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Small gains stabilize grain markets

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grain markets have stabilized on the Chicago Board of Trade in recent days. That is a nice way of saying that we have seen small gains after large losses, without a real sense of direction being established. Market moves December corn futures have retraced nearly a third of the large loss. We fell from the […]

Wind turbines whip up excitement

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

WALSH, Colorado — The Wind for Schools project of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is churning, having installed 42 Southwest Windpower SkyStream 3.7 turbines so far, with a goal of five new turbines each year for the 11 states already part of the program. Critical mass Eventually, 35 states are expected […]

Wild and dangerous in Ohio

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Editor: What lies ahead for Ohio’s animal owners? What future do we have in this great state? What do the next four years hold for Ohio’s beef, dairy, pork and poultry producers? These questions we cannot answer yet. Ohio’s animal industry lies in the hands of our newly elected governor, John Kasich. We know that […]

Expert: Hog prices on the rise now

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Hog producers have been feeling the bite of losses once again this fall, but there is reason for some optimism, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension economist. “First, hog prices are probably at their seasonal lows in late November as consumers are buying their Thanksgiving turkey rather than pork. Second, […]

Video conference to address landowner financial and tax issues on Marcellus Shale gas leasing

Monday, November 29, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Signing a Marcellus Shale natural gas lease is a life-changing event for landowners lucky enough to be on top of the major find. But huge questions arise and need to be answered before and after any landowner signs a lease. That’s why American Agriculturist, Ag Choice Farm Credit, Penn State Cooperative […]

What a year for animal owners in Ohio

Monday, November 29, 2010

Editor: This year started out with Humane Society of the United States hiring signature gathers who lied to the people about what they were signing. Then Gov. Strickland and Ohio Farm Bureau handed Ohio’s animal owners over to HSUS in a backroom deal. Now we have a new governor, and we need new leadership at […]

Does tannin level in forages, soil affect nutrition, water quality?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Talking tannins: Does thinning a woodland, and specifically, one used to also feed livestock, affect the types and amounts of tannins in soil and, in turn, the effects on soil organic matter and the entire ecosystem?

Protect this year’s Christmas tree crop

Friday, November 26, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hair clippings, cayenne pepper and raw eggs — these are just a few of the odd ingredients recommended to keep those pesky deer away from your backyard garden. But what about farmers who have hundreds of acres of Christmas trees to protect? An alternative North Carolina State University extension specialists have now […]

Beef cattle numbers causing concern

Friday, November 26, 2010

Livestock marketing specialist predicts significant reduction in cattle slaughter in 2011. STILLWATER, Okla. — Declining beef inventories are causing some in the U.S. cattle industry to wonder how beef production can be maintained. The numbers tell the tale — America’s cattle industry has effectively been turning fewer cattle into more pounds of beef. Lowest since […]

Holmes SWCD honors best in conservation, youth essay winners

Thursday, November 25, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Ohio — The Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrated its best in conservation at the annual banquet, held Nov. 18 at the Carlisle Village Inn in Walnut Creek. The Friend of Conservation Award went to Congressman-elect Bob Gibbs, who currently is serving as state senator in the 22 district. Gibbs is […]

Ohio corn producers should prepare; Western bean cutworm moth damage is cutting a niche

Thursday, November 25, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — A staggering number of Western bean cutworm moths were trapped in Ohio corn fields this year compared to previous years, however, economic damage has yet to be recorded. Corn pests “The large increase of adult moths caught and the presence of the pest on infested corn suggests that producers will have to […]

Conservation promoters honored at Wayne Co. SWCD annual meeting

Thursday, November 25, 2010

WOOSTER, OHIO — The Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District named Fred Galehouse as the recipient of its Friend of Conservation Award during the 2010 annual meeting Following his graduation from The Ohio State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Galehouse started his drainage contracting business in 1948. He attended his first drainage contractors […]

FSA Andy: Farm Service Agency

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hello friends, It’s an important time of year for the Farm Service Agency. Ballots for this year’s county committee election were mailed to eligible voters Nov. 5. Voters must complete their ballots and return them to the Farm Service Agency county office by the close of business on Dec. 6. If mailed, ballots must be […]

Soil, what an amazing resource!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

OK I admit it … I love soil. I know that kind of makes me a freak (at least that what my wife tells me), but I’m not alone. If you talk with just about any Soil and Water employee or board member, you’ll find an infectious love of soil and a passion to conserve […]

The gifter who keeps on giving bad gifts

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mr. Wonderful has taken to hitting me to get his point across. OK, technically it’s more of a playful tap on the shoulder to alert me, the listener, that he has just said something important. He has adapted this as a method to ensure that I am actually paying attention when he is about to […]

Be thankful for the tiny things

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sometimes, the only dose of medicine that makes any sense at all is time spent in the innocence of a child’s playroom kitchen. Last night, our little hometown rolled up the sidewalks early and pretty much the entire community headed to Findlay to watch our boys continue their march toward a state football championship. After […]

Always cows; usually a turkey

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On the 100-cow, southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth, two hearty helpings of Holsteins were always on the Thanksgiving Day menu. In between came other entrees — church, usually a turkey, pie, a nap and, often, a pinochle game. The turkey was the “usual” dinner centerpiece, but not always, because I remember one or […]

I still have a lot to be thankful for in life

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On this week and day of Thanksgiving, we all have so much to be thankful for. As our family sits down to a bountiful dinner, I am given to thoughts about the last several months. Our family has been blessed in so many ways, with each blessing overshadowing the setbacks, injuries, and problems. Shoulder surgery […]

These nature books make great holiday gifts

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I’ve got a bookshelf of titles to recommend as holiday gifts this year, so each gets just a thumbnail description. Suffice to say, if it’s on this list, I recommend it: • Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species (Stackpole Books, 2010, $34.95) by S. David Scott and Casey McFarland is the first truly […]

GIPSA, Justice Dept. still investigating Eastern Livestock

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Kentucky cattle producer speaks out against Eastern Livestock.

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