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Want to lose weight? Try managing stress

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A researcher in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently completed a study comparing the effectiveness of two new weight loss and maintenance intervention programs.

National Ag Day contest winners announced

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Agriculture Council of America has announced the winners of the 2014 National Ag Day video and written essay contest winners. The winners were chosen based on the 2014 theme, Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.

Organic Producers will see changes in crop insurance program

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced changes to the organics program under the federal crop insurance program. These changes are effective for the 2014 crop year.

Goat Simulator making a stir online, gamers rejoice

Friday, February 14, 2014

If it sounds like a joke, that’s because it started as one. Now, however, the game studio behind the project is releasing the game to satisfy ravenous gamers around the world. Behold: Goat Simulator.

What triggered high milk prices? Exports

Friday, February 14, 2014

As a percentage of total U.S. production, we are now exporting more dairy products than corn. (We exported the equivalent of 31.2 billion pounds of milk, or more than the total annual milk production from New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania combined.)

Deere hits record first quarter earnings of $681 million

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Coming off a booming year, lower farm income expectations in 2014 will slow sales of John Deere agricultural machinery in the U.S. and Canada. Deere expects sales to be down 5 to 10 percent for the year.

Results of beta-agonists complicated

Thursday, February 13, 2014

More research needs to be done to further understand how all beta-agonists on the market work in cattle feeding.

Utica and Marcellus shale: Many want severance tax funds to come back to affected communities

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A third plan for the proposed severance tax may be on its way to the Ohio Statehouse.

Pero Dairy: Family, farming and community life

Thursday, February 13, 2014

EAST CANTON, Ohio — Imagine being responsible for six children, 132 dairy cattle and 400 acres on a daily basis. Some would say it is daunting to even think about it. But Randy Pero and his wife, Kristy, say it’s a life they wouldn’t trade for anything. After all, their love story started when they […]

Watch your step: Stay safe on the farm with proper lighting and footwear

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As the region continues to experience one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent years, growers and producers can take measures to ensure their safety in increasingly hazardous outdoor conditions.

Propane shortage may be waning, but price concerns aren’t going away

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

U.S. propane inventories are nearly 44 percent lower than a year ago, and, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. price for propane hit a record two weeks ago, up $1.05 to $4.01 a gallon. The propane supply is rebounding, but it is going to cost consumers.

DIY winter weather survival gear for the handy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This winter has been a doozy. If you’re handy, here’s a couple of ways to make your life in snowy weather a bit easier.

What’s the next big meat? Immigrant population driving up goat demand

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rising immigrant population means more interest in meat goats, various holidays.

Local foods offer tangible economic benefits in some regions

Monday, February 10, 2014

Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.

Nearly 9 million pounds of beef from ‘diseased and unsound’ animals recalled

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.

Sessions aimed at improving safety of fruits, veggies

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When it comes to foodborne illness, fresh produce belies its healthful aura: Fresh fruits and vegetables account for 24 percent of U.S. foodborne illness in which both the responsible food and contaminant are identified, according to a 2013 analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Renewable chemical ready for biofuels scale-up

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that’s ripe with possibility for biofuels.

Breaking: President signs 2014 farm bill

Friday, February 7, 2014

The president has signed the farm bill into law, praising bipartisanship by the House and Senate.

Milk hauling accident damages Belmont County home

Friday, February 7, 2014

A milk truck slid down a snow-covered hill, crashing into the house of a Belmont County man.

Cargill will label products containing finely textured beef

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cargill, the world’s largest producer of hamburger, has begun labeling its products that contain the company’s finely textured beef product.

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