Archive for September, 2013

United Soybean Board awards Battelle and Biobent Polymers

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

COLUMBUS — The United Soybean Board has awarded Battelle funding specifically targeted to assist Biobent Polymers, the Marysville, Ohio-based bioplastics company, in the commercialization of its revolutionary new bio-composite polymers made from soy. This new class of bioplastics is linked on the molecular level to maintain core characteristics of plastic which are missing in all […]

Lack of farming experience makes HSUS unqualified

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Editor: After reading last week’s Farm and Dairy article about HSUS and Paul Shapiro, my curiosity got the best of me and I spent a couple hours on the Internet checking out its board of directors and came up with some interesting facts. To my amazement, there is not one of these 15 people who […]

Extension and 4-H are vital components of community

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Editor: Two years ago I moved onto a 65-acre Harrison County farm property. Since I am a forester, and not a farmer, I have depended heavily on Extension for educating me on such issues as beekeeping, raising chickens and keeping cattle. I have found that 40 years experience as a professional forester is of very […]

Reader: Where does Farm Bureau’s power come from?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Editor: I have been a 34-year member of the Stark County Farm Bureau. I did not renew my membership for 2012 as I find I no longer have any common interests. My home has been on the market for 23 years. When it was put on the market originally, it was in pristine condition, having […]

Auction Roundup: Kiko auctions in January feature guns, instruments

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CANTON, Ohio — KIKO auctioneers held 37 auctions in January 2012. Auction highlights from the New Years auction, conducted by auctioneer Randall Kiko, included a JD 404 tractor that sold for $19,000, a Kobelco Mark IV 200 excavator went for $30,000 and a buyer paid $17,000 for a Case 850C dozer. A 15-foot Landoll Soil […]

Kensinger joins Ohio State as chair of Animal Sciences

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As part of his new role as chair of Ohio State University’s Department of Animals Sciences, Ronald S. Kensinger plans to create new partnerships, boost the department’s fundraising efforts and increase the amount of access to hands-on research opportunities for students. Kensinger began his duties Jan. 1. He most recently served as […]

Certified organic products can now move freely between U.S. and EU

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

COLUMBUS — Organic products certified in the United States or in Europe may be sold as organic in either region starting June 1.

Liars beware, more evidence to prove online dating lies

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MADISON, Wis. — Online daters intent on fudging their personal information have a big advantage: Most people are terrible at identifying a liar. But new research is turning the tables on deceivers using their own words. “Generally, people don’t want to admit they’ve lied,” says Catalina Toma, communication science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. […]

Animal welfare panel finds little abuse in hidden camera video of hog farm

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Animal welfare panel: Most of what is shown in the Compassion Over Killing hog farm video are normally accepted production practices and there was nothing that could be considered abusive.

Shale impact fee could be a possibility in Ohio, too

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

COLUMBUS — Drilling in the Marcellus shale is not new in Pennsylvania and it took some time to get an impact fee passed, so it has some wondering if Ohio could be next for such a fee. Rob Nichols, press secretary for Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, said an impact fee is under consideration for […]

Pennsylvania counties look to Marcellus shale impact fee for funding

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

According to the legislation, 60 percent of the money generated will stay at the local level, going to counties and municipalities with wells.

West Virginia schools, FFA programs riding tide of local food interest

Monday, February 20, 2012

In-school meat processing labs opening across West Virginia.

Auction Roundup: 344-acre farm in southwestern Ohio brings $1.31 million

Monday, February 20, 2012

WILMINGTON, Ohio — Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company conducted a farm sale on nearly 345 acres in Clinton County Feb. 16.

OEFFA conference champions ‘slow money,’ keeping food and cash local

Monday, February 20, 2012

Conference draws another sellout crowd — more than 1,000 attend.

Grants offered for renewable energy

Sunday, February 19, 2012

WASHINGTON — USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding is available from USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses […]

Northwest Pa. Grazing Conference set March 22

Saturday, February 18, 2012

CLARION, Pa. — Farmers can learn how to improve the health of both their soil and their cattle at the 15th annual Northwest Pennsylvania Grazing Conference March 22. The workshop will be held at the Zion Church, located 2.9 miles south of Interstate 80, exit 62, near Clarion. Conference highlight This year’s conference will focus […]

Cooper Farms installs wind power for cooked meats location in western Ohio

Friday, February 17, 2012

VAN WERT, Ohio — Cooper Farms Cooked Meats has joined the wind-power movement, recently installing two 1.5 megawatt wind turbines. Power needs The turbines, which should be fully functioning by mid-February, will provide more than 50 percent of the Van Wert plant’s power needs. They join a group of turbines that are now a part […]

For the love of farming

Friday, February 17, 2012

We asked readers to tell us what they love most about their life’s work. Here are some of their replies. I love farming because… “on the days you look at your spouse both exhausted from lambing all night and asking, “and why do we do this?” Then two things happen. A half hour later you […]

Stark County was hotbed of farm manufacturing

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stark County, Ohio, was a hotbed of farm implement manufacturing during the last half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th. While most of this activity was centered in Canton and Massillon, Alliance had at least two companies making farm implements. The Nixon & Company made the Alliance shovel plow and the […]

Snowy winter days sure have changed

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A dash of sugar-like snow is almost lost in the brown grass and gray sky out my back door. Winter’s dullness seems to have finally caught February and the weight has slowed it to a cold crawl. Fifty years ago a tablespoon more snow or a teaspoon more ice would have changed a plow horse […]


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