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Pero Dairy: Family, farming and community life

Thursday, February 13, 2014

EAST CANTON, Ohio — Imagine being responsible for six children, 132 dairy cattle and 400 acres on a daily basis. Some would say it is daunting to even think about it. But Randy Pero and his wife, Kristy, say it’s a life they wouldn’t trade for anything. After all, their love story started when they […]

Watch your step: Stay safe on the farm with proper lighting and footwear

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As the region continues to experience one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent years, growers and producers can take measures to ensure their safety in increasingly hazardous outdoor conditions.

Propane shortage may be waning, but price concerns aren’t going away

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

U.S. propane inventories are nearly 44 percent lower than a year ago, and, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. price for propane hit a record two weeks ago, up $1.05 to $4.01 a gallon. The propane supply is rebounding, but it is going to cost consumers.

DIY winter weather survival gear for the handy

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This winter has been a doozy. If you’re handy, here’s a couple of ways to make your life in snowy weather a bit easier.

What’s the next big meat? Immigrant population driving up goat demand

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rising immigrant population means more interest in meat goats, various holidays.

Local foods offer tangible economic benefits in some regions

Monday, February 10, 2014

Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.

Nearly 9 million pounds of beef from ‘diseased and unsound’ animals recalled

Monday, February 10, 2014

Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,742,700 pounds, because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.

Sessions aimed at improving safety of fruits, veggies

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When it comes to foodborne illness, fresh produce belies its healthful aura: Fresh fruits and vegetables account for 24 percent of U.S. foodborne illness in which both the responsible food and contaminant are identified, according to a 2013 analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Renewable chemical ready for biofuels scale-up

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that’s ripe with possibility for biofuels.

Breaking: President signs 2014 farm bill

Friday, February 7, 2014

The president has signed the farm bill into law, praising bipartisanship by the House and Senate.

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