Archive for April, 2013

USDA proposes downer cow rule

Sunday, August 31, 2008

WASHINGTON — The USDA revealed Aug. 27 a proposed rule to amend the federal meat inspection regulations to initiate a complete ban on the slaughter of cattle that become non-ambulatory after initial inspection by Food Safety and Inspection Service inspection personnel. This proposed rule follows the May 20 announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer […]

New biopesticide for organic food boom

Sunday, August 31, 2008

PHILADELPHIA — With the boom in consumption of organic foods creating a pressing need for natural insecticides and herbicides that can be used on crops certified as “organic,” biopesticide pioneer Pam Marrone, is reporting development of a new “green” pesticide obtained from an extract of the giant knotweed. That 12-foot-high Goliath, named for the jointed […]

Check out the latest Stark County Fair photos

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Stark County Fair Grand and Reserve Champion livestock projects Aug. 27 and Aug. 30 sales. Click on a photo to stop the slideshow and see exhibitor information. Sights from the 2008 Stark County Fair Sights from the 2008 Stark County Fair truck and tractor pull Aug. 30.

Straw residue too valuable to use for biofuels production

Saturday, August 30, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash.– Wheat growers should think twice before harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol production, said Ann Kennedy, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service soil scientist. “In the more than 100 years that we have been cultivating soils, we have lost about half of the original organic matter,” she said. “Organic matter provides nutrients crops need; it […]

Construction permits issued for nation’s first cellulosic ethanol plant

Saturday, August 30, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. — BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc., a leader in cellulosic ethanol production technology, was granted a conditional-use permit from the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning, to permit the construction of the nation’s first commercial facility to convert biowaste into ethanol. The Los Angeles County Planning Commission approved the use permit for […]

Monroe County Junior Fair livestock auction results

Friday, August 29, 2008

Find out who won the junior fair market livestock competitions at this year’s Monroe County Fair.

4-H’ers are winners at Cuyahoga County Fair

Friday, August 29, 2008

They raise 4-H livestock in urban Cuyahoga County? Yep. Here are the names and hotos of winners from the 2008 Cuyahoga County Fair market livestock competitions.

Westmoreland County Fair market livestock auction results

Friday, August 29, 2008

Find out who won the junior fair market livestock competitions at this year’s Westmoreland County Fair.

Farm machinery exports gain 30.5 percent

Friday, August 29, 2008

MILWAUKEE — Exports of U.S. agricultural-related equipment to nations around the world topped $5.8 billion dollars for the first half of 2008 compared to midyear 2007 numbers, for an increase of 30.5 percent, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

John Deere expanding U.S. tractor works; also investing in Brazilian operations

Friday, August 29, 2008

John Deere is expanding its tractor works in Iowa and is also expanding manufacturing capacity in Brazil.

Over 81,000 acres in West Virginia defoliated by gypsy moth caterpillars

Friday, August 29, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 81,000 acres of state, federal and private forestland in West Virginia were defoliated by gypsy moths in 2008, up from nearly 78,000 acres in 2007, according to studies conducted by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. “This is a troubling trend in West Virginia, particularly when you consider the severe […]

A pet owner’s nightmare

Thursday, August 28, 2008

They were such an unlikely pair, but pair they were. Playing together. Sleeping together. Eating together. They were Hamilton, 70 lovable pounds of boxer mix, and Winston, maybe 8 pounds of Jack Russell terrier, a bundle of lovable, feisty, endless energy. Winston was boss. No one ate until Winston finished his meal, not even Jesse, […]

Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thirty-seven runners participated in a 5K Aug. 17 to raise money for the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership. The race was held during the Mineral City Party in the Park. The overall female winner was Courtney Oliver, 14, at 22:04, while the overall male winner was Sean Jones, 16, at 17:06 Age class winners: 14 […]

What I did NOT do on my summer vacation

Thursday, August 28, 2008

So I had a list. It was a very nice list. An impressive list even. On this list were all the amazing, enriching things I was going to do with the children on “our” summer vacation. Many of them were things we had done with much success and fanfare years before. So confident was I […]

Hate snakes? Bet I can outrun you!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I recall lots of great stories around the campfire over the years. Those who loved to hunt always enjoyed telling their biggest, baddest hunting stories. Those who liked to fish always chimed in with great fish stories, and somehow, the subject always seemed to turn to stories of snakes.

Huge, scary, waiting-to-pounce snakes.

A Sewing Fool: The Case of the Complicated Cassocks

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Once a sewing mom, always a sewing mom. If you haven’t heard that phrase already, I’ll take credit for it.

Farm organization is worth the money

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Editor: I have been farming in southwest Ashtabula County for more than 50 years. About 14 years ago, a fellow farmer and friend, Bob Cotterman, stopped by and told me about a farm organization that focused primarily on family farmers and consumers. This organization gives a nonpartisan, grassroots voice to our local, state, and national […]

Grain commodity markets bounce, but party’s over

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Here are grain merchandiser Marlin Clark’s conclusions from the current market. First, hindsight is 20/20. Second, timing is more important than actual prices; and, third, the party is over for this year.

Hazard A Guess: Week of Aug. 28, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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

A roundup of 4-H news for Aug. 28, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio — The Buckhorn Tribe 4-H club met Aug. 10 with 20 members present. The event was held in the pavilion at Tall Timbers and members enjoyed swimming, fishing and a picnic before the meeting. During the meeting, Mackenzie Hursey gave a demonstration on good manners. Mathew Hursey gave a demonstration on chess and […]

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