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California leads U.S. milk production; Ohio dairy herd numbers drop

Saturday, February 22, 2014

California continues to lead the U.S. in number of milk cows and overall milk production, while Ohio lost 130 licensed dairy herds in 2013.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2-21-2014)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Today’s must-read stories feature agricultural growth for the United States and China. Honeybees may be spreading disease to bumblebees and one Kentucky couple is helping FFA members get official jackets.

Starting seeds indoors: What you need to know

Friday, February 21, 2014

If you’re an avid gardener, or hobby farmer, get your seeds started indoors soon. Starting seeds in late February and early March will give your plants the best chance when they’re moved outdoors.

Farmers take care: Drifting herbicides can cause unintended consequences

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers.

The emerald ash borer has met its match

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Woodpeckers find emerald ash borers a handy food source and may slow the spread of this noxious pest, even ultimately controlling it, suggest researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What can tomatoes teach us about biodiversity? Quite a bit

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scientists are using the genomes of wild tomatoes to study the processes that drive Earth’s biodiversity. Their goal is to learn how species cope with differences in climate and natural enemies, and what might happen in this time of environmental change.

Five agri-stories you should read today 2-20-2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Here’s the agri-stories you should read today, February 20, 2014. Does the chicken industry pit farmer vs. farmer? California cutbacks could eliminate agriculture education. South Dakota’s governor has a pitch for California dairy farmers.

Legislation for West Virginia veterans ag program looks promising

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A bill introduced into the West Virginia Senate and a companion bill in the House is designed to give a helping hand to veterans who want to farm.

Columbiana County Fair board receives $300,000 for grandstand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A local foundation’s $300,000 gift will name the new grandstand at Columbiana County Fair.

FDA will revise produce safety rules, hold additional comment period

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New food safety rules to be revised and announced by early summer.

Five agri-stories you should read today 2-19-2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today’s must-read stories touch on GMOs, the new farm bill, our ancestors’ taste for dairy, and an old agriculture law in Virgina that is causing some dog owners to cry ‘fowl’.

Traffic on the river is moving, but slow

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grain barges are moving through the Ohio River system, but they face weather-triggered delays.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/18)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Several of today’s stories are curious. Silicon Valley is planning more investment into agriculture, one project is watering tomatoes with seawater and one Texas town is preventing forest fires with goats.

Marcellus shale: Chesapeake comes under fire for extra post-production costs

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chesapeake Energy is under scrutiny by top Pennsylvania officials, after Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake about its business practices involving royalties.

New soil test measures soil health

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A combination of tests can now determine the ‘health’ of your soil.

Five agri-stories you should read today (2/17)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today’s must-read stories include a look at California’s drought, a story about how micro loans are helping African farmers grow more crops sustainably, and a bit of history behind America’s first president and his relationship with agriculture.

Today’s farmer is no bum — almost heroic

Monday, February 17, 2014

Organic farmer, author and activist shares her experience working with the land at annual OEFFA conference.

Former USDA official urges sustainable farmers to get involved

Monday, February 17, 2014

Former U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture encourages farmers to get involved with government at annual sustainable farming conference.

Open dialogue about GMOs is key to changing conversations, says expert

Monday, February 17, 2014

Despite the head start biotechnology opponents have, there’s still plenty of opportunity for farmers, ranchers and the biotechnology industry to change the conversation about genetically modified organisms.

Expect modest expansion in pork industry

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Much cheaper feed has led the pork industry to begin an expansion that is expected to continue throughout this year. The current expansion means that pork supplies will begin to grow more rapidly in the last-half of 2014, according to Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist.

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