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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 […]

Hallowed ground: Arlington Cemetery workers pay their respects every day

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

By KANTELE FRANKO ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly 4 million people visit Arlington National Cemetery annually, many of them tourists searching for U.S. history. They watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and see more than a dozen other memorials or monuments. They pay their respects to the 300,000 people who […]

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.


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