COLUMBUS — Woodland owners in 31 northeastern and southeastern Ohio counties can apply to participate in a federal conservation easement program that provides a one-time payment in exchange for voluntarily agreeing to permanently maintain their woods as working forests. Applications will be accepted through April 23 for enrollment in the Forest Legacy Program, which is […]
Vicky Dillon of Petersburg, Ohio, was the surprised winner of our first-ever photo contest to select the cover photograph on Farm and Dairy’s Agri-Book, the 2010 Directory of Agriculture. She was surprised because she didn’t enter the photo, the owners of the farm she spectacularly captured did!
WOOSTER, Ohio — Students at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute will be milking the college’s dairy herd in style for the next several years. Thanks to a $250,000 donation from Dairymaster-USA, the ATI is making use of a new, swing-10 parlor fully equipped with computerized cow monitors, and three receiver groups, which allow students […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
A plan to fund the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is expected this month.
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, […]
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.
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Two changes in federal regulations will affect medicated feeds, including milk replacer, beginning early next year.
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 […]
2009– A year many producers would like to forget but instead will move on and hope for a brighter 2010.