brown scored impressive victories at the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The young horse was untested before the Kentucky Derby, and many were unsure how he would respond against an elite field. And the 38-year-old jockey was […]

Preparing a path for the next generation (Part 1)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

For Henry “Junior” Wengerd, the farm is everything. It’s a school for his children, a nursing home for his parents and the place he wants to retire. It’s much more than a way to make a living. For Wengerd and his family, the farm is a way to make a life.

It will take survival of the fittest to beat emerald ash borer

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Can researchers beat the clock and build a better ash tree?

FFA builds baseball building

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

BESSEMER, Pa. — The Mohawk Vo-Ag program completed a large project this spring.

Celeb motorcycle exhibit will get your motor runnin’

Monday, June 2, 2008

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, located in Pickerington, Ohio, will spotlight over 100 of the world’s most recognizable enthusiasts in its new exhibit, MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles.

Here come the slugs. Again.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Planting delays and cool weather have slowed corn development, paving the way for a potential issue with slugs in no-till fields.

Black vulture kills increasing in Ohio

Thursday, May 29, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Fairfield County cattleman Dick Kilbarger saw it with his own eyes: Eight or 10 black vultures spread in a semi-circle across his pasture, backing a cow and her newborn calf into a corner. He sat a ways back on his ATV, just watching. But when those birds got too close, got too […]

Hallowed ground: Arlington Cemetery workers pay their respects every day

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

By KANTELE FRANKO ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly 4 million people visit Arlington National Cemetery annually, many of them tourists searching for U.S. history. They watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and see more than a dozen other memorials or monuments. They pay their respects to the 300,000 people who […]

Ohio will host Horse Progress Days July 4 and 5

Sunday, May 25, 2008

By KAREN KIRSCH Contributing Writer MOUNT HOPE, Ohio –The tiny village of Mount Hope, Ohio, will host Horse Progress Days July 4 and 5.

Blue Gold Showdown held May 10 in West Virginia

Saturday, May 24, 2008

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The Northern Panhandle Stockman’s Association of West Virginia held their annual Blue Gold Showdown Show May 10. It was judged by Gene Steiner of Mason, Ohio. Steers The grand champion steer was exhibited by Chase DeGroat. Sean Gallagher had the reserve champion steer. Heifers In the heifer division Sara Campbell had both […]

Congress overrides president’s farm bill veto

Friday, May 23, 2008

Both the House and Senate voted to override the presidential veto of the new farm bill, making 14 of the 15 titles law.

‘One horse begets another’: Jonathan Cush builds winning herd, makes mark on Belgian breed

Thursday, May 22, 2008

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — In 1989, when the oldest of John and Paula Cush’s five sons, Jonathan, was just 9 years old, a Palomino mare named Honey came into the family’s lives. A friend hauled that horse to the Cush homestead — in town, in Bolivar, Ohio — and Jonathan and his father tied the […]

Pork industry defies economic odds

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Recent hog prices are described as a “miracle” by a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist, who compares the high prices to an answered prayer.

Dalton, Hoblet inducted into Ohio State’s Dairy Science Hall of Service

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

COLUMBUS — The annual dairy banquet for the Department of Animal Sciences and the Buckeye Dairy Club was held May 10 at the new Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus. One of the highlights of the banquet was the induction of Wayne Dalton of Wakeman, Ohio, […]

They’ve been waiting 17 years for this

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The last time cicadas from Brood XIV emerged, George Bush Sr. was leading the nation, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was on prime time, and a gallon of gasoline cost $1.15.

Since 1991, this brood has been feeding and maturing underground in southwestern Ohio, central and eastern Pennsylvania, western West Virginia and nearly all of Kentucky.

Alpacas and llamas finally get livestock status, funding opportunity in Ohio

Thursday, May 15, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio truly is ‘the heart of it all,’ especially if you’re an alpaca breeder. The Buckeye State is home to 17,000 alpacas — the biggest state herd in the nation. And nationally, breeders and backyard enthusiasts own 93,000 of the fuzzy animals, according to one Ohio legislator’s research. Now, at least in […]

Washington finalizes cease and desist order against Pigeon King International

Thursday, May 15, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The State of Washington has finalized its cease and desist order against the Canadian company Pigeon King International. That state’s securities division entered the final consent order May 2. Investigation showed pigeon breeder Arlan Galbraith and his company violated the state’s Business Opportunity Fraud Act and were not registered with the state […]

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