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Haitian government plan calls for $700 million investment for ag sector

Saturday, January 30, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is calling for international donors to support a $700 million investment plan in the agricultural sector to repair earthquake damaged infrastructure, boost national food production, and create employment for people fleeing Port-au-Prince. The plan was drawn up by the Haitian government. Cornerstone The […]

Butler County Pedalers are Pennsylvania Farm Show fiber junkies

Friday, January 29, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Like the fibers that float through the air from their just-spun wardrobe, shawl-draped Butler County Pedalers members anxiously floated from spinning wheel to weaver, talking about their love of wool. One wears a pure cashmere shawl, hand-made. Another sports a very soft, durable shawl made of silk and mohair — all hand-knit […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Jan. 28, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello from Hazard! We heard from only one more reader on Item No. 880, and Robert Dorner of Mansfield, Ohio, is thinking along the same lines as reader Joyce Talbert in last week’s issue: It’s a jar opener (or tightener). Scott Moody, from Albany, Ohio, who sent in the photo and collects kitchen gadgets, wondered […]

Farm program deadlines fast approaching!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello Again! Last minute news! The deadline for accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program is quickly approaching. And that’s putting it lightly. Grassland Reserve Program The deadline for submitting Grassland Reserve Program applications is Jan. 29 for applicants to submit offers for Grassland Reserve Program easement funding in 2010 and Feb. 12 for Grassland […]

Embracing my inner grouch

Thursday, January 28, 2010

You hear all the time about embracing your inner child, but what if what you have is less an inner 8-year-old and more an inner 80-year-old? So to speak I was kind of mature even as a kid, downright stodgy even. Take grammar for instance. There is an attempt by “kids these days” to embrace […]

PA Preferred: It’s relationships that count

Thursday, January 28, 2010

By ANDY ANDREWS Contributing Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. — This year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show is all about building “relationships.” Guests of the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s new PA Preferred Reception, hosted the night before the Farm Show’s official public opening, sampled entrees from a host of locally grown and processed food items. Most importantly, visitors learned what […]

Dairymen form PAC to be heard in D.C.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rocked by a year of historically low milk prices, dairy farmers are taking their case to Washington to seek changes in how the price of milk is set. Dairy farmers from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio have started a federal lobbying effort to call for changes in the milk pricing system and demand that the USDA enact provisions in the farm bill that will help farmers.

Workshop focuses on transferring farm to the next generation

Thursday, January 28, 2010

As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face. While many farmers dream of seeing their legacy passed onto the next generation, many postpone initiating a plan for the transition of their […]

I wish Grandma Ruth could run the world

Thursday, January 28, 2010

“Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” – William Butler Yeats One of the greatest life lessons taught to me came on an ordinary day, delivered in a quiet way, and has stayed with me forever. I have passed it along to many others who now stand in the same shoes which I stood […]

NCBA reaches for more checkoff cash

Thursday, January 28, 2010

When the cowboys of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association ride into San Antonio for the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show Jan. 27, the hottest topic of the four-day meeting won’t be stale markets, packer shenanigans or another ground beef recall. No, the biggest bone to chew will be NCBA’s plan to put […]

Learn to spot who’s who at bird feeders this winter

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Whether you need help identifying birds for Project FeederWatch, or you’re preparing for next month’s Great Backyard Bird Count, or you’d just like to recognize the birds at your feeders, here are some tips to help identify common winter birds. If you have a feeder in the backyard, you’re likely to see most of these […]

Learn to spot who’s who at bird feeders this winter

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Whether you need help identifying birds for Project FeederWatch, or you’re preparing for next month’s Great Backyard Bird Count, or you’d just like to recognize the birds at your feeders, here are some tips to help identify common winter birds. If you have a feeder in the backyard, you’re likely to see most of these […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Jan. 28, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ALBANY, Ohio — The Alexander FFA chapter held a chapter competition for the Job interview CDE. Members who competed for the Division 3 position were Whitney Mullins, Tess Marks and Kim Holcomb. The winner of the competition was Holcomb and she will be going to the district competition Feb. 18 at Federal Hocking High School. […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Jan. 28, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

MECHANICSTOWN, Ohio — The Freedom Riders 4-H club met Jan. 11 at Adviser Tiffany Roberts’ home, with 20 in attendance. The treasurer’s report was given, and it was reported that the Christmas wreath fundraiser brought in $600. The club planned a community service project for March. It also made plans for attending Equine Affaire and […]

Produce growers, farms not exempt from theft

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SANDUSKY, Ohio — As the economy struggles and job loss rises, even produce growers and retailers should prepare themselves for theft, and develop ways to prevent it. Before an audience of growers and mostly small-scale retailers, loss prevention directors from two well-known Cleveland supermarket chains spoke at the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association annual […]

Grain farmers urged to consider all options after fallout from corn crop

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

CORALVILLE, Iowa — The recent corn price dip of 50 cents to 60 cents per bushel is on the minds of grain growers at National Farmers’ annual farm business meeting held Jan. 18-21 in Coralville, Iowa. But National Farmers Grain Marketing Plus Grain Analyst Pete Lorenz said producers can capitalize on marketing strategies to minimize […]

Governor Strickland pushes for advanced energy to repair state’s problems

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Strickland wants to pursue the construction of a biorefinery, building on Ohio’s agricultural output and ideal location. It would converts farm output into food, fuel and biopolymers.

Justice department to Dean Foods: See you in court

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit Jan. 22 against Dean Foods Company, challenging its April 2009 acquisition of Foremost Farms USA’s Consumer Products Division.

Produce growers concerned over national plan, FDA vows regs will be ‘scale-appropriate.’

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A call for stricter standards on raw produce has spurred interest among growers across the Buckeye State, as they consider whether standards will help or hinder their farm operations. On Jan. 19, the second day of the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association annual congress, a representative of Food and Drug Administration […]

Two ugly weeks in the grain markets

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It is hard to get excited about selling me grain when corn has dropped 60 cents, beans are off $1.40 since Jan. 4, and wheat is down almost 90 cents.

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