Surviving the dairy crisis may mean changes to operation SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Perseverance, heart, soul, patience and optimism. These are the traits a dairy farmer has had to develop in order to make it through the past several months of low milk prices. Or what many of them say they had to develop in […]
CANTON, Ohio — In 1850, Jacob Schwartz helped to start the Stark County Agricultural Society, and the organization scheduled the first Stark County Fair in October. Nearly 160 years later, Schwartz’s great-great-grandson, Charles Swartz of Canton, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Fair Association’s Hall of Fame.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Kaia Solberg is 15, and loves dancing, shopping, scrapbooking and Robert Pattinson, the actor from the Twilight movies. Shizu Ka Konno, also 15, enjoys taking classes, singing and participating in track and field. So what’s so different about these seemingly average American teenagers? They’re not from America. Kaia lives in Norway, […]
Check out these photos from the junior fair market livestock competitions at this year’s Summit County Fair.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — Dairymen pay close attention to their feed bills. And they should, since feed is a major expense on the dairy farm. But what about your electric bill? There might be some ways you could shave some dollars off your electricity use. Shouldn’t ignore In South Dakota, for example, electricity alone represents 30 […]
Attention shutterbugs! Have you ever wanted to shoot a cover photo? Well, Farm and Dairy is offering you that chance. We are conducting a photo contest and the winning photo will appear on the cover of the 2010 Agri-Book. Photos must have a farm/agricultural connection and can encompass anything in the rural community from rolling […]
SmartStax just received registration from the U.S. EPA and Canadian Feed Inspection Agency, setting the stage for a 2010 commercial launch.
Groups gather to learn about livestock and ways to handle the animals.
Find out the top animals from the 2009 Carroll County Fair Livestock Auction and see photos from the fairgrounds.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Brother and sister farm partners Bob Guidice and Carol Davis think it’s a shame that more people aren’t aware of AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians, a USDA grant program that provides assistance to farmers and farm family members who are struggling to farm while challenged with a long-term injury or illness. Physical challenges […]
WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio could be looking at record wheat yields this year, driven mainly by near-perfect growing conditions and negligent disease development. Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist and wheat specialist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, said preliminary reports indicate growers are harvesting 80-and 90-bushel per acre wheat, […]
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Joseph Mast of Millersburg, Ohio, was first runner-up for the second year in a row at the International Auctioneer Championship held July 17. The competition was part of the 60th International Auctioneers Conference and Show July 13-18 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas. This is Mast’s third year competing, […]
For beef customers, it’s all about taste and tenderness. Can science help cattlemen raise cattle that taste better?
Farmers may lose ability to use preventative antibiotics in herds if new legislation is passed.
Three barns across Ohio have burned in less than a week and a half.
By Chris Penrose Now that we have up most of our hay for the year, we can start to determine if there will be enough stored feed for the winter. Many farmers I have talked with have had significant reductions in yields this year leaving hay in short supply. In addition, many areas have been […]
CRESTON, Ohio — No farmer should have to go through one barn fire, let alone two, but that is just one of the challenges Virgil and Lois Gasser have faced during their 37 years in the dairy business. Just one week before the annual Wayne County Dairy Service Unit Twilight Tour, Gasser lost a barn […]
Shearing for 24 hours straight, Doug Rathke, 48, of Minnesota, sheared 607 sheep and Gavin McKerrow, 60, of Wisconsin, sheared 487 sheep.
ST. LOUIS — There won’t be a vote on the soybean checkoff this year. The USDA received requests from only about one-tenth of 1 percent of all U.S. soybean growers to hold a referendum on the soybean checkoff. USDA received only 759 requests — out of the 589,182 eligible farmers — for referendum forms at […]
DENVER — An eastern Ohio beef operation was named a regional winner of the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, held the week of July 17 in Denver, Colo. Richard and Jayne Young of Young’s Cattle Company in Belmont, Ohio, were nominated by the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and […]