By MIKE DUFFY Estimating costs of crop production for 2009 will be extremely difficult. Some farmers have received forwarding pricing, some set a quantity only and still others will use the spot market. The price consequences of these decisions are substantial. Foreign competition for material, the current U.S. financial crises, the energy price situation and […]
There was a great deal of excitement as the supreme champion beef winners were named Jan. 12 at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa.
COLUMBUS — A year ago, the U.S. beef industry mourned the death of Ohio’s Roy Wallace, vice president of beef programs at Select Sires, who died suddenly while attending the National Western Livestock show in Denver. On Saturday, the Ohio beef industry celebrated Wallace’s life and contributions, as the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association awarded its Industry […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Evan Vonada, a 4-H’er from Clinton County, earned a $10,000 bid for his grand champion market steer at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Hoss’s Steak and Sea House purchased the 1,300-pound champion at the farm show’s sale of champions Jan. 13. This year’s sale totaled $32,800. The second-highest selling animal at the sale […]
The Brown brothers of Acme, Pa., in Westmoreland County, took home the bragging rights in the heavyweight division of the horse pulling competition at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
WASHINGTON — The new House Committee on Agriculture will sport many returning representatives, but at least on the Democrat lineup, 11 are freshman legislators. Committee chair Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota, announced the House agriculture committee members for the 111th Congress last week. On the Democrat side, members include 11 freshmen and 17 returning members. The […]
Herbert Bambeck and Dennis Eberhart were inducted into the Ohio Auctioneer’s Hall of Fame during the OAA Winter Convention held in Dublin, OH.
COLUMBUS — Ohio State University researchers have derived new, more accurate estimates for the cost of foodborne illness in Ohio. To do so, they developed a method for more comprehensively measuring the social cost of foodborne illness that could become the standard model used nationwide. New model Using the new model, the best estimate of […]
Dave Noll thinks about expected progeny differences and corn gluten and how many round bales he needs to get through winter. He builds fence and drives tractors and vaccinates cows. It’s the stuff that farming is made of.
SAN ANTONIO — The American Farm Bureau Federation presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Keith Eckel from Pennsylvania and former Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill. The award was announced during the 90th American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. Leader for agriculture Eckel, who has been a farmer and leader for agriculture for 40 […]
ST. LOUIS — The USDA plans to audit and, as appropriate, investigate the National Soybean Checkoff Program, according to the American Soybean Association. The decision is based on the petition filed by the American Soybean Association Dec. 10, 2008. The association’s petition calls for an investigation of the United Soybean Board and the U.S. Soybean […]
HARRISBURG — Samantha Adams of Bedford, Pa., took home the grand champion banner in the junior market lamb show Jan. 11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Adams, with her 126-pound crossbred market lamb, outperformed 227 entries for her fourth grand champion win at the Farm Show. A member of the Farming Around 4-H […]
WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. Informal survey The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $48.19, down about 1 percent or 49 cents […]
WASHINGTON — The USDA is releasing details of the final regulation for the mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) program required by the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. The full text of the final rule will be published in the Jan. 15 Federal Register. The rule becomes effective March 16, 60 days after the date […]
Alaron Conservancy has received the Conservation Business of the Year award from the Lawrence County Conservation District.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Plants, genetically modified to ease the breaking down of their woody material, could be the key to a cheaper and greener way of making ethanol, according to researchers who add the approach also could help turn agricultural waste into food for livestock. Lignin Lignin, a major component of woody plant material, […]
URBANA, Ill. — Hog producers may see modest profits in 2009, depending upon costs of production and other factors, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “The industry has had six consecutive quarters of losses from the final quarter of 2007 through the first quarter of 2009,” said Chris Hurt. “The return to profits sometime […]
If you don’t recognize these people by now, you will by the end of the year. Here are Farm and Dairy’s picks for Nine People to Watch in 2009.
Antibiotic use in livestock cannot make up for poor management.
Agricultural crop production relies on composted waste materials and byproducts, such as animal manure, municipal solid waste composts, and sewage sludge, as a necessary nutrient source.