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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,, 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 […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of April 28, 2011:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

BOWERSTON, Ohio — The Silver Spurs met April 1, at the Bowerston Public Library with 13 members present. Amy Gareis, staff writer from the Harrison News Herald, was present to write an article featuring the club. T-shirt designs and colors were discussed, but no decisions were reached. Booth decorations and the community service project were […]

‘… to operate as needed’ is not what’s needed for many farmers

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Farm groups, commodity organizations and most ag checkoffs have spent 25 years and billions dollars refining and repeating their modern message: American agriculture is a business and farmers and ranchers are business people. In the process, cowboys became beef producers and hog farmers became pork producers and a half-million or more of each became no […]

What do you mean my name is Judith?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Some can say that they come from a dash of royal heritage, others can claim a background family tree filled with military heroes. Me? I come from a long line of nicknames. When my parents were youngsters, each had been given a pet family name. Dad was his parents’ first born in 1932, and his […]

Soil erosion more noticeable this spring

Thursday, April 28, 2011

As I write this, it’s raining. Again. And the weather forecast shows little clouds with raindrops and lightning bolts almost every day this week. But you don’t need me to remind you that we had some wet and wild weather this past winter and spring. And a drive through the countryside shows the toll it’s […]

‘A new look’ at Ohio State’s Agriculture Research and Development Center

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A half-year later, tornado-stricken campus is growing new life and hope.

Spice up your food and lose weight

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Spicing up your daily diet with some red pepper can curb appetite, especially for those who don’t normally eat the popular spice, according to research from Purdue University. “We found that consuming red pepper can help manage appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who do not […]

Marestail control essential for plentiful harvest

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

COLUMBUS — No-till practices save soil and offer many other benefits, but soybean producers know there’s at least one big disadvantage: Not tilling gives weeds, particularly problematic marestail, a chance to thrive. Challenge in soybeans Ohio State University Extension weed specialist Mark Loux said the biggest challenge growers in Ohio and surrounding states have in […]

Entomologist: New seed corn technology comes with risks

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bags of corn seed that mix genetically modified hybrids with and without Bt toxins that kill insects provide farmers easier compliance with federal regulations but could, over time, hasten insect resistance to Bt, a Purdue University entomologist said. Refuge in a bag Although “refuge-in-a-bag” seed technology has been approved for use […]

Brown crowned 2011 dairy princess

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SALEM, Ohio — Mary Jo Brown, of Salineville, was crowned 2011 Columbiana County Dairy Princess during the Columbiana Buckeye Dairy Boosters’ spring banquet April 10 at The Salem Hills Golf and Country Club in Salem. Brown is the daughter of Diane and Steve Tarka and the late Roy Brown of Salineville. A senior at Carrollton […]

LETTER: HSUS takes over Livestock Care Standards Board

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Editor: So it’s happened. The radical vegan, anti-consumer Humane Society of the United States has successfully taken over the voter-created Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board hock, stock and flock. It’s hard to believe that the board voted unanimously to adopt rules governing the housing of veal calves dictated by the fanatical leaders of the HSUS. […]


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