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The evolution of ethanol: Promising new research goes beyond corn

Friday, February 25, 2011

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Fueling up your car with ethanol produced from blue-green algae may sound far-fetched. But Bill Gibbons, a professor and researcher in South Dakota State University’s Department of Biology and Microbiology, says it is close to reality — with commercial availability of this new generation of ethanol just four or five years away. […]

Organics and local food reign at OEFFA conference

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Organic producers gather to celebrate another year of success and continue education.

MacDaddy: It’s a power trip

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Julia Conny is only 19 and she already likes the feeling of power. That is, she likes the power of her 9300 Super Farm pulling tractor, MacDaddy. Conny is one of the few women in the tractor pulling sport. This year, she was also one of the few who received an invitation […]

National Farm Machinery Show: U.S. farm economy is going strong

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Equipment in exhibits boasted hand-lettered “sold” signs. Manufacturer reps and salesmen were busy. Attendees was up, and both exhibitors and visitors seemed upbeat.

Horsepower in Louisville: National Farm Machinery Show

Monday, February 21, 2011

Who won big in Louisville? At least one Ohio puller brought home the championship! Frank Keener, of Ashland, Ohio, topped the 8,000-pound super stock alcohol tractor division. Check out some photos and videos!

Break even to save money on taxes

Monday, February 21, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Taxpayers once had very few options for how to receive refunds from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service — they either got a check in the mail or a direct deposit to a bank account. But family-finance experts at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences said savvy management of refunds and adjustments […]

There is nothing natural about agriculture, when you think about it

Thursday, February 17, 2011

All natural eggs! Naturally raised chickens! Natural tofu! If ‘natural’ is so good, then why doesn’t Ford claim a natural pickup, or Apple an all-natural iPhone?

Ice road trucker: Hauling milk is all-weather task

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reporter spends day learning the basics of milk hauling, especially in bad weather.

Beekeeping workshop set for Wooster

Saturday, February 12, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio State University Extension and the Tri-County Beekeepers Association of Northeastern Ohio will hold the 33rd annual Spring Beekeeping Workshop the evening of March 4, and all day March 5 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) Wooster campus.

Study: Consumers value safer food more than current analyses suggest

Saturday, February 12, 2011

COLUMBUS — Government regulators could more realistically assess the value of improving food safety if they considered that consumers typically want to avoid getting sick — even if it means they have to pay a little extra for safer food, researchers say. In the world of food regulation, cost-benefit analyses are a primary tool for […]

New Syngenta corn trait touted as way to make ethanol more efficiently; USDA gives OK

Friday, February 11, 2011

Syngenta’s Enogen corn amylase trait is the first genetically modified output trait in corn for the ethanol industry. The grain will be produced only by corn growers under contract with a licensed ethanol plant.

Big bullies: Coyotes are efficient hunters and clever killers

Thursday, February 10, 2011

For the most part, coyotes live an invisible life, but in recent years they are showing themselves as bold neighborhood bullies as they adapt to city life.

The boon and bane of Marcellus Shale: What to do when opportunity knocks

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I grew up on a farm in Washington County. We never had much money, but most people thought we did because we owned property. Farmers understand their land is often worth more than their farm business. A common joke among farmers is that if they come into some money, they will just keep farming until it’s all gone. Enter Marcellus Shale.

Medina trustees want tougher regs on anhydrous ammonia tanks

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Trustees file complaint against Ohio Department of Agriculture to stop use of 12,000-gallon anhydrous tank; ODA counters suit has no legal standing.

Beef cattle numbers decreasing as producers back out of the business

Monday, February 7, 2011

URBANA, Ill. — A smaller beef herd reported in USDA‘s Jan. 1 cattle inventory estimates has provided the cattle markets with even more bullish news. Beef cow numbers continue to fall as producers seem to want out of the business, said Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt. “The continued decline is related to multi-year financial […]

John Ligo wins quality assurance award

Sunday, February 6, 2011

MERCER, Pa. — Two farmers recently received the annual national Beef Quality Assurance award, created to recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers who incorporate Beef Quality Assurance principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their operations. The winners The 2011 winners were John Ligo, LiTerra Farms of Mercer, Pa. (dairy), and Mike Milicevic, Lykes […]

Ohio exotic animal owners await Kasich decision on ban

Friday, February 4, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — It could still be a couple weeks before Ohio’s new governor takes a close look at an emergency order signed by former Gov. Ted Strickland, banning ownership and sale of certain “dangerous wild animals.” When he does, feedback from both sides will be abundant. The Ohio Division of Wildlife plans to present […]

Agriculture changing as Marcellus Shale drilling gains ground

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tom Murphy, Penn State University extension educator for Lycoming County, sat down Jan. 26 for a one-on-one interview with the Farm and Dairy.

Murphy is co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Crawford County farmer, George Greig, tapped to lead Pa. ag department

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett announced Feb. 1 he intends to nominate George Greig, a farmer from Linesville, Crawford County, as state secretary of agriculture.

Ohio grazing conference 10 years strong, good mission

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dairy graziers come by the masses to better their skills, network with other producers.


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