Archive for September, 2013

Soy flour not just for cooking anymore

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

WASHINGTON — In 1941, Henry Ford unveiled a plastic-bodied car whose panels included soybean meal as component. The feat made headlines — and history — but the idea never took off commercially. Continued research However, researchers continue to toy with the idea, including Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Lei Jong and Jeffrey Byars, who are […]

2009 resolution: Live, laugh and love

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I have always loved the holidays, enjoying the merriment of the magical, treasuring the family togetherness as we drift through the tail end of a year and prepare to welcome the new. Not this year But this year, for some reason, I have decided to say “Bah Humbug” to new year’s resolutions. It feels too […]

Spread the Cheer

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Witmer’s Inc. of Columbiana, Ohio, recently held a Christmas food drive for The Way Station. The company’s goal was to fill a Pequea manure spreader with nonperishable food and, in the end, more than 360 items were collected. Those who donated food were placed in a drawing for prizes, including a Massey Ferguson pedal tractor. […]

Hunters turn up CWD in W.Va. deer herd

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Preliminary test results indicate the chronic wasting disease (CWD) agent was present in five hunter-harvested deer collected in Hampshire County, W.Va., during the 2008 deer firearms hunting season. “As part of our agency’s ongoing and intensive CWD monitoring effort, samples were collected from 1,355 hunter-harvested deer brought to game checking stations in […]

Who will lead your farm after you?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

How much time do you spend developing your farm’s next generation of leadership?

Is ‘sucker’ written on our foreheads?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It’s the end of the year, but columnist Alan Guebert still has unanswered questions.

Farm and Dairy’s 2008 top stories in review

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Weather woes Weather is always a hot topic in the farmhouse. In March, an ice storm hit northeastern Ohio and western Pa., followed by 23 inches of snow in some places. Snow emergencies were declared in 60 Ohio counties and homes and farms were without electricity for days. And in September, remnants of Hurricane Ike […]

The myths and realities of believing

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

You never think it will happen to you. I paused. I gulped. I looked around, and then down, into the earnest, twinkle-eyed face of my darling 9-year-old daughter as she uttered those words that strike fear into a parental heart: “Mommy, is Santa Claus real?” This is like “that talk” you know you are going […]

The year 2008 was really a bummer

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Let’s just come right out and say it: 2008 was a bummer. Actually, that is one of the kindest things one might say about the not-so-dear departed year. The welcome to 2009 is bound to be more subdued than usual. The state of the world, the state of the economy, the state of just about […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Jan. 1, 2009

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ANDOVER, Ohio — The members of the Pymatuning Valley FFA recently painted the West Andover Cemetery fence. They spent two days getting it ready and then applying a coat of paint. Members began a “Toys for Kids” campaign within the Pymatuning Valley Local School district. Boxes for the toys were placed by the FFA members […]

These Web sites are just right for nature lovers

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Each holiday season I recommend books and other gifts that might interest readers. Today I give a gift to you — a series of Web sites chock full of valuable information that nature lovers will appreciate. And they’re free. If you don’t have Internet access at home, visit your local public library. http://digital.library.pitt.edu/a/audubon The University […]

Extension to offer small farm college

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NEWARK, Ohio — The Muskingum, Perry and Licking county offices of Ohio State University Extension will offer “East Central Small Farm College,” a nine-week course which will provide an opportunity to explore enterprise possibilities on small acreage. Topics The course will also look at budgeting, informational and technical resources, developing a business plan after assessing […]

Gardeners unite: Set goals you don’t intend to keep, gain comfort with reality

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

TOPEKA, Kan. — One Kansas gardening guru is adopting a new approach to 2009 New Year’s resolutions. She’s suggesting fellow gardeners follow suit and perhaps gain new comfort with reality. “Rather than set goals you lose sight of within weeks, make resolutions you have no intention of keeping — ones you simply can’t visualize yourself […]

International trade show to promote Ohio

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Israel Agricultural Initiative of the Negev Foundation is sponsoring an Ohio booth at Agritech 09 International Agricultural Exhibition in Israel May 5-7 for Ohio agribusinesses and organizations. The booth will showcase Ohio agribusinesses and organizations to exhibition visitors at a cost of $200 per company. Opportunity Representatives of Ohio companies and […]

Blending wall hinders ethanol growth

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ethanol production opened the door to the renewable fuels industry. The industry now must get past an imposing wall of federal regulations and market conditions if it hopes to grow, said a Purdue University agricultural economist. “The ethanol industry is now faced with what is called a ‘blending wall,’” said Wally […]

The bootie

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Marie Walker Leetonia, Ohio Honorable mention Tears flowed from my eyes while I hung the little red and white stuffed elf. It was Carol’s favorite Christmas ornament. My 18-year-old daughter had joined the military service. It would be the first Christmas without her. Carol’s letters arrived from the boot camp and I understood that […]

Merry mischief

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Sharon Sweda Huron, Ohio Honorable Mention “Doggone it!” Janet hears Henry’s familiar bellow. She knows, without looking or hearing the stomp of his boots, that in an instant, he and his flannel jacket will race out the door of their 1940’s bungalow. She also knows where he is going. It is five days before […]

Of Christmas chores and country kindness

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Jennifer Bryan Paris, Ohio Honorable Mention The frosty morning air stung my nose as I stepped out the door of our farmhouse. My parents’ boot prints in the fresh snow marked their earlier trek to the barn. I could hear the drone of the milk pump and the calves bawling for their breakfast. Cows […]

Through the eyes of a child

Monday, December 29, 2008

By M. Merlin Acker Wooster, Ohio Honorable Mention Farmer Jim awoke early one bright spring morning, traveling to the steep eastern slope on his farm overlooking a small village. One by one he placed small pine trees in the soil. As the saplings embraced the sunlight and inhaled a few breaths of the crisp air, […]

A question of faith

Monday, December 29, 2008

By Chet Cornman Freeport, Pa. Third place The floorboard creaked and Amy froze. Someone was out there all right. Carefully, oh so carefully, she extended her neck and peeked around the corner. A man, a large man, was sitting with his back to her, rooting under the tree. She held her breath, but was sure […]

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