More than 80 years ago, in a hotel in Kansas City, Mo., a small group of 33 young farm boys met to form an agricultural program for youth. Today, that same organization — known as FFA is still growing with more than a half-million members from every U.S. state, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Part I of a three-part series.
The constitutional amendment proposed by the group, Ohioans for Humane Farms, moves closer to ballot.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — That old saying about necessity being the mother of all invention? It’s true, you know. Just ask Kenny Kuhns. The Trumbull County, Ohio, farmer was frustrated with the labor-intensive process of making small square bales of hay. He had a good market for the smaller bales, selling to local horse owners, but […]
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The American Jersey Cattle Association sent a release to members Feb. 15 telling them the genomes of 15 animals recorded by the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory have been found to include DNA associated with the Holstein breed. All 15 are progeny of the cow named “Oomsdale Gordo Goldie Gratitude 111224922.” There are […]
If this week’s CBS Evening News report on antibiotics used on farms has you concerned, don’t be. On Feb. 9-10, CBS news anchor Katie Couric aired a report critical of antibiotics used on farms, leading viewers to believe recent outbreaks in the staph infection MRSA may have come from workers who handled poultry and swine […]
Just spent the day in Louisville, Ky., at the National Farm Machinery Show. Here are some of the photos from our trip to the show. Check back for more photos, as well as news.
WOOSTER, Ohio — A two-part CBS Evening News series on the use of antibiotics on the farm has spurred much anticipated concern among consumers and the farm community. The series concluded the evening of Feb. 10 with an interview of a Danish hog farm and a Pennsylvania turkey farm, where antibiotics are not administered in […]
The Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District hopes the third time is the charm.
Kentucky may become the next state to develop a Livestock Care Standards Commission.
Public outcry from farmers changes the mind of the USDA about NAIS
COLUMBUS — Unhappy with the charge of paying an additional feed tax and the possibility of having their own standards compromised, several groups representing organic, “small farmers” and “family farmers” asked Ohio’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to be exempted from the soon-to-be formed livestock care standards board. The board was approved by more than […]
The Ohio Attorney General moved the proposed constitutional amendment forward.
COLUMBUS — The House Agriculture Committee listened to more than two hours of opponent testimony to implementing the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board at the Ohio Capitol Feb. 3. A preacher, animal welfare advocates, the executive director for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and several cattle farmers spoke to the problems they see […]
WOOSTER, Ohio — After experiencing one of the worst years for milk prices, dairy farmers across the nation were served yet another forceful blow just a few weeks into the new year. On Jan. 26, ABC and some of the biggest names in animal rights groups revealed undercover videos showing dairy cattle being dehorned, tails […]
Straying from conventional: Pinzgauer turns out to be cattle breed of choice.
DAYTON — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife said recently another record-setting deer has been harvested in southwestern Ohio.
The 18-point nontypical (nonsymmetrical antlered) deer, taken by Brian Stephens Nov. 30 with a muzzleloader in Highland County, was officially scored Jan. 30.
Settlements have been reached between Witmer’s Feed and Grain, Inc., an ex-employee and three other defendants. However, the details are not being released.
Ohioans for Humane Farms files petitions to put measure on November ballot.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is calling for international donors to support a $700 million investment plan in the agricultural sector to repair earthquake damaged infrastructure, boost national food production, and create employment for people fleeing Port-au-Prince. The plan was drawn up by the Haitian government. Cornerstone The […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Like the fibers that float through the air from their just-spun wardrobe, shawl-draped Butler County Pedalers members anxiously floated from spinning wheel to weaver, talking about their love of wool. One wears a pure cashmere shawl, hand-made. Another sports a very soft, durable shawl made of silk and mohair — all hand-knit […]