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Three Little Pigs

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kathy Breychak of Columbia Station, Ohio, purchased these friendly pigs a few years ago. It didn’t take long for them to warm up to their new home or the idea of becoming photogenic “hams.”

Hazard A Guess: Week of July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget.

Berry Beautiful

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Though blue is one of the most popular colors and is said to cause the body to produce calming chemicals, it is considered one of the least appetizing. Green, brown, and red are the most popular food colors. Blue food is rare in nature. Food researchers say that when early humans searched for food, they […]

The best of times, the worst of times

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The American economy is downright Dickensian. If you’re in investment banking, airlines, real estate or automobile anything, it’s the worst of times. If you’re in commodities — oil, copper, potash, gold, corn, soybeans — it’s the best of times.

New technology not always easy

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Long before November, the television’s remote or its mute button or both will self-destruct. With my help. Witness the gag reflex for the explicit commercials for what should be very personal problems for men and women, invariably aired at supper time. Hit the button. And now pre-election political come-ons for both parties are repeated over […]

A roundup of FFA news for July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

OBERLIN, Ohio — The Firelands FFA chapter held its annual summer picnic July 11 at the Krumwiedes’ farm in Wakeman. Members enjoyed hillbilly golf, corn hole, volleyball, swimming, and an inflatable bouncing cage, followed by a bonfire. The next FFA meeting is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 in the Agricultural Science room at Firelands.

Everything old is new again

Thursday, July 31, 2008

You never know when your own fossilization is going to fall on you like a piano from above. For me, that moment came when a friend’s 9-year-old flipped open her brand-new cell phone to show me all the features. It was way better than her “old one” she informed me, which was “lame and did […]

A roundup of 4-H news for July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — The Country Classics 4-H club met July 16 at the Steubenville Saddle Club with 29 members present. Mara Carducci was in charge of the meeting. Plans for the Jefferson County Fair were discussed. Six members gave demonstrations. The next meeting is at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Aug. 6. * […]

FSA Andy for July 31, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hello again! This week I’m going to reissue a previous article I wrote. Amazingly enough the same issues I wrote about two years ago are still points of contention at FSA offices. Most county offices have gone to appointments to better assist producers. Please try to keep your appointment if at all possible. Please reschedule […]

Lots to see at conservation expo

Thursday, July 31, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation Expo in Carroll County will have advice on everything from antique tractors to wildlife control. Set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13, the expo will also feature keynote speaker Joel Salatin, a Virginia farmer who promotes sustainable agriculture. Salatin will give presentations at 11 […]

Snorkeling provides a close view of aquatic life

Thursday, July 31, 2008

As summer temperatures rise, spring-fed streams are great places to stay cool. With just a face mask, a snorkel and an old pair of sneakers, you can observe aquatic life on its own terms — under water. Snorkeling opens a whole new world to the curious naturalist. Snorkeling is usually associated with tropical locations. While […]

Small town celebrations can’t be beat

Thursday, July 31, 2008

There was the milkman, the postman, the soda jerk and the hardware clerk. We had the shy guy, the intrepid talker, the lady forever dressed to the nines with every hair in place, no matter it was just a boring Monday in our little town. We were blessed with the grain elevator owner who respected […]

It was a bad month on LaSalle Street

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Any way you look at it, July has been a tough month in Chicago. The LaSalle Street losers have seen corn down $2.63, soybeans down $2.79 1/2 and wheat down nearly $2. All of these commodities bounced back, but the results have been grim for those on the long side of this market. Grains have […]

Summit County Fair market livestock sale results

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Summit County Fair.

FFA youth finish ‘Operation Payback’

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

RIPLEY, Ohio — The Midwestern United States flooding of 1993 returned in 2008 and many agricultural communities are experiencing the challenges of cleaning up after another episode of inclement weather. Images of homes inundated with flood waters filled local and national television newscasts during June. Helping each other. In 1997, when southern Ohio experienced flooding […]

New system will improve water filtration

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

KEASBEY, N.J. — Global Ecology Corporation has filed an application to patent its Mobile PureWater System. This transportable system filters and purifies up to 90,000 liters of water per day by pumping it from a contaminated water source and treating it within the system itself. The unit is powered by solar, wind, diesel generator or […]

USDA increases limits for direct loans

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has put into place a new farm bill provision, increasing the limits on loans to $300,000 — up from $200,000 — for direct farm ownership and operating loans. Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan limits remained unchanged since 1984. “Our Farm Service Agency has already started making loans with today’s […]

Ohioan accepts the West Point challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

(Editor’s note: Skipping class is not an option for Weston Boose, a college freshman. Neither is not making his bed before he leaves the dorm. That’s because Boose, a 4-H’er from rural Norwalk, Ohio, and son of Terry and Mary Lisa Boose, is starting college life at the U.S. Military Academy. This is the first […]

Milkweed strikes back against caterpillars

Monday, July 28, 2008

ITHACA, N.Y. — The adage that your enemies know your weaknesses best is especially true in the case of plants and predators that have co-evolved: As the predators evolve new strategies for attack, plants counter with their own unique defenses. Milkweed is the latest example of this response, according to Cornell research suggesting that plant […]

Oil prices, weak dollar driving up food and commodity prices

Monday, July 28, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Commodity prices — and resulting food prices — are rising sharply, driven by a combination of factors that include high oil prices spurring biofuels growth, a weak dollar and world production and consumption trends, according to an analysis by Purdue University agricultural economists.

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