Archive for December, 2011

ODA accepting public comment on permits for Ohio Fresh Eggs

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting comments from the public on draft expansion and renewal operating permits for nine separate permitted facilities located in Licking County. The facilities consist of four egg-laying sites, three pullet sites and two breeder sites with an office address of 10513 Croton Road, located in Croton, […]

OSU Extension offering food safety training

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

COLUMBUS — OSU Extension will be offering food safety training to assist individuals in meeting Ohio Department of Health Level 1 certification standards. A new food safety short course for non-profit groups will also be offered. A ServSafe Employee training course will be held March 5 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at J.I.M.’s Place […]

Thompsons preserve 3,000-plus acres in Ohio, Pa.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More than two-thirds of the land is farmland, which will be protected against future development.

Partnerships and planning key to successful drilling operations

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Editor: At the Columbiana County General Health District we have been involved with aspects of oil/gas drilling operations for several years now. We do a great deal of research and forecasting to develop planning and initiatives for that response. Some of this initial research involved finding similarities between oil/gas drilling occurring throughout the country, and […]

Vote for the Harrison County Cooperative Extension levy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Editor: I am definitely voting for the new Harrison County Cooperative Extension levy coming up at the March 6 election. Please go vote, even if that is the only thing you make it out for this time. A few years ago, I realized that my unused pasture was growing poverty grass, and I wondered if […]

Raw milk: Both sides of the issue need to be addressed

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Editor: I would like to discuss some of the remarks made by Mr. Scott Shalaway. A while back he wrote in the Farm and Dairy that people should pen their cats up. Well the farmer’s barn cats roam at will and kill birds now and then but it keeps the mice and rats out of […]

LETTER: Humane Society’s mission is to help all animals

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Editor: The announcement by Rick Berman’s Center for Consumer Freedom that it had discovered 120 complaints made to the Federal Trade Commission concerning The Humane Society of the United States (Watchdog Group Calls on FTC to investigate the Humane Society, Feb. 15, 2012) is not so much news as a confirmation that, like the deceitful […]

ODNR reports: More Utica shale wells in the works

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Carroll County appears to be leading the pack again.

From Adam’s housecat to Zydeco: Dictionary of American regional English completed

Monday, February 27, 2012

MADISON, Wis. — What is a Maine-born doctor to do when a patient in Pennsylvania complains, “I’ve been riftin’ and I’ve got jags in my leaders?” Consult the Dictionary of American Regional English to learn that the patient has been belching and experiencing sharp pains in his neck. After nearly five decades of work at […]

Unpredictable weather calls for proper corn management techniques

Saturday, February 25, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — There may be no such thing as the “normal” growing conditions of old that many corn farmers have been longing for after enduring extreme weather in recent years, a Purdue Extension agronomist says. Instead, Bob Nielsen suggested that corn growers should look at a variety of management techniques to give crops […]

Pennsylvania adds 14 new farms in 12 counties to preservation program

Saturday, February 25, 2012

More than 459,000 acres on 4,243 farms saved since 1988.

Local Food Summit 2012 planned in northcentral Ohio

Saturday, February 25, 2012

OBERLIN, Ohio — The New Agrarian Center and are hosting the Local Food Summit 2012 March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lorain County Community College’s Sptizer Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio.

USDA: Natural selenium good for sheep

Friday, February 24, 2012

WASHINGTON — A more cost-effective, longer-lasting selenium supplement for livestock may soon be available, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist. Animals as well as humans need selenium, a trace mineral and component of antioxidants, to stay healthy. Inadequate selenium in sheep reduces conception rates, increases neonatal mortality, and in some instances, causes “white […]

Strip-till boosts nutrient uptake and yield

Friday, February 24, 2012

URBANA — The practice of deep banding fertilizer is growing in popularity as more growers turn to strip-till. However, this method may be costing growers more than it is worth A new University of Illinois study revealed that strip-till was superior to no-till and increased yield in soybean. However, the results showed no difference in […]

Soil scientists increase wheat yields with better use of nitrogen

Friday, February 24, 2012

PRINCETON, Ky. — It’s important for wheat producers to get the most efficient use of their nitrogen inputs to keep costs down and improve crop productivity. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture soil scientists have conducted studies on the effectiveness of remote-sensing nitrogen applicators and have developed an algorithm to use in the equipment that […]

Efforts to control the Mississippi result in flooded farmland, extensive damage

Friday, February 24, 2012

URBANA, Ill. — When the water in the Mississippi River rose to 58 feet with a forecast of 60 feet or higher in May 2011, the emergency plan to naturally or intentionally breach the levees, established over 80 years prior, was put in motion. The flood of 1937 did top the frontline levee and water […]

Even in ‘warm’ winter weather, dairy calves need better nutrition

Thursday, February 23, 2012

“Chill in the air, calves get fluffy hair.” Sounds like something from an old almanac, but I just made it up. While some calves seemingly do get a long and fluffy hair coat overnight, the more important cue of that chill is for calf feeders to feed baby calves more. Good calf feeders know, however, […]

Dairy farmers hear ‘truth’ about agriculture at Tusc. County meeting

Thursday, February 23, 2012

When used according to the label, drug residue can be prevented.

Dairy producers gather to learn about drug residues in meat and milk

Thursday, February 23, 2012

SALEM, Ohio — It’s more important than ever to prevent residues from showing up in the milk or meat production coming from your farm. Dr. K. Fred Gingrich II, with Country Roads Veterinary Services in Ashland County, addressed a dairymen’s clinic Feb. 16 sponsored by the Lisbon Veterinary Clinic at the First United Methodist Church […]

My travels have been full of Kodak moments, but you can’t keep all those slides

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Culling my photos from 35 years of outdoor hunting and travel ain’t easy. But I have to face the inevitable. Stuff (all those slides) has to go.


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