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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 […]

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