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EPA seeks penalty against company for dumping brine in national forest

Thursday, June 30, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a $157,500 civil penalty against a Kansas-based company for alleged illegal discharges of more than 228,000 gallons of oil brine into injection wells in the Allegheny National Forest in McKean County, Pa. EPA alleges violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and EPA regulations on […]

Just Say Cheese grand-prize winner: Shannah Yoder

Thursday, June 30, 2011

For her photo of Trevor waving at the passing cows, Shannah Yoder will receive a three-gallon tub of Penn State creamery ice cream in the flavor of her choice, four free issues of Farm and Dairy, a Farm and Dairy T-shirt and mug and, of course, bragging rights.

The Dirt on Conservation: Don’t let the mosquitoes bite

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Water management is essential for mosquito control. Eggs do not hatch unless they are in water. Any standing water that becomes stagnant is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Dairy Excel: Legislation to give responsible livestock owners some liability relief

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thanks to House bill 22, which will take effect Sept. 20, livestock owners will have less risk of automatically being held liable for damages when their animals escape and run loose on public roadways and on other’s property.

Record longnose gar caught in Summit Co. by bow fisherman

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Picture this: You are wading, or perhaps tubing with toes wiggling in the water below — chatting with friends and enjoying a carefree spring evening and looking forward to the even warmer summer weather while nearby a monster-like fish lurks in the shallows, a scary-looking creature that lives a secret life in its watery home […]

Jaloda Farms built on black and whites, and determination

Thursday, June 30, 2011

WELLINGTON, Ohio — Lorain County dairy farmer Jim Sheffield may not have the biggest herd around, or all of the newest equipment. But his registered Holstein milk cows — which today number 130 head — have done the 72-year-old well over the years. Sheffield and his wife, Lora, and their family manage Jaloda Farms, which […]

Belted Kingfishers, easy to identify, hard to forget

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I’m not an avid angler. It’s probably because I’m so easily distracted. Dragonflies and damselflies patrol their territories along cattail-lined shorelines. Bullfrogs bellow from the shoreline, and there’s often at least one snapping turtle coming up for air or a water snake swimming toward me. Attention getter More often, however, it’s the machine gun-like rattle […]

The history of John Deere is long and windy

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Although they’d been reluctant to dive into the budding gasoline tractor business, there was increasing pressure from Deere’s branch houses and dealers, who wanted a tractor to sell.

Farm and Food File: Partisan politics hurts legislation

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The mid-June Congressional action on ag programs seems to confirm why Washington D.C.’s streets feature roundabout upon roundabout: moving left or right — a big deal on Capitol Hill now — usually lands you back where you started.

Residual herbicide restrictions likely to affect cover crop planting decisions

Thursday, June 30, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — With interest in cover crops increasing among farmers unable to plant corn because of bad weather, Purdue Extension plant experts say growers should consider herbicide residue restrictions when making planting decisions.

Small towns are the strongest foundation

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mooreland, Indiana, was paradise for a child — my old friend Rose and I have often said so — small, flat, entirely knowable. When I say it was small I mean the population was three hundred people. I cannot stress this enough. People approach me to say they, too, grew up in small towns and […]

Vehicles aid in weed seed dispersal

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Noxious weeds are often found growing along roads and trails and vehicles have long been suspected of picking up weed seeds and dispersing them to new locations.

FSA Andy: Assistance program offered for renewable energy crops

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the establishment of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program project areas to promote the cultivation of crops that can be processed into renewable energy.

Living the big bang theory

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yesterday I got bangs. As any woman knows, this is clearly a cry for help. Unfortunately I was seized by momentary insanity and my best friend (the one who always tells me the truth) wasn’t there to body block the beautician on the basis of this being A Very Bad Idea (capitalized, as all truly […]

Michigan dairyman tackled Johne’s with focus on calves

Thursday, June 30, 2011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Tackling a problem with Johne’s disease taught Jake Fisk that concentrating on the basics can help eliminate the spread of many diseases, not just Johne’s.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of June 30, 2011:

Thursday, June 30, 2011

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — During the week of June 6-10 eight members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter attended summer camp at FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio. The theme for this year’s camp was Unlock the Mystery and campers were encouraged to solve a fictional murder mystery. During the camp FFA members participated in leadership […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of June 30, 2011:

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BURTON, Ohio — At the Breeders and Feeders June 12 meeting all members worked on skillathon. Cloverbuds gave reports on farm safety and practiced feeds. Swine members were told to keep their pigs fed, clean and cool and start walking them. Rabbits put together first aid kits. Beef clinic was held June 25 at Universal […]

DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol enters agreement to purchase Iowa land

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ITASCA, Ill. — DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DuPont, has entered into an agreement to purchase a parcel of land in Nevada, Iowa, adjacent to Lincolnway Energy LLC’s conventional ethanol plant.

85 claims received after Archbold Elevator’s grain license suspended

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — More than $3.4 million will be paid out to grain producers after operations were halted at Archbold Elevator in April after the discovery of missing grain. Archbold Elevator, Inc. is located at 3265 County Road 24 in Archbold, Ohio. Approved claims. Erica Pitchford, public information office for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, […]

We’re all just irresponsible wimps

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Your mother and Uncle Sam can’t protect you all the time.

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