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.
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 […]
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 […]
Dairy Farmers of America has discovered two of its former senior representatives were involved in an unauthorized transfer of $1 million.
COLUMBUS — Sandy Chenal, resource and conservation district coordinator of Ohio’s Crossroads Resource and Conservation District, was named resource and conservation district Coordinator of the Year for 2007.
SALEM, Ohio — U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin referred to the biblical story of Job during a May 8 teleconference announcing the finalization of the new $300 billion farm bill. Job had a lot of afflictions, Harkin explained, but through it all, he persevered. “Right now, I don’t think he’s got nothin’ on me,” Harkin said. […]
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.