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Animal cruelty is the cause du jour

Thursday, July 26, 2007

There is concern, and rightfully so, among many on today’s farms as outside influences converge to voice opinions on everything from long-standing ag business practices to animal treatment.

Dairy farmers take co-op to task

Thursday, July 26, 2007

After years of private gripes and government investigations, 17 Southeast dairy farmers filed two federal class-action civil lawsuits in Tennessee July 5 charging the nation’s milk giants with “conspiracy

Take stock of the farm every year

Thursday, July 26, 2007

You may not consider yourself a large corporation, but completing a regular SWOT analysis of your farm or agricultural business can be beneficial to keep you competitive.

The Improved Blueberry

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The first berries I helped pick, when I was a kid, were strawberries. Makes sense. Close to the ground, easy to reach, I loved to eat them, but they still make my arms itch.

Son’s bravery turns Mom upside down

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hanging upside down at 45 mph is definitely NOT the time to start fretting about your child’s hip-to-shoulder ratio.

Sacrificing crops for silage is a good move if conditions are met

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Dry conditions in many parts of the state have greatly reduced hay and hay silage yields, which has reduced forage inventory on many dairy farms.

Environment and economics: Making the case for farmland preservation

Thursday, July 26, 2007

(Editor’s note: This week, we begin a four-part look at Ohio’s farmland preservation efforts.) Each year in the United States, more than 1 million acres of land are converted from agriculture to other uses – never to be reclaimed.

Dairy tour featured improvements

Thursday, July 26, 2007

MARSHALLVILLE, Ohio – The annual Wayne County Dairy Tour July 10 was hosted at L & R Farm near Marshallville.

New bill allows farm vehicles to travel even faster

Thursday, July 26, 2007

COLUMBUS – Gov. Ted Strickland signed House Bill 9, which increases the speed allowed for farm machinery while ensuring safety precautions on Ohio roadways.

Farm bill moves to House floor

Thursday, July 26, 2007

WASHINGTON – The House agriculture committee unanimously passed a new farm bill July 19 that expands benefits to nearly all sectors of agriculture, including fruits and vegetables.

Drought-stricken livestock producers to get some emergency grazing relief

Thursday, July 26, 2007

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has enacted a measure to provide livestock in drought-affected states with needed additional hay and forage.

Court sides with livestock producers

Thursday, July 26, 2007

WASHINGTON – The National Pork Producers Council recently applauded a federal court decision to dismiss challenges to the validity of air emissions agreements between the Environmental Protection Agency and livestock and poultry operations.

Columbiana County names trio to Agricultural Hall of Fame

Thursday, July 26, 2007

LISBON, Ohio – Three individuals will be inducted into the Columbiana County Agricultural Hall of Fame on opening day of the Columbiana County Fair.

Can’t break this habit

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Carroll County Fair week wasn’t all work for fair board member Dave Seck, as he got to play a little during Friday’s tractor pull on his Farmall 806.

Royal White delight

Thursday, July 26, 2007

(Editor’s note: This story is the final installment in a three-part series on sheep farming. Each story focuses on a different type of sheep production.

Carroll County junior fair sale totals $165,658

Thursday, July 26, 2007

CARROLLTON, Ohio – An auction is part marketing, part showmanship and part timing. But it’s 100 percent entertainment, as the Carroll County Fair market livestock sale easily illustrated.

Bugle Ridge Farm taps into old and new markets

Thursday, July 26, 2007

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – When cattle groups plan summer field days, it’s usually to see a beef farm. After all, most producers are curious to see how other farmers manage their operations and they want to check out the herd.

Accident highlights the need for vigilance

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Farming is a great lifestyle, but it can also be dangerous.

Is it The Year for farm bill? Well ..

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The ag world treats the cyclical years when the farm bill is written as The Years. As in “this could be The Year that meaningful reform streamlines ag programs” or “this could be The Year that environmental mandates include substantial financial assistance.

Prison life easier than dairy farm life

Thursday, July 19, 2007

As I sat talking with a couple of friends one day last week, the subject of prisoners and prison life came up, somehow connected to all the media hype over poor little rich girl, Paris Hilton.

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