By HOLLY WIEMERS LEXINGTON, Ky. — Experts report that eastern tent caterpillars are now wandering and population levels are among the highest they’ve seen since 2001, when Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) hit Central Kentucky particularly hard. “The eastern tent caterpillar populations are dramatically up this year — the highest I’ve seen since the MRLS […]
SALEM, Ohio — Ohio’s farmland preservation goals have been strengthened, thanks to recent changes and clarifications to the law that lays out the Agricultural Security Area program. House Bill 289, sponsored by Rep. Tony Core of Rushsylvania, was signed by Gov. Ted Strickland April 18. What’s the concept? Agricultural Security Areas, or ASAs, allow one […]
SALEM, Ohio — The woman who cried ‘animal abuse’ and summoned national attention to a Wayne County hog farm has dropped her civil lawsuit against the farm owner. Ingrid DiMarino, a former employee on the Wiles hog farm near Creston, dropped her case against Ken Wiles April 30. However, Wiles may not be in the […]
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Diesel prices are up roughly 50 percent from this time last year and farmers need to look at different methods to maximize fuel efficiency, said a Purdue University expert. The average price farmers paid for diesel fuel in the Corn Belt last April was $2.50 per gallon according to reports from […]
BENTLEYVILLE, Pa. — Ted Hrutkay of Somerset Township in Washington County, Pa., was named 2007 Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Washington County Conservation District. Hrutkay became a cooperator in 1968, farming 113 acres, which have now grown to 170 acres. With his wife, Becky, and son Brian, the three also rent and work […]
After a six-hour marathon conference session that ended around 1 a.m. May 2, key Congressional leaders say the new farm bill is “almost done.”
WYNDMOOR, Pa. — Wool is less susceptible to burning than synthetic fibers. This makes it an ideal fabric for uniforms worn by U.S. troops, firefighters and others whose occupations expose them to fire. Agricultural Research Service chemist Jeanette M. Cardamone has discovered and patented a heat-resistant material that can be incorporated into wool and other […]
COLUMBUS — The history of Ohio began long before it became the 17th state in 1803 — even way well before Western settlers came to this land. Thousands of years ago, native Ohioans populated the landscape with mounds and massive earthworks. Today, southern Ohio is a living history experience with evidence of these complex, interconnected […]
SALEM, Ohio — Demand for quality beef stocker cattle has sparked renewed interest in Pennsylvania’s calf pool program. This spring, western Pennsylvania cattlemen will have the opportunity to learn more about getting involved in the state program that helps put more money in producers’ pockets. Growth The program, modeled after the successful West Virginia calf […]
SALEM, Ohio — The state of Washington has ordered Arlan Galbraith and his company, Pigeon King International, to cease and desist operations there. Washington’s securities division filed the order March 19 after it determined the company violated the state’s Business Opportunity Fraud Act. Any company that offers a business opportunity in that state must register […]
Ohio lawmakers have agreed on a bill that could set the state’s energy policy.
SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Learning the steps to the scientific method — predictions and tests and controls and formulating hypotheses — can be downright complicated and boring. But not in Tony Stoller’s classroom. In the agriscience lab at Smithville High School, the educator walks his students through the process one step at a time as they […]
The West Branch FFA banquet drew 300 people, the largest crowd in the chapter’s history.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — An Ohio Holstein is the first to win the Holstein Association USA’s new award, Star of the Breed. First winner MS Crockettacres Monique-ET has been named the first winner of Holstein Association USA’s Star of the Breed award. Monique is owned by Terry and Marcia Stammen and their children, Zach, Allison, Elizabeth […]
Over the past two years, several dairy farms in Ohio’s Belmont County area have been forced to close their doors. Lower milk prices in 2006, coupled with the high cost of inputs, kept farmers from making ends meet and some felt they had no choice but to get out of the business.
SALEM, Ohio — Rain showers. Tile washouts. Mud. Thanks to Mother Nature, you’re already falling behind schedule with spring tillage and planting. In the past week, farmers have been spotted chisel plowing, planting oats and making progress across parts of the Farm and Dairy coverage area. It’s been slow going, though, with USDA data showing […]
SALEM, Ohio — The Columbiana County Buckeye Dairy Boosters met April 20 at the Center of Salem for the annual spring banquet. This year, the group was celebrating the crowning of the 30th Columbiana County Dairy Princess. All the past princesses were invited and 11 attended, sharing ideas and memories from their reigns. They included: […]
South Korea agreed April 18 to lift its ban on U.S. beef, an action that should allow the U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement to move forward.