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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.

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