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Veterinarians at high risk for viral, bacterial infections from animals

Sunday, May 31, 2009

AMES, Iowa — The recent H1N1 influenza epidemic has raised many questions about how animal viruses move to human populations. Potential route One potential route is through veterinarians, who, according to a new report by University of Iowa College of Public Health researchers, are at markedly increased risk of infection with zoonotic pathogens — the […]

Giant hogweed found in Butler County

Saturday, May 30, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is warning residents of Forward Township in Evans City, Butler County, that giant hogweed, a noxious and invasive weed that can cause blistering and scarring on the skin of susceptible people, has been confirmed in their area.

Kirk to U.S. Meat Export Federation: Trading partners must play by rules, too

Friday, May 29, 2009

WASHINGTON — In his first address to an agricultural trade association as a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told members of the U.S. Meat Export Federation that he is committed to making U.S. exports a cornerstone of the nation’s economic recovery. In order to do so, however, he emphasized trading […]

Hog producers can’t get a break

Friday, May 29, 2009

URBANA, Ill. — The H1N1 flu and rising feed prices have once again put the pork industry into deep losses, continuing the trend of “red ink” dating back to the fall of 2007. “While recovery in hog prices is expected as the world tries to return to more normal consumption, the financial stress may be […]

Free web series to address issues of uncertain times in agriculture

Friday, May 29, 2009

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Western Extension Committee of the Washington State University Extension Western Center for Risk Management Education will hold an interactive online webinar series on a variety of issues to help agricultural producers and other professionals better understand and deal with today’s changing economy. Multiple online sessions Titled “Ag in Uncertain Times,” […]

Ohio colleges receive research funding

Friday, May 29, 2009

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has recommended nearly $24 million in funding through the Wright Projects Program in support of near-term commercialization projects requiring major capital acquisitions and improvements at Ohio colleges and universities and nonprofit research institutions. The awards are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval. About the program The Ohio Third […]

Ohio wineries win awards in international competition

Friday, May 29, 2009

MADISON, Ohio — The wineries in Ohio’s Grand River Valley Wine Region are garnering top honors in many national and international wine competitions. The most recent announcement came from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition with both Debonne Vineyards and Ferrante Winery being awarded a Double Gold for their Riesling varietal wines. One of the […]

Produce growers debate agreement

Friday, May 29, 2009

COLUMBUS — Leafy green vegetable growers are preparing for the possibility of a national agreement that would set standards for the production and handling of the vegetables.

Aquaculture Field Day set for June 13

Thursday, May 28, 2009

PIKETON, Ohio — Ohio State University’s South Centers at Piketon, located off state Route 32 in Pike County, may not look like the ideal place for lake sturgeon, largemouth bass and blue gill. But it’s full of surprises. The facility boasts the only fish genetics lab in the Midwest and is the cornerstone of research […]

DuPont alleges anti-competitive conduct by Monsanto

Thursday, May 28, 2009

WILMINGTON, Del. — Monsanto is trying to deny farmers access to alternative technologies at a time when farmers are struggling with weeds that are increasingly resistant to current Monsanto products, according to James C. Borel, DuPont group vice president. Come to expect “The litigation filed by Monsanto is more of what we have come to […]

A Patty by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

Thursday, May 28, 2009

USA Weekend food columnist Pam Anderson says, “Take a hamburger, drop the ham and what do you have?” When she judged a Build a Better Burger contest several years ago, but the top prize went to the best beef burger, there was a $10,000 prize for the “best alternative burger.” The event chairman, cookbook author […]

Auction Roundup — Real estate brings good prices at Kiko auctions

Thursday, May 28, 2009

- Auctioneer Randy Compton of Kiko Auctioneers and Realtors, Canton, Ohio, called an auction by the order of Larry and Judy Hepler April 30 in North Benton, Ohio, with 80 registered bidders. The three-bedroom, two-bath, split-level home sold for $145,000. The top selling item was a 25-year-old Simplicity tractor for $1,300. Other top sellers included […]

A dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Farm and Dairy reporter Kristy Foster snapped this photo one day out on assignment. Like any good farm dog, this one knows how to work the cattle waterer.

Conservation program opportunities available for grazing operations

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The 2008 farm bill provides many opportunities for grazing operations interested in improving their grassland and natural resources. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) has both the traditional program options as well as new initiatives mandated in the 2008 farm bill. EQIP One opportunity for farmers interested in assistance with developing or improving their grazing […]

And the walls come tumbling down

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I think what keeps you young is learning a little something new about yourself as you age. I, for example, have discovered my inner four-year-old (boy). I am a construction junkie. Behemoth of a building I came by this knowledge quite by accident. For many years now I have begun many workdays staring at the […]

Redefining yourself takes tenacity, dignity

Thursday, May 28, 2009

“There are moments in every life that define us anew. Find a way to make that moment happen for you.” — Anonymous Have you ever found yourself wishing to live a new life? A friend of mine sent me a quote that reads, “What could you accomplish if you knew you could not fail?” What […]

Health care reform a winner for rural America

Thursday, May 28, 2009

If you want to see just how badly broken America’s health care system is come to the country. Be careful during your visit, however, because rural America — where just nine percent of the nation’s doctors serve 17 percent of its citizens scattered across 80 percent of its geography — is not an ideal place […]

Examine your labor efficiency

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hello northeast Ohio dairy farmers. With the financial crunch being experienced in the dairy industry, many farms are analyzing every aspect of their business to see where money can be saved. Labor efficiency One area farm managers are examining is their labor efficiency. A variety of research surveys have stated the number one issue facing […]

Is it Decoration Day or Memorial Day?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A dear young friend — she is 45 and to me that is young! — and I were discussing the upcoming holiday weekend and I asked if she had any plans for Decoration Day. “For what?” she asked. “What’s that?” and I corrected my question to Memorial Day. Which got me thinking about the last […]

Ruffed grouse, masters of disguise

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Finding an ovenbird nest is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Unless you follow this drably colored warbler to its domed, oven-like nest on the ground, you’ve got to be lucky. As I pressed my luck a few days ago, I followed an ovenbird with binoculars as it moved along the forest floor. […]


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