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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 […]

DFA finds improper $1 million payment

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dairy Farmers of America has discovered two of its former senior representatives were involved in an unauthorized transfer of $1 million.

Crossroads’ Chenal earns award

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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.

Congress agrees on farm bill, but president will veto

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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. […]

Killer caterpillar numbers high this year, keep pregnant mares protected

Sunday, May 11, 2008

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 […]

Ohio changes ag security area law

Thursday, May 8, 2008

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 […]

FSA must release farm data

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. has handed down a ruling that required USDA’s Farm Service Agency to release information about farming operations to Multi Ag Media, a Chicago marketing firm.

Woman drops civil charges against Ken Wiles

Thursday, May 8, 2008

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 […]

Diesel prices a reason to take stock, reevaluate crop production expenses

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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 […]

Hrutkays honored for conservation measures in Washington County, Pa.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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 […]

Farm bill [almost] done

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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.”

Wool blend ideal for fire resistance

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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 […]

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