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Pennsylvania slashes ag. budget and cuts contributions to crop insurance

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

State legislators design a budget but it involves funding cuts for agriculture programs.

Cattle prices ride the recovery upward

Saturday, October 24, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — A host of economic indicators suggest that the recession has ended — with more positive than negative signs for the U.S. and the world economies — signaling a recovery for the cattle industry as well. “Unfortunately the beef industry rode the recession downward. So far this year, through the month of September, […]

Beaver Co. rescuers come to the call of the farmer in danger

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beaver County fire departments form a technical response farm team and large animal rescue team

Wet weather forcing harvest to lag behind this year

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Farmers face frustration as weather continues to push back harvesting.

Tractor ride winds through northeastern Ohio

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Antique Tractor Club of Trumbull County had its fifth annual Fall Foliage Tractor Ride Oct. 10, covering the corners of Trumbull, Geauga and Ashtabula counties.

Milk market monopolization: Lawsuit filed against DFA and Dean Foods

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Record low milk prices prompt farmers in northeastern U.S. to join class action lawsuit.

Campbell’s, FFA to preserve barns

Friday, October 16, 2009

Help Grow Your Own Soup, a Campbell’s Soup program, is drawing attention to barn preservation and the FFA. You can vote for your favorite barn and also help earn donations for the FFA with your online vote.

Dairying today: Multi-family effort succeeds at Clardale Farms

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Even amid urban sprawl and record low milk prices, Stark County’s Clardale Farms recently expanded to add a double-12 milking parlor for its 450-head milking herd.

Issue 2 rally: Ohio farmers can no longer just ‘preach to the choir’

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — Farmers from Ashland County and across Ohio are preparing themselves and their friends for a “yes” vote on Ohio’s Issue 2, which will be before voters during the Nov. 3 general election. On Oct. 8, a group of farmers, lawmakers and representatives from the area gathered at Ashland High School to rally […]

Stark County woman holds claim to world’s largest pumpkin

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Christy Harp, of Jackson Township just outside Canton, has grown a 1,725-pound behemoth pumpkin, believed to be the world’s largest ever recorded. It will likely retain that title if it can survive a couple more weigh-offs.

Redding: ‘Don’t waste a good crisis’

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

If dairy farmers want to complain about the current low milk prices, they’d better be willing to offer a solution along with the complaints, or the situation will never change.

OFU’s treasurer steals from farm group

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Ohio Farmers Union treasurer may face jail time for embezzling from the organization.

Enter the Farm and Dairy photo contest

Monday, October 12, 2009

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 […]

Growers should expect budget squeeze in 2010

Saturday, October 10, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind — Farmers should see some relief on input costs next year, but profit margins are still likely to be squeezed. Bruce Erickson, a Purdue University agricultural economist, said growers would likely see the most savings on fertilizer costs in the 2010 planting season. “Some farmers were spending as much as $200 per […]

Ashland third-graders spend day on a farm

Friday, October 9, 2009

LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — The little black-and-white Holstein calves looked so cute to third-grader Vassiliya Draganova, that she decided to name one. “Bella,” she called it, which means “beautiful” in Italian. “They’re wee little and they like to lick your thumb,” she told some of her classmates — all third graders in Regina Herrick’s class from […]

Get out the punching gloves: The fight is just beginning for egg producers

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The United Egg Producers vow to keep fighting so U.S. egg producers can stay in business.

Milking with robots: Will it make sense on farms?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The notion of milking cows with a robot, let alone one named “Lely Astronaut 3,” might remind some milk producers of science fiction shows like Star Wars or Star Trek. There is no known robotic milker currently installed in Ohio, but these sleek, high-tech machines are tugging on the barn doors of some of the state’s most progressive dairies, and the seemingly fictional concept is proving to be a science rooted in efficiency and increased productivity.

Michigan passes animal care legislation

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

LANSING, Michigan — Michigan is one step away from approving a new bill to regulate animal care in agreement with standards outlined by one of the nation’s most active animal welfare organizations — The Humane Society of the United States.

KILE supreme swine titles go to Pennsylvania Hampshire boar, Ohio Duroc gilt

Monday, October 5, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Duroc gilt and Hampshire boar topped a field of 364 animals in the open breeding swine show at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition Oct. 2. Along with the receiving the champion banners, the two winners each received $250 from EMM Sales & Service, Brownstown, Pa. The winning Duroc gilt, exhibited by […]

Congressional conferees agree on aid for dairy farmers

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WASHINGTON — Senate and House negotiators agreed Sept. 30 to provide $350 million for U.S. dairy farmers. Under the language that Congress still must approve, $290 million would be provided in direct support to dairy farmers using guidelines to be determined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack under an expedited process.

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