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Study seeks to extend vase life of roses

Monday, February 28, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State University research intended to extend the “vase life” of roses inserts a gene from celery inside rose plants to help fight off botrytis, or petal blight, one of the rose’s major post-harvest diseases. Problem Some fungal pathogens, the bad guys that infect plants, produce a sugar alcohol called mannitol […]

Who holds our national debt?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. — The national debt is becoming a bigger and bigger issue. The debt represents money the U.S. government owes to someone. But who’s that “someone”? To figure it out, N.C. State University economist Mike Walden takes a look at the breakdown of our total national debt, which now stands at $14 trillion. Uncle […]

Northeastern Ohio economy showing slight signs of life

Sunday, February 27, 2011

CLEVELAND — For the third consecutive quarter since the recession began, northeast Ohio has posted year-over-year employment gains.

Pennsylvania Young Farmers recognize outstanding members

Sunday, February 27, 2011

DUBOIS, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Young Farmers Association held its 51st annual winter conference in DuBois, Feb. 8-10, recognizing the achievements of outstanding members. Nearly 125 members participated, attending educational seminars and touring local businesses. The event was hosted by the newly re-activated Brockway Chapter of Young Farmers. Recognitions included • Outstanding Young Farmer, Over […]

Create a cash flow plan for your dairy at Penn State workshops through state

Sunday, February 27, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The perception is often that milk producers can do very little to control milk price and on-farm profitability. But, this isn’t true; producers can learn to manage risk to control their future. One-day workshops In March, Penn State Dairy Alliance will host a series of one-day workshops, Managing Your Milk Margin […]

Is there enough acreage for corn?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

URBANA, Ill. — Most of the focus on 2011 U.S. planted acreage centers on corn acreage. There are a number of reasons for that focus, said University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good. “First, under the current policy regime, there is a mandate of 13 billion gallons of renewable biofuels production during the 2011-12 corn […]

Rules put Ohio veal industry in jeopardy, some producers say

Friday, February 25, 2011

A petition has been signed by farmers who say they do not plan to be in business, under current proposals.

Rogator nets $75,000 at Schrader auction

Friday, February 25, 2011

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Auctioneers Kevin Wendt and Nick Cummings of Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co., Inc. held an auction Feb. 22 in Wilmington, Ohio. Top-selling items included a 2005 Rogator that sold for $75,000, a 2004 Rogator that went for $55,000 and a 1995 IH Floater truck that sold for .$52,000 Other top sellers […]

Dangerous crime: Tampering with electric meters

Friday, February 25, 2011

CARROLLTON, Ohio — Every year, rural electric cooperatives across the country cope with thieves — folks who deliberately tamper with their electric meter to steal power. Not only is this practice extremely dangerous, it’s a serious crime that can result in hefty fines and jail time. There have been numerous cases in which consumers interfered […]

OLCSB advances dairy, beef, sheep and goat standards

Friday, February 25, 2011

Four more livestock standards available for public comments in Ohio.

May sheep shearing school adds wool science and handling program

Friday, February 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, Pa. — If you are interested in learning more about sheep shearing or the science of wool and how to handle it, plan to attend the Washington County (Pa.) Sheep Shearing School May 6-7, or the Wool Science and Handling Program on May 7 at the George Wherry Family Farm, south of Scenery Hill, […]

The evolution of ethanol: Promising new research goes beyond corn

Friday, February 25, 2011

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Fueling up your car with ethanol produced from blue-green algae may sound far-fetched. But Bill Gibbons, a professor and researcher in South Dakota State University’s Department of Biology and Microbiology, says it is close to reality — with commercial availability of this new generation of ethanol just four or five years away. […]

Can lesson can be learned from past?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Have you noticed a trend in the American work force? It seems that everyone I talk to is either being worked to death with no time to enjoy life and family, or they have no work at all and have the constant worry of trying to hold it all together. Conversation I struck up an […]

Let’s take a meeting at the USDA

Thursday, February 24, 2011

On Dec. 20, 17 people from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including Secretary Tom Vilsack, 10 from non-governmental organizations, 10 from seed and food firms and 18 from industry groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Biotech Industry Organization met at USDA to discuss “Alfalfa Production Co-Existence.” The benign title belied what many […]

Old newspaper gives glimpse of farm life in 1800s

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The state of agriculture in this country was still quite primitive in 1840, but many farmers were beginning to realize the farming practices of their fathers and grandfathers were long past their use-by-date. These progressive agriculturists were hungry to learn new ways of doing things and, to feed this hunger, there was a huge growth […]

Grassland Reserve Program deadlines approach

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hello again! Yet another February is near its end and the brief interlude of record high temperatures this past week remind us that spring is coming very soon. Seed catalogs are arriving weekly, another sure sign of spring as we think about the possibilities for this year’s garden. It is hard for me to imagine […]

The Cleveland sport and outdoor show is alive and well

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Now hear this. The Cleveland Sport, Travel, and Outdoor Show is alive and well. Currently living in Euclid, Ohio, the show is celebrating 74 years of entertaining those of us who would rather be out than in. And for those of us who are old enough, please turn back the clock and remember the trip […]

Ohio farms encouraged to take part in National Farm Benchmarking project

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Total cost of production per cwt., feed cost per cwt, net farm income per cow. These are important numbers for every farm as they monitor profitability, develop and monitor risk management plans and look for opportunities. These are also numbers that allow one farm to compare their production and financial management with similar farms. How […]

Don’t worry, bird populations vary each year

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jean Purvis of Butler, Pa. writes, “Scott, I have noticed this year that I have had very few juncos at my feeder. In fact, days pass that I don’t have any — quite unlike former years. On the other hand, I have had more white-throated sparrows (a favorite), sometimes as many as six or seven. […]

A roundup of 4-H news for Feb. 24, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning County Outdoorsmen met at the Youngstown Rifle and Pistol Club Feb. 11. The club discussed a shooting sports camp in July and scholarships available. The club shot pistol in the range after the meeting. Junior leaders helped run the meeting and assist in the range. The next meeting is Feb. 25. […]

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