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Oil prices, weak dollar driving up food and commodity prices

Monday, July 28, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Commodity prices — and resulting food prices — are rising sharply, driven by a combination of factors that include high oil prices spurring biofuels growth, a weak dollar and world production and consumption trends, according to an analysis by Purdue University agricultural economists.

Farm employment: It’s about the people, not just the cows

Sunday, July 27, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — There are aspects of farming that producers can’t control, such as grain markets, input costs and the weather, but employee management is one aspect that can be controlled and significantly affects an operation’s bottom line. Sarah Smith, an organizational leadership and supervision specialist at Purdue University’s North Central campus, said according […]

World ‘avoided deforestation’ program would reduce global carbon emissions

Sunday, July 27, 2008

COLUMBUS — Wealthy nations willing to collectively spend about $1 billion annually could prevent the emission of roughly half a billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year for the next 25 years, new research suggests.

Congress urged to block NAIS

Friday, July 25, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Eleven agricultural groups from across the U.S. have asked Congress to block the advancement of USDA’s National Animal Identification System. On July 23, the groups sent formal correspondence to leaders of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The correspondence asked […]

Under pressure: Ag input costs continue to climb

Friday, July 25, 2008

While average crop farm incomes are at record highs, so too are total debt/equity levels.

Animal welfare: Consumers want to know farm animals are cared for

Thursday, July 24, 2008

WASHINGTON — Can consumers and farmers come to the table to discuss animal care and welfare down on the farm? The American Farm Bureau Federation hopes so. To address consumer concerns about the care provided to farm animals, the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the Conversations on Animal Care initiative. The goal? Engage consumers […]

Build or bust: Dairies, suppliers seeing strong growth

Thursday, July 24, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Freestall and feeding barns bigger than football fields. Brand new parlors, double-12s and larger. Bulk tanks to hold 6,500 gallons of milk. Drive across the Ohio countryside and you’ll see these are no longer the stuff dreams are made of. Despite sky-high feed and fuel costs, farmers across the region are pulling […]

Carroll County Junior Fair Auction Results

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Carroll County Fair.

Acreage report: Some Ohioans switched to soybeans

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ohio’s farmland planted to corn is down 13 percent from 2007; soybeans up 11 percent.

Grants keep local farming going

Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBUS — Ohio communities that want to try innovative ways to enhance the viability of local agriculture and the health of area farms can apply for funding from the Center for Farmland Policy Innovation at Ohio State University. Three goals “Overall, we have three goals for this program,” said Jill Clark, director of the OSU’s […]

Harley hog heaven

Sunday, July 20, 2008

FAIRPORT, Ohio — Doug Leikala’s garage is a monument to Harley Davidson, and his home isn’t left standing in the dust, either.

The eye of the ‘bee’ holder

Thursday, July 17, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — A swarm of bees is enough to make most people run for cover. Unless you’re Bob the Bee Man.

The Blueberry Patch: Couple turns hobby into Ohio’s largest blueberry farm

Thursday, July 17, 2008

MANSFIELD, Ohio — A quarter-century ago, Steve and Lisa Beilstein never thought they’d be where they are at this very instant: seated among customers in the garden-style tea room and gift shop they operate alongside Richland County’s The Blueberry Patch, Ohio’s biggest blueberry farm. Their success is perhaps surprising for a couple with no farm […]

Harrison County Junior Fair Auction Results

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Harrison County Fair.

Trumbull County Junior Fair Auction Results

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Trumbull County Fair.

Forecast favorable for Midwest corn pollination

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Weather during the end of July can make or break the Midwest corn crop.

U.S. beef and pork riding export wave

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

May pork sales set yet another monthly record while beef exports reached their highest levels since December of 2003.

National Guernsey sale sets record; top lot brings $34,500

Friday, July 11, 2008

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The national Guernsey convention sale set a new record average at $5,794 on 46 live lots. A large crowd of Guernsey breeders gathered at City Slickers Farm in Cross Plains, Wis., June 30 for the sale, which also included 77 embryos that averaged $645 each “The demand for registered Guernseys is incredible,” […]

Ohio’s dairy labeling law goes to court

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ohio’s new dairy labeling law is being challenged in court.

A new view on cattle production

Thursday, July 10, 2008

When Max and Mary VanBuren moved to a reclaimed strip mine farm near Lisbon, Ohio, in 1999, they were aiming to do something a little unconventional.


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