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Pigeon King International bankrupt

Thursday, June 19, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — What once looked like a high-flying and profitable opportunity — and sold under the promise to save family farms –seems to be crashing to the ground. At least one Ohio breeder has confirmed rumors Arlan Galbraith has filed bankruptcy on his Ontario-based Pigeon King International pigeon breeding business. Lucy Burkholder, whose husband […]

Buy local, eat local: Food-borne illnesses are driving consumers to find food closer to home

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — In the past few weeks, Joy Weaver’s gotten pretty good at reading minds. Inside Catalpa Grove Farm Market, near Columbiana, Ohio, Weaver and other employees know just what that customer lingering near the tomatoes is wondering. Are these safe? Where are they from? “It’s almost like you’ve got to post a sign […]

Ohio’s youth cattle exhibitors rack up the miles, and the awards

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — More than 400 people celebrated the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) Program as it wrapped up its 2007-08 show season June 7 at its annual awards banquet held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. More than 390 head of cattle were entered in the program, with more than […]

Pa. youth win big at Keystone Classic

Monday, June 16, 2008

BUTLER, Pa. — The Northwest Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association sponsored the annual Keystone Junior Beef Classic May 24-25 at the Butler Fairgrounds. Over 100 youth exhibited their beef cattle. Exhibitors came from Maryland, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to compete for prizes. Breeds included Angus, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental, and crossbred. Overall, 76 breeding stock […]

Tomorrow’s cowboys will ‘whisper’ commands to herds via technology

Monday, June 16, 2008

WASHINGTON — The same Global Positioning System (GPS) technology used to track vehicles is now being used to track cows. But Agricultural Research Service animal scientist Dean M. Anderson has taken tracking several steps further with a Walkman-like headset that enables him to “whisper” wireless commands to cows to control their movements across a landscape […]

A little work, a little play makes for the perfect plowing day

Saturday, June 14, 2008

By ARTHUR BOLDUC What do draft horse teamsters do when they get caught up on their work? They find somebody who hasn’t, and you might say they have a draft horse-plowing frolic. They all show up bright and early, usually on a Saturday, and make short work of what otherwise could be a week’s work. […]

Pitt agricultural entrepreneurship program: Linking farmers and resources for success

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — More than 10 years ago, on the way home from his county’s first-ever farmland preservation meeting, Pennsylvania farmer Craig Sweger had an epiphany. “We can buy the development rights to every single acre of every farm in Washington County, but there will still be no farms unless we preserve the farmer.” That […]

Pigeon King gets wings clipped in Maryland

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Another state has clipped the wings of Pigeon King International. Maryland’s Securities Commissioner filed an order requesting Pigeon King International and its owner, Arlan Galbraith, show cause for doing business there. The order, filed May 19, said the state had “determined that grounds exist to allege that Pigeon King violated the registration, […]

Taking it to the street

Thursday, June 12, 2008

In mid-May, the anticipation at Kretschmann Farm is unmistakable. Workers scurry from field to field, tractors wait impatiently for drivers and Don Kretschmann walks with an urgent step. It’s growing season and every minute counts.

Raspberries: A small fruit that yields big opportunities

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

By Amy Fovargue Contributing Writer FREDERICKTOWN, Ohio — Ann Trudel has always loved picking red raspberries and making jam with them. So it made sense that after she and her husband, Dan, bought 5 acres near Fredericktown, they decided to raise their own and make a business out of it. They named their business — […]

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 […]

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