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Researchers study heifer feeding techniques and meat quality

Friday, April 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — To help satisfy consumers’ growing appetite for beef, Agricultural Research Service scientists are looking at innovative ways to make cattle production more efficient and to provide better beef products. New strategies to reduce the cost of production include more efficient nutrient use by the animals and improvements in their lifetime production efficiency. More […]

Radiation from Japan not hurting food

Friday, April 29, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Radiation spewing from Japan’s severely damaged nuclear facilities following the recent earthquake and tsunami is not endangering the United States’ food supply, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Based upon the government reports, there is currently no risk to our country’s food supply, said Martin […]

Cattle prices to move past seasonal highs and continue to climb in 2012

Friday, April 29, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Cattle prices have had a run to the up side, with finished steers reaching the low $120s per hundredweight in early April. Now, there are signs that those lofty prices will not be maintained into the spring and summer, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension economist. “It is the strength […]

Think About It: The Crown of Men

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A few weeks ago our two youngest grandchildren, Kaitlin and Titus, stayed overnight at our house. Needless to say it was an exciting evening. As they entered the door they brought their school backpacks along with a few bags and overnight bags. It appeared they brought enough clothing and books to make it through the […]

Memorable hunt taught me how to pack

Thursday, April 28, 2011

One of my fondest memories happened over 20 years ago when several friends banded together to hunt caribou on the wild, Alaska tundra. It was the first opportunity any of had to pack for a week-long, fly-in hunting trip, a drop camp in the wilderness, a test of outdoor skills, and the first time we […]

Return of hummers is something to hum about

Thursday, April 28, 2011

By the time you read this, ruby-throated hummingbirds should be visiting a nectar feeder on your back porch. They’re back early again this year. At one of my favorite websites, www.hummingbirds.net, I follow their northward journey each spring. Anyone can report their first hummers, and then all can monitor the north bound migration. The first […]

Don’t forget commodity program deadlines

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hello Again! With all the cold, windy, and wet weather we have felt lately it’s hard to believe that April is almost over! Hopefully very soon we will be able to get into the fields to start spring planting! With spring encouraging warmer weather, the folks at FSA have a few reminders and 3 very […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of April 28, 2011:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter raffled off a model John Deere 730 tractor at this year’s chapter banquet. Only 1500 of these tractors were produced. Brian Bowers was the recipient of the tractor. On the entry form participants were required to write their favorite FFA memory. Bowers said, “My favorite memory of […]

Things to consider during a farm transition from one generation to next

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Questions and issues from families about transferring their farm businesses to the next generation continue to come into my office, with several calls and on-farm meetings in the last few weeks. Maybe it’s the weather or tax season, but whatever the reason, at least families are giving the topic consideration. Attorney needed Most farm business […]

Two poems for the spring season

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Safely tucked away in my wallet, the clipping is beginning to yellow but it only sees the light of day once in this mesmerizing season. And it has become a tradition for me to present it to you each April. If thou of fortune be bereft And in thy stone there be but left, Two […]

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