WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio farmers have planted more than a million acres of wheat this season, the second year that seeding has surged over the 1 million mark. According to the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service, farmers planted 1.02 million acres, slightly down from the 1.12 million acres planted in 2008, but still 20 percent higher […]
ALLIANCE, Ohio — The whistle blows. Meagan Gravlee calmly walks to the rack of bows and selects her favorite. She strides to her mark, 10 meters from the target. Carefully loading an arrow, the archer stares straight ahead at the goal. Raising her bow, she takes aim. She fires. Bulls-eye.
URBANA, Ill. — Swollen lymph nodes beneath your jaw are a common occurrence in human medicine. While they are not usually a major concern to physicians, mention to an equine veterinarian that your horse has large swellings on the side of its neck and their reaction is quite the opposite. “Strangles is a highly contagious […]
URBANA, Ill. — Pork producers should be “conservative and defensive” this year even though profitability may be on the horizon, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist.
Leroy Baker Jr., owner and operator of Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, has been fined more than $162,000 by the USDA for violating equine transport laws. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) filed a complaint against Baker in March 2008, alleging he violated the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.
SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers, you’ve had your warning. The Humane Society of the United States — the group who’s successfully outlawed hen cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in California, Arizona and Florida — has its eye on doing the same in the Buckeye State. The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to […]
COLUMBUS — Farmers know that agricultural equipment can cause compaction in no-till crop fields, but Ohio State University researchers have found that, depending on soil type, compaction can be severe and persist for years. Based on 20 years of compaction studies at various locations in Ohio, just one year of harvest traffic on clay soils […]
SALEM, Ohio — The Washington winds shifted subtly with the release of the Obama administration’s first budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
WASHINGTON — What do the Agricultural Research Service, George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and Colonial Williamsburg, Va., have in common? Here’s a hint: The answer has four legs and a woolly tail. Both the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which operates Washington’s estate, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates Colonial Williamsburg, maintain flocks of heirloom […]
HOWARD, Ohio — They say it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good. This cold January has certainly helped the fuel dealers, and it has put a thick layer of ice on farm ponds.
SALEM, Ohio — As best as Dean Armstrong can figure, he was at least 18 months old before he started writing. OK, maybe he wasn’t that young, but the cowboy poet has been filling up pages with his thoughts ever since he learned to spell. Anyone who writes knows words can be personal, but last […]
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the final rule for the Country of Origin Labeling program will go into effect as scheduled March 16. He also released a letter inviting stakeholders to follow additional voluntary labeling practices. The rule, published in the Federal Register Jan. 15, has been under regulatory review by […]
SALEM, Ohio — It’ll be one of the easiest ways you’ll ever make money off your farmland. That’s what’s being said about carbon credit trading, and farmers in eight Pennsylvania counties have the chance to be among the first in the Keystone State to get involved and profit from doing, well, nothing. Pilot Gary Swan, […]
A dismal decline in milk prices during recent months has left America’s dairy farmers facing devastating circumstances. Thanks to the global economic recession and growing dairy supplies, milk prices are down more than 50 percent from last summer. The tumble comes on the heels of all-time highs in 2007 and the second-highest level on record in 2008.
James Wood (center) accepted a trophy in 1973 for taking first place in his class at the tractor pulling championship in Louisville, Ky. Now, he’s working on his final pulling tractor — a project he calls Last Ride.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — They’re round and black and unless you’re a farmer, you don’t give farm tires a second thought. The ag world, however, has been paying very close attention to its tires — particularly since they’ve been in short supply for well over a year. Equipment manufacturers and tire dealers alike are breathing down […]
Chances are, the flock of geese that U.S Airways Flight 1549 flew through Jan. 15 before crash landing in the Hudson River was not composed of migrating birds, according to wildlife experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Farmers were looking, perhaps dreaming a little, but many were also spending. Farm equipment and allied industry exhibitors were smiling, perhaps holding their breath a little, but many were also exhaling. The National Farm Machinery Show, Feb. 11-14, in Louisville, Ky., was a solid litmus test of agriculture’s state of mind. Would […]
COLUMBUS — For the seventh straight year, testing of Ohio’s deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease, a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. Results According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 1,021 samples last […]
Mahoning County farmer Ed Schaefer Jr. decided to skip the flowers, chocolates and mushy card for his wife, Jen, and made a more public statement last weekend for Valentine’s Day. “There’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a load of manure, is there?” he joked. Schaefer spread his love — and […]