Archive for September, 2014

Equipment dealers hope to mix colors

Monday, August 31, 2009

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — Led by Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Hanna, equipment dealers across Pennsylvania are hoping to pass House Bill 1498, which will give them more freedom to run their businesses. The bill updates Act 86, also known as the Pennsylvania Fair Dealership Law, that was passed in 1987. (See bottom of page for […]

Vilsack pushes energy bill during Rural Tour stop in Zanesville, Ohio

Monday, August 31, 2009

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the southeastern portion of the Buckeye State Aug. 31 as part of the Obama administration’s Rural Tour.

I pledge my hands to larger service: 4-H is more than cows and pigs

Monday, August 31, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — More than 6 million youth involved in 4-H throughout the nation start each club meeting with the following mantra: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.” […]

There’s life after milking

Monday, August 31, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — So you have decided to exit the dairy industry. You have developed a plan, consulted with the proper people and are in the process of selling your farm. Now what? Brad Hilty, business and information management specialist with Dairy Alliance, has the following advice for dairy farmers who find themselves searching […]

Jumping ship on dairy biz? Think it out

Monday, August 31, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Dairy Alliance team is working to develop educational materials for producers interested in exiting the dairy business. Although information is available now via the Dairy Alliance Web site, two team members are hopeful a program about this topic will be available through extension educators this fall. John Becker, professor […]

Composting turns remains to resources

Monday, August 31, 2009

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — The death of a farm animal due to old age, premature birth or any other factor is unfortunate, but part of the circle of life. Keyword here is circle. Just because Bessie kicked the bucket doesn’t mean she’s done contributing to the farm.

Energy program mobilized in Ohio

Monday, August 31, 2009

COLUMBUS — Lisa Patt-McDaniel, interim director of the Ohio Department of Development, and Mark Shanahan, energy advisor to Gov. Ted Strickland, said the Ohio Department of Development’s Ohio Energy Office is accepting applications for $14 million in funding available through the Deploying Renewable Energy: Wind and Solar grant program. This announcement marks the first set […]

Conservation group to hold conference

Monday, August 31, 2009

DAVIS, Calif. — Grazing lands make up between two-thirds and three-fourths of the national land base. The wise management of these lands has environmental and economic implications that exceed common perception or understanding, according Bob Drake, chairman of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative. Conference The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative will host its fourth national conference […]

Select Sires returns money to member-owners of the cooperative

Monday, August 31, 2009

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Customers of Select Sire Power Inc. received checks totaling $1,745,314, a 13.2 percent patronage dividend for business done in 2008. Checks Checks ranging from $20 to $20,000+ were mailed to customers in the Select Sire Power sales area that extends from Maine to Florida. Select Sire Power, Inc. has a history […]

U.S. farm equipment exports decline 20 percent in first half of 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Exports of U.S. agricultural equipment dropped 20 percent during the first half of 2009 compared to mid-year 2008, totaling $4.7 billion down from $5.8 billion a year earlier, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers off-road equipment manufacturing trade group produces global trends reports for members consolidating […]

What was your best buy at an auction?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Are you just dying to share a great deal you got at an auction? Do you have a great story to go with that deal? Then answer this question….What was the best buy you ever got at an auction? Farm and Dairy would like to give you a chance to brag and tell our readers […]

Raw milk blamed for infection in Wisconsin

Monday, August 31, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — Thirteen confirmed cases of illness in southeastern Wisconsin have been linked to consumption of unpasteurized milk, public health officials said, and they cautioned residents to discard any unpasteurized milk they have in their homes. Tested positive The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection […]

Portage County’s Randolph Fair wraps up fair week

Monday, August 31, 2009

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 Portage County Fair.

Holmes County Fair Junior Dairy Show

Sunday, August 30, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — William Hughes exhibited the grand champion Holstein and was named as the supreme grand champion dairy exhibitor during the Holmes County Fair Junior Dairy Show. Hughes also won the junior showmanship contest. The supreme junior champion was exhibited by Martin Overholt. Overholt exhibited the junior champion Brown Swiss and also won senior […]

Quarantine lifted at Allegheny County stable

Friday, August 28, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A quarantine at Rolling Hills Ranch stable in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, has been lifted after samples collected from all 116 horses there tested negative for the neurologic form of Equine Herpesvirus, or EHV-1, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said. No threat to humans There is no threat to human health from EHV-1. The […]

Summit to focus on feeding the world in 2050

Friday, August 28, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The number of people on the wrong side of the poverty line took a turn for the worse during the global food price increase that peaked during the spring of 2008. “By our estimation, more than 100 million people fell back below the poverty line because of that increase,” said John […]

Dennis Wolff resigns as Pa. ag secretary; Redding likely successor

Friday, August 28, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pa. Gov. Edward G. Rendell is nominating Russell Redding of Adams County as the new Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture secretary, following the resignation of Dennis Wolff, which is effective Sept. 12.

Fire destroys building, but not spirit of Lawrence Co. dairy farm family

Friday, August 28, 2009

In less than three hours, a fire destroyed the machinery shed at Kinds’ dairy farm Aug. 25. Find out how the Lawrence County, Pa., men did their best to rescue some equipment and how they’re moving forward with a positive outlook.

Maurer named state executive director for the FSA at the USDA

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Obama Administration named Steven Maurer to serve as state executive director for the Farm Service Agency at the USDA. Maurer is currently the chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a position he has held since 2007. The Division of Natural Areas and Preserves protects […]

Ag. Secretary Vilsack establishes dairy advisory committee, seeks nominations

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that as part of USDA’s continuing efforts to listen to and respond to the needs of producers in the dairy industry, he is moving forward on establishing the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and is requesting nominations. Committed “The Obama Administration is committed to working with all sectors of […]


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