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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 […]


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