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National guidelines urge doctors to ease on antibiotics

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

COLUMBUS — Sinus infection sufferers may see a change during their doctors appointments this cold and allergy season as new national guidelines urge doctors to do less prescribing and more educating. As many as 45 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic sinus infections each year. After decades of overprescribing antibiotics, at a cost […]

Political ads? We tune out the opposition

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

COLUMBUS — A recent study examined people’s bodily responses while watching presidential campaign ads — and discovered another way that people avoid political information that challenges their beliefs. In the last days of the 2008 campaign, researchers had 15 people watch a variety of actual ads for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his Democratic […]

White House honors 11 people for food security work in U.S and globally

Saturday, September 15, 2012

WASHINGTON — Recently the White House welcomed 11 Champions of Change who have committed themselves to strengthening food security in the U.S. and around the world. Today, almost 1 billion people do not have access to a sufficient supply of nutritious and safe food, and 16 million children in the U.S. experience food insecurity each […]

Temple Grandin to speak at grazing conference

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

SOMERSET, Pa. — Southwest Pennsylvania Project Grass is hosting a grazing conference in Indiana, Pa. Oct. 11-12. The first day of the event will be held at the Kovalchick Complex and will feature speakers who will speak on grazing. The second day of the event includes a combination of demonstrations held at the Indiana Fair […]

Outdoor wildlife recreation is worth big bucks

Thursday, September 6, 2012

According to the results of the recently released 2011 National survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, more people than ever (16 and older) participated in wildlife recreation. Hunter numbers (13.7 million) grew 9 percent from 2006 to 2011. The number of anglers (33.1 million) increased 11 percent during the same time period. And the number […]

Summer of 2012: Too hot to handle?

Friday, August 10, 2012

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — This past June, more than 170 all-time U.S. heat records were tied or broken — many of them originally set in the historically hotter months of July and August. And with a drought plaguing much of the country, the ground is as dry and crispy as a saltine cracker. Widespread drought By […]

Kids with stressed parents eat more junk

Thursday, August 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — In a tight economy, with fewer jobs, many people end up working harder and sacrificing more to stay employed. A new study finds that one of those sacrifices is sometimes their own and their family’s nutrition. While prior studies have implicated working mothers in providing less healthy family food environments, this is one […]

Machinery custom rates for silage operations can vary by method

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Significant drought conditions in many parts of Ohio have led to an increased interest in harvesting corn as silage. With very few farmers owning silage-making equipment, many are looking to neighbors that do own silage harvesting-equipment or professional custom farming providers to help them meet their needs. Questions arise about custom farming rates and the […]

Food Dialogues event is looking for the ‘faces of farming and ranching’

Friday, July 13, 2012

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance kicks off nationwide search to find top ambassadors of agriculture.

Hazlett: Be of Good Cheer

Thursday, July 12, 2012

BE OF GOOD CHEER “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee” Matt. 9:2. Have you ever paused to think about the fact that you only have one life to live on this earth? The older I get the more I realize that time is going fast and that I need to slow […]

New law eliminates inheritance tax, realty transfer tax on family farms

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chairman Elder Vogel (R-47) announced July 9 that Governor Tom Corbett has signed a new law exempting family farms from the inheritance tax and the realty transfer tax. Continuing the farming tradition “This legislation is about furthering opportunity in […]

Expansions in dairy industry lead to surplus, lows for milk prices

Thursday, June 21, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — One source of income for Pennsylvania dairy farmers has hit its lowest point in three years, according to a dairy market expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Lowest point since 2009 James Dunn, professor of agricultural economics, said that in May, milk margin per hundredweight — the income portion […]

Annual plow day helps preserve draft horse farming traditions

Friday, May 25, 2012

That’s what it’s all about: preserving and improving draft horse skills and traditions and passing them on to the next generation.

Vilsack: Ag research and education key to prosperity and security

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Investment in agricultural research doesn’t benefit just the 2 percent of the population involved in farming. It’s a matter of national security, job creation, energy independence and human health. That’s according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who visited Penn State’s University Park campus May 16 to tour College of Agricultural […]

Free public tour series features Ohio’s organic and sustainable farms

Friday, May 18, 2012

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) has announced its 2012 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, featuring free public tours of sustainable and organic farms. Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, aspiring and beginning farmers, and anyone interested […]

Friendship is golden

Thursday, May 17, 2012

FRIENDS Sometimes we allow ourselves to think that we have no friends. I guess it is just the human part of us to think that way. Especially we think that way when things are not going as well as they should. It is my belief that those thoughts often have their beginning when we struggle […]

N.Y. Farm Viability Institute’s bilingual project prompts spinoff

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The New York Farm Viability Institute’s bilingual dairy training project has spun off an independent program in support of Western New York dairy farms with Spanish-speaking employees.

Henryville ‘super cell’ tornado relief

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Henryville ‘super cell’ tornado relief: A series of tornados swept across Midwest states March 2, resulting in more than 30 fatalities in southern Indiana and northern Kentucky. The line of destruction runs from New Pekin, Indiana east across Interstate 65 to Henryville and then through the farm country and communities of Chelsea and Marysville. The […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 22, 2012:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — At the sub-district speaking contest, Hillsdale FFA’er Keayla Harr placed first in the creed speaking, Brooke Ogle placed second in the beginning prepared speaking, McKenzie Stimmell placed first in the advanced prepared speaking and Stephanie Shuck placed first in the extemporaneous public speaking. At the district contest, Stephanie Shuck won the extemporaneous […]

Vacation With Us… K&S Millwrights

Thursday, March 8, 2012

We needed no incentive to tag along on this incentive trip to Maui. The folks at — Nate, Bryan, Gary and Kurt — earned the trip through Sukup Manufacturing. We hope they win again next year. Just sayin’.

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