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Grocer to increase amount of locally grown produce

Friday, July 30, 2010

Grocer increases amount of locally grown produce GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Midwest grocer Meijer, which began by selling locally produced foods from area farmers, is substantially expanding its commitment to home grown fruits and vegetables by 20 percent this year, said Mark Stevenson, produce director at the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain. Meijer’s Home Grown […]

Penn State Law to launch new Rural Economics Clinic

Friday, July 30, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With one of the nation’s largest rural populations, Pennsylvania’s economy is dependent upon its rural communities. This fall, Penn State Law will launch its new Rural Economic Development Clinic to support this important sector of our economy, giving law students hands-on learning experience in a wide variety of legal issues specifically […]

Approving trade agreements would help double exports

Friday, July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Federation, Coalition of Service Industries and the National Association of Manufacturers are putting forth a comprehensive approach to double U.S. exports in five years — a goal of President Barack Obama. Under this approach, the three organizations outlined policy changes needed to improve market access and level the playing […]

Map details the height of the forests

Friday, July 30, 2010

GREENBELT, Md. — Using satellite data, scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map that details the height of the world’s forests. Although there are other local- and regional-scale forest canopy maps, the new map is the first that spans the entire globe based on one uniform method. The map, based on data collected by NASA’s […]

Issues brewing between the NCBA and CBB over how beef checkoff funds are spent

Friday, July 30, 2010

A controversy erupts over expenses billed to the Beef Checkoff program.

Military working dogs suffer from post traumatic stress disorder

Friday, July 30, 2010

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — When 4-year-old Gina, a 21st Security Forces Squadron military working dog, returned from her five-month tour in Southwest Asia, she wasn’t the same. She was anti-social, bothered by people’s presence and jumpy. She also showed no interest in her work of detecting drugs and bombs. Before she deployed, Gina […]

Drought tolerance in new Agrisure Artesian hybrid

Friday, July 30, 2010

MINNETONKA, Minn. — Syngenta Seeds has unveiled its Agrisure Artesian technology, the new brand name for its range of water hybrids. Agrisure Artesian technology enables corn plants to use available moisture more efficiently, resulting in higher yields on drought-stressed acres including dryland and limited-irrigation farms in the western Corn Belt.

Reader: Have a little sympathy for farmers

Friday, July 30, 2010

Editor: Having concern for the welfare of animals is an admirable virtue, and I don’t doubt that many, if not most, people harboring such concerns are motivated by the highest ideals and have the best of intentions. There are abusive farmers just as there are abusive policemen, abusive school teachers and abusive parents. But let […]

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

Friday, July 30, 2010

Editor: A wolf in sheep’s clothing. If you read it and other stories in a recent Farm Bureau publication, you would understand the outrage felt by myself and other members. To make any agreement with The Humane Society of the United States, lends validity to the claims of The Humane Society of the United States […]

Farmers not interested in rebuilding beef cattle herds

Friday, July 30, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The nation’s beef herd continues to decline. Due to several years of financial difficulty, producers have little interest in rebuilding their herds. As a result other animals are gaining a larger market share and the cost of beef will remain high, according to a Purdue University economist.

Wheat growers urged to use best choices to avoid another bad harvest

Thursday, July 29, 2010

DELAWARE, Ohio — The 2010 wheat harvest in Ohio has been one of the worst on record in Ohio since 1996 with many elevators reporting high toxin levels of grain. Fusarium Head Blight (FHB, also called scab) is a serious disease of wheat that affects the entire wheat industry in Ohio, from growers to millers […]

New rules to curb Wall Street’s influence over food and farming

Thursday, July 29, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — The Wall Street reform bill signed recently by President Obama will severely restrict excessive speculation on agriculture commodity futures markets that has harmed U.S. farmers and countries battling hunger, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. “This landmark bill is a first step toward preventing the excessive speculation by big Wall […]

Hot, humid weather causing unhealthy algal blooms in Ohio ponds, lakes

Thursday, July 29, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Harmful algal blooms, like those affecting Grand Lake St. Marys, are popping up in ponds and small lakes throughout Ohio, and Ohio State University Extension educators are encouraging landowners to protect their family, pets and livestock. “We are seeing the same harmful algal blooms in landowner ponds and lakes as we are […]

From pleased to furious, farmers mixed over HSUS/Ohio Ag deal

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Producers and ag groups voice opinions on recent agreement.

Surgery or stenting? Where you live may influence your options

Thursday, July 29, 2010

DALLAS — A review of scientific studies that compares two treatments for preventing strokes due carotid artery disease provides no clear answer on which treatment is better, a UT Southwestern Medical Center physician reports in an issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. “The most recent data on treatment options for carotid artery disease continue […]

Yearbook awakens memories of small town life

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sometimes, the smallest contribution pays big dividends. This past Saturday my hometown held its annual homecoming festivities. Though it was hotter than blue blazes, I just had to venture down the hill to the park to be a part of the day. After chatting with friends and family, I went to see what was being […]

FSA will be conducting compliance spot-checks

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello again! The “dog days” of summer have arrived. The weather has definitely been on the extremely hot side , but I guess we can take solace in the fact that at least there isn’t 2 foot of snow on the ground and below freezing. That will come soon enough. We have been fortunate to […]

Don’t forget calves when heat soars

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Last weekend’s heat was the most challenging for bovines of all ages (and their people) so far this year. Milking cows are usually the primary focus of heat stress abatement strategies, as they are the animals generating the most heat on the farm due to their size and their stages of lactation. While they are […]

It’s time to roll out the rain barrel and conserve water

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rain barrels make every drop count. That’s the slogan that begins every one of my rain barrel presentations. Well, OK, I have to confess here that I have done only one actual presentation, but when someone comes into the office looking for rain barrels, I do kind of a mini-presentation for him. The only difference […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of July 29, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

BURTON, Ohio — Breeders and Feeders 4-H Club held a meeting July 16 and practiced Skill-a-thon at the Patterson Center. Upcoming events discussed were July 28 canoeing at Camp Hi at noon; a car wash Aug. 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.. at the Tractor Supply Store in Chardon; and hoof trimming at the fairgrounds Aug. […]

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