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New collaboration seeks conversion technologies for biofuels production

Monday, March 31, 2008

AMES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Energy’s

U.S. pork surpasses PQA Plus goal

Monday, March 31, 2008

DES MOINES, Iowa — Reaffirming their commitment to the U.S. pork industry and its customers, 10,000 pork producers have become certified in National Pork Board. “We consider it a success that 10,000 producers have become certified.” The base of PQA Plus Advisers, the individuals responsible for imparting producer education, spans over 28 states and includes […]

U.S. dairy exports going up, up, up

Monday, March 31, 2008

NEW YORK — U.S. exports grew by 24 percent and accounted for 11 percent of total U.S. dairy production in 2007, according to a new Rabobank report. According to the report, U.S. Dairy Ag Focus, the international market is becoming increasingly important for the U.S. dairy sector. Exports Exports increased 24 percent by volume and […]

National Geographic features Ohio

Monday, March 31, 2008

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s 29-county Appalachian Region will be featured in the April issue of National Geographic Travel magazine. The Appalachian Driving Trails Map, which will be inserted in the magazine, features trails from each of the 13 states within the Appalachian Mountain range. The map was unveiled at the Spotlight on Appalachia Art, Music and […]

Buckwheat cover crop controls weeds

Monday, March 31, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Buckwheat cover cropping can reduce both the emergence and growth of weeds, presenting an easy and economical alternative to herbicides, according to a new study analyzing the roles of both nitrogen and fungal pathogens in weed inhibition. Results of the study are published in the latest issue of Weed Science. Cover crops […]

Lecture takes on topic of genetically modified crops

Monday, March 31, 2008

ASHLAND, Ohio — Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series, “Promises and Perils of Technology,” will continue at 7:30 p.m. April 10 as Allison Snow presents a lecture on an ecologist’s view of genetically modified crops. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. Controversial Why […]

Ohio hog inventory up 7 percent

Sunday, March 30, 2008

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio hog producers had 1.83 million hogs on hand March 1, up 1 percent from last quarter and up 7 percent from a year ago. Market hogs The number of market hogs, at 1,660,000 head, was up 1 percent from last quarter and up 7 percent from last year. Breeding stock, at […]

USDA: Farmers shifting some acres to soybeans in ’08

Friday, March 28, 2008

WASHINGTON — On the heels of last year’s record-high corn production, U.S. farmers intend to plant 8 percent fewer corn acres in 2008. That’s according to the Prospective Plantings report released March 31 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. 86 million acres in corn. Producers plan to plant 86 million acres of corn this […]

Mexico to import US breeding cattle

Friday, March 28, 2008

WASHINGTON — Mexico has agreed to allow importation of breeding cattle from the United States and Canada effective March 28, Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer announced recently. Mexico denied access to U.S. breeding stock beginning Dec. 23, 2003, when the United States announced its first-ever case of BSE. Since that time, Mexico has only allowed importation […]

Toledo Metroparks acquire 959 acres on Lake Erie shore for $6 million

Friday, March 28, 2008

TOLEDO — The board of park commissioners, governing body of Metroparks of the Toledo Area, voted March 26 to purchase six parcels of land totaling 959 acres near the Lake Erie shore in Jerusalem Township for $6 million. The largest and most costly land acquisition in Metroparks 80-year history will preserve nearly 1,000 acres of […]

Egyptian pyramids required brute strength and smart construction

Friday, March 28, 2008

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Aztecs, Mayans and ancient Egyptians were three very different civilizations with one very large similarity: pyramids. However, of these three ancient cultures, the Egyptians set the standard for what most people recognize as classic pyramid design: massive monuments with a square base and four smooth-sided triangular sides, rising to a […]

Organic cropping systems can keep up with the big boys

Friday, March 28, 2008

MADISON, Wis. — Can organic cropping systems be as productive as conventional systems? The answer is an unqualified, “Yes” for alfalfa or wheat and a qualified “Yes, most of the time” for corn and soybeans, according to research reported by scientists at the

Pollution from coal mining is hazardous

Friday, March 28, 2008

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Pollution from coal mining may have a negative impact on public health in mining communities, according to data analyzed in a West Virginia University research study. “Residents of coal-mining communities have long complained of impaired health,” said Michael Hendryx, associate director of the WVU Institute for Health Policy Research in WVU’s Community […]

Food prices on the rise in ’08: Shoppers dig deeper to fill pantries

Friday, March 28, 2008

WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket increased in the first quarter of 2008, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 basic grocery items in the first quarter of 2008, was $45.03, up about 8 percent or $3.42 from the fourth quarter […]

Holstein tops Daffodil Dairy Sale at $3,500

Friday, March 28, 2008

CARROLLTON, Ohio — The 34th Daffodil Dairy Sale reached a record high sale average of $2,049.41 per head on the 46 head sold March 25 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. The top-selling animal was a 2-year-old Holstein cow consigned by Bill and Roxanne Casper of Carrollton, Ohio. The animal was purchased for $3,500 by Russell […]

Task force tackles the future of ag

Friday, March 28, 2008

YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. — The Future of Ag Task Force met at the

Restaurant entrepreneur steals the show at Sustainable Ag Day event

Friday, March 28, 2008

PITTSFIELD, Pa. — Sustainable Ag Day in Warren County received high marks by the day’s participants. People came to learn and the speakers did not disappoint them. One participant told others who asked about the day, “This is one that you should not have missed. There was something new for everyone.” Laura Agnew from the […]

National Ayrshire Convention hosts elite sale, offers tours and workshops

Friday, March 28, 2008

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The New York Ayrshire Club is gearing up to host the 2008 National Ayrshire Convention June 4-7 in Rochester, N.Y. at the R.I.T. Inn and Conference Center. Besides the annual business of the Ayrshire association, the convention will be packed with tours, workshops, contests and the national sale. Other tours include the […]

Baled stover robs fields of nutrients

Friday, March 28, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As spring planting gets under way, farmers who baled corn stover for winter feed will have to replace soil nutrients lost during residue removal, said Chad Lee, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension grains specialist. With last year’s inclement weather, many livestock producers across the United States were faced with a shortage of […]

Simple ways to stay safe this spring

Thursday, March 27, 2008

It is no surprise that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations. A number of factors, including noise, heavy machinery, animals, machine parts that rotate, cut and pinch, and long hours all contribute to this fact.

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