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Food companies, farm industry helping Haiti earthquake victims

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — As thousands of devastated people in Haiti continue to search for family members and friends, and cope with looting frenzies and safety, American food companies and farmers are sending help. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 disrupted food and water supplies into and within the nation, leaving scores of […]

Jersey takes supreme banner at Pa. Farm Show

Monday, January 18, 2010

ABOVE: Kristen Mull (at halter), showed the supreme champion at this year’s Pa. Farm Show, Reich-Dale Counciller Hali. Also pictured (L-R) are alternate state dairy princess, Crystal Hitz; Pennsylvania Dairy Princess, Krystal Wasson; Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding; Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess Karla Stoltzfus. HARRISBURG, Pa. — Reich-Dale Counciller Hali, owned by Kristin Mull, […]

Farm groups submit revised animal ID plan to USDA

Friday, January 15, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cattle industry groups have agreed on 12 principles in the development of a cattle disease traceability identification system and submitted their plan to the USDA.

Staple food prices trend down for fifth straight quarter

Friday, January 15, 2010

WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased for the fifth consecutive quarter and are significantly lower than one year ago, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare a meal was $42.90, down $3.13 […]

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board: More than a paper tiger

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A plan to fund the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is expected this month.

Some county OSU Extensions still looking for funding

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

COLUMBUS — The future of Ohio State University Extension and 4-H in at least a half-dozen Ohio counties is still being decided for 2010. A lack of county funding, followed by the failure of levies in November to provide operational funds, has county directors looking for answers that could ultimately decide whether their programs continue, […]

Farmers keep at it, despite coldest weather of the season

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Cold winter weather can mean a lot of things to different people. For some, it’s the canceling of school or work, the signal to head south to enjoy the sunshine, or a good excuse to stay inside and relax — maybe watch some television, read or sleep. There’s nothing wrong with any […]

Indiana County teen exhibits winning lamb, topping 230 entries.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Indiana County teen exhibits winning lamb, topping 230 entries.

2010: It’s still not ‘business as usual’ for agriculture

Monday, January 11, 2010

SALEM, Ohio — Let’s start the year as most prognosticators do: predicting what will happen in the next 12 months. But we needed help, so we turned to Chris Hurt, agricultural economist at Purdue University; Tom Schlenker, executive vice president of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America; and Matt Roberts, agricultural economist at Ohio State University. […]

Futures market may be last hope for dying U.S. pork industry

Friday, January 8, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bankruptcy is a terrible word, but one that indicates the pork industry is entering the “last leg down” in this cycle. Attorneys for several large producers have posted the “out of business” sign in recent months.

‘Family farming’ has deep roots for Mount Gilead, Ohio dairy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio — The phrase “family farm” has a very significant meaning for 27-year-old Andy Creswell and his family’s farm in Ohio’s Morrow County. Creswell is the sole proprietor of Spring Valley Farm, a 200-cow dairy along County Road 30. But with his grandparents living in the neighboring home, and his own parents in […]

Taiwan closes door to some U.S. beef

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

WASHINGTON — Despite a recent agreement to allow a full reopening of the Taiwan market to U.S. beef, Taiwanese lawmakers announced Jan. 5 that additional restrictions would be placed on U.S. beef imports, due to alleged safety concerns. Both the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the USDA expressed disappointment at the move, saying […]

Wind turbine powers the way for Ohio produce grower

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

REEDSBURG, Ohio — It may take a few years to pay for itself, but produce grower Monica Bongue has her sight set on wind and what it can do for her small farm in Ohio’s Wayne County. In early December, Bongue worked with Wind Turbines of Ohio to install a turbine on her farm, which […]

Ultrasound and artificial insemination techniques improve sheep breeding

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

DUBOIS, Idaho — Bred for meat as well as wool, sheep have been part of the American landscape since colonial times. Now, advances in genetic research are changing breeding procedures, leading to faster, cheaper and more accurate techniques. Using ultrasound New research is making it easier to predict the future — at least as far […]

New Regulations for Medicated Feeds

Monday, January 4, 2010

Two changes in federal regulations will affect medicated feeds, including milk replacer, beginning early next year.

Power of mind can help with diet resolution

Sunday, January 3, 2010

WASHINGTON — The fleeting thought of a candy bar is often enough to inspire a powerful sweet tooth. But if people go through the motions of devouring an entire candy bar in their mind’s eye — imagining each and every repetitive bite, chew, and swallow — then they would likely consume less of an actual […]

Year in Review: 2009

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009– A year many producers would like to forget but instead will move on and hope for a brighter 2010.

2009 Adult writing contest and youth art winners

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The holidays have a special meaning to all of us. It could be the sights and sounds of the children sled riding down the hill behind the farm house or the late nights making holiday treats in the kitchen. Or it could be the traditions we have in our families that we celebrate every year. […]

2009 Adult writing contest and youth art winners

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The holidays have a special meaning to all of us. It could be the sights and sounds of the children sled riding down the hill behind the farm house or the late nights making holiday treats in the kitchen. Or it could be the traditions we have in our families that we celebrate every year. […]

Economist: Corn prices increase, wheat and soybeans fall flat

Monday, December 28, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — While prices for the 2009 corn crop may continue to slowly climb as corn demand increases in 2010, soybean and wheat prices have a slightly more dismal outlook, said Chris Hurt, Purdue University agricultural economist. “As we look down the road to 2010, demand is going to continue for corn,” Hurt […]


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