Archive for November, 2012

Farmers must stand united

Monday, January 31, 2011

Editor: I’d like to address the continued criticism that Farm Bureau has taken over the HSUS compromise, as I see that many people are still upset by it. Farm Bureau leadership made the decision they thought they had to make at the time, whether you agree with it or not, it was made. How many […]

Feds ease up regulations surrounding Roundup Ready alfalfa

Friday, January 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its decision to grant non-regulated status for alfalfa that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide commercially known as Roundup. “After conducting a thorough and transparent examination of alfalfa through a multi-alternative environmental impact statement (EIS) and […]

Conservation forum set for landowners

Friday, January 28, 2011

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A half-day forum explaining the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program will be held Feb. 23, at the Westmoreland Conservation District, Donohoe Center, 218 Donohoe Road, Greensburg. This CREP forum will offer a variety of relevant information, including news on contracting, cost-sharing, practice requirements, and partner contributions. Speakers Scheduled speakers are: John Lohr, Westmoreland […]

Noble K. Hopkins

Friday, January 28, 2011

ANDOVER, Ohio — Noble K. Hopkins, 88, of Kinsman, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Andover Village Retirement Community. He was born April 23, 1922, in Nelson Township, Ohio, a son of Ransom E. and Ruth (Albaugh) Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins was a 1940 graduate of Nelson High School and married Vera (Criblez) Hopkins […]

U.S. edamame production takes a step forward, with herbicide registration

Friday, January 28, 2011

URBANA, Ill. — U.S. edamame production just took a step forward. The herbicide Dual Magnum has recently been registered for use on edamame, or edible, vegetable soybeans, which will increase farmers’ weed control options. Edamame production in the United States has been in an infant stage for decades, said Marty Williams, a weed scientist with […]

Tractor Supply reports 2010 fourth quarter and full year results

Thursday, January 27, 2011

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the U.S., recently announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 25, 2010. Additionally, the company provided its current outlook for fiscal 2011. Fourth quarter results Net sales increased 19.7 percent to $1.03 billion from […]

Produce farmer shares words of wisdom with Ohio growers

Thursday, January 27, 2011

See our report on the food safety portion of the conference here. SANDUSKY, Ohio — When life throws you a bad deal — and it’s sure to happen — you might as well be happy and thankful for what you have. That was part of the message Indiana produce farmer Ed Bell gave at the […]

Ohio Fair Managers Association announces inductees into hall of fame

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SALEM, Ohio — Five people were inducted into the Ohio Fair Managers Association Hall of Fame Jan. 9. Honored for their service to Ohio agriculture and the Ohio fair industry were: Howard Stahl, of Wooster; Vernon and Marion Howard, of Burton; Virgil Hite, of Marion; and Peggy Kaltenbach, of Waterford. Howard Stahl Howard Stahl, of […]

Debate continues over beef checkoff

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It wouldn’t be a new year without the big players in the $80 million-per-year beef checkoff — the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the Federation of Qualified State Beef Councils and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association — squaring off over checkoff money, programs and control. And so it is again as members of this tall-walker trinity gather […]

Stark County: Hard work and love make dreams come true for Schmuki Dairy farm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Schmuki dairy began as the American dream and now it continues as the dream profession for Mike Schmuki, who was honored as Stark Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2010 Conservation Farmer of the Year.

Referendum on Sorghum Checkoff Program slated

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hello Again! Here’s some news for the sorghum people in your life. The U.S.D.A. has finalized procedures for the upcoming referendum on the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum. For the program to continue, the Sorghum Promotion, Research and Information Order requires that a referendum […]

Bottled serenity could cure any illness

Thursday, January 27, 2011

“I was shaken awake by a nasty wind this morning. As I headed out to the barn to begin my chores, I saw that a nice little fall of snow had created a flattering prospect for sleighing.“ – Alexander Smalley, entry in diary, January, 1868 By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist I have often […]

Soil testing supplies useful information

Thursday, January 27, 2011

As I look out my window and see the snow covering the ground, it is hard to believe that spring is just 60 days away. Even with the snow on the ground, now is a perfect time to think about spring planning. Spring planning can include all sorts of projects and goals, such as planting […]

It can be beneficial for farmers to learn to communicate with young workers

Thursday, January 27, 2011

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times — “kids today just don’t work like we did.” I heard that when I was the kid and I hear it today referring to a whole new generation of kids. Maybe it’s not the kids, maybe it’s the adults. As adults maybe we don’t […]

Braving the not-so-great outdoors

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pity poor Chico the Chihuahua. Chico, three whole pounds of bruiser canine muscle (aka delicious morsel) was out with his owner last week when a great horned owl swooped down and tried to fly away with poor Chico firmly gripped in his talons. This is clearly a risk when your dog weighs less than the […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

NEW GALILEE, Pa. — Lawrence County equine 4-H group, Trail Blazers, had its first meeting of the year Jan. 18. During the meeting, members discussed rules and upcoming events. The group will be participating in several community events this year. The club will help serve food at a pantry Feb. 19 and March 19, with […]

Vacation with us…Potts

Thursday, January 27, 2011

There are few experiences that top visiting one of our country’s national monuments. Dean and Martha Potts, of Woodsfield, Ohio, traveled to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota in July and Farm and Dairy loved every moment of the trip.

Vacation with us…Rukenbrod

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Enjoying nature at its purest is a great experience. One such way is trail riding, which is what Fritz and Wendy Rukenbrod of East Palestine, Ohio, decided to do when they traveled out west to the Gallatin National Forest in Big Sky, Mont. Along with their trusted mounts, Buddy and Spot, another traveler joined them: […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

ALBANY, Ohio — The Alexander FFA members will take part in the FFA job interview CDE. Members that are participating are Kim Holcomb, Jacob Smith, Austin Crabtree, Adam Calhoun and Mary Pennignton. * * * NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The Laurel FFA Chapter were presented awards during the 95th Pennsylvania State Farm Show. Four of […]

Junior Duck Stamp contest showcases talent and gives a shot at scholarship

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This one is for serious kids who have artistic talent, an appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors and are looking for a way to show those talents off. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2011 Ohio Junior Duck Stamp contest, which is administered by Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Entries […]


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