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Birding help: Walks, mentors, Cornell Web site, “Birding by Ear” discs may help beginners

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Every year, just as spring migration begins, I get letters from readers who have decided to learn to identify birds by ear. “Where do I begin?” they ask. Start with what you know. Though you may not know the names of the most common singers, you undoubtedly have heard at least ten species many times. […]

FSA’s guaranteed loan program assists farmers, agricultural lenders

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hello again, friends; The Farm Service Agency has a guaranteed loan program available to assist farmers and agricultural lenders. The guaranteed loans are made by a commercial lender such as a bank, savings and loan, or Farm Credit. The Farm Service Agency provides the guarantee to the lender, not the borrower. The lender makes and […]

R & P Republic tractors highlight early ag manufacturing

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

As everybody knows, there were many, many manufacturers who tried their hand at building tractors back when the world was young. Most of these didn’t last long; their early demise was caused by competition, poor design, lack of reliability, high cost, lack of working capital or bad economic times. Republic Many of the early automobile […]

So what is a conservation district, and what can it do for me?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What is a soil and water conservation district? For the life of me, I can’t come up with a simple answer.

Strickland signs Livestock Care Standards Board legislation

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed the legislation making the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board a reality March 31. State Representative Allan Sayre sponsored the bill, which creates the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and establishes the terms of office for the 13 members of the board. Bill is now law The bill, which […]

The secret life of garden soil

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Soil is alive. Much more than a prop to hold up your plants, healthy soil is a jungle of voracious creatures eating and pooping and reproducing their way toward soil fertility. A single teaspoon (1 gram) of rich garden soil can hold up to 1 billion bacteria, several yards of fungal filaments, […]

Time will tell: farmers say they plan on record soybean crop

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Corn and soybean acreage increases is being planned in many states across the United States.

Pennsylvania official defines harvest season year-round to help farmers

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pa. farmers may get break in transportation laws.

Ag/Dairy Days fill Pa. farmers with inspiration and ideas for the future

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Northwestern Pa. farmers look for ideas on how to financially recover from 2009.

Ohio creates Center of Excellence in agriculture, food and bioproducts

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut unveiled the creation of a new Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts March 30 at The Ohio State University’s Food Industry Center in Columbus.

Ohio Governor tours Wooster digester site, talks wind power in Cleveland

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Wearing plastic boot covers over his shoes — a white hard hat with his name printed on the side, and the name Quasar Energy Group printed on the front — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland walked the grounds of a construction site that promises clean energy, a better environment and more jobs for […]

Andrew L. Stevens

Monday, March 29, 2010

SUNBURY, Ohio — Ohio agricultural educator and journalist Andrew L. Stevens, 74, Ostrander, formerly of Williamsport, died March 24, 2010, in Sunbury. Mr. Stevens was born in Woodstock, Ohio, on Jan. 7, 1936, the first of seven children to Raymond H. and Ruth M. (Penn) Stevens. He attended Ostrander and Willis high schools and graduated […]

Seed vault stores global crop diversity insurance policy

Monday, March 29, 2010

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway — Days after celebrating its second anniversary, the Svalbard “Doomsday” Global Seed Vault received thousands of new seeds that will push its collection to more than half a million unique samples, making it the most diverse assemblage of crop diversity ever amassed anywhere in the world.

One event creates a Middlefield woman’s life path and career

Friday, March 26, 2010

A childhood passion of working with horses becomes reality.

DuPont Pioneer to build new research labs in Iowa

Friday, March 26, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa — DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred is expanding its presence in central Iowa with additional lab facilities focused on advanced plant genetics.

Some lawns showing signs of a harsh winter

Friday, March 26, 2010

FRANKLIN, Pa. — As the snow recedes, many lawns are showing the scars of a tough winter … gray and pink patches, and fuzzy mold-like growth. These are symptoms and signs of a lawn disease called snow mold says Jeffrey T. Fowler, turfgrass educator, Penn State Cooperative Extension in Venango County. Snow mold is a […]

Fenders: King of Ohio pond fishing for 54 years

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pond farming is the way for Fender’s Fish and Llama Farm near Baltic, Ohio. The family has been in the fish business since 1956.

Geauga County farmer looks no further than his woods to make syrup

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Chardon maple producer taps into the sap of 200 trees on his farm to produce maple syrup.

Give me that merit badge, give me that badge

Thursday, March 25, 2010

If I have learned anything from my years as a Scout Parent — first with Cub Scouts (cute) and then Boy Scouts (cute, but gangly and sometimes smell funny) — it is that all the wrong people are earning badges around here. If you are a scout parent you soon learn that the boys earn […]

Mo. dairyman Randy Mooney named DFA chairman

Thursday, March 25, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dairy Farmers of America’s board of directors has elected Missouri dairyman Randy Mooney to the position of chairman. Mooney succeeds Tom Camerlo, who died in December. Also at the election meeting, the board named Wayne Palla first vice chair. Mooney is chair of National Milk Producers Federation and serves on the […]

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