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Keeping a thankful attitude is needed when dealing with challenged times

Friday, November 30, 2012

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” These words by Charles Swindoll are a good reminder during this busy holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This growing season has been a challenge for the agricultural community, but farmers’ thankfulness for what they did produce […]

Webcast to focus on biofilters

Friday, November 30, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center will host a webcast Dec. 7, focusing on biofilters. Biofilters have been getting attention as an on-farm method of reducing odor nuisances. Biofilters have been widely adopted to filter gas, odor and particulate matter from livestock facilities. However, the science behind “how they work” […]

Grange leader: Elected officials need to be more fiscally responsible

Friday, November 30, 2012

BOISE, Idaho — National Grange President Ed Luttrell outlined “four fundamental truths” he says elected officials need to follow to move America away from the “fiscal cliff.” He issued his challenge during his annual address Nov. 13 at the National Grange convention in Boise, Idaho. Luttrell’s four truths for policymakers include: living within our means, […]

Social media for ag business

Friday, November 30, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The use of social media has become an increasingly important way to enhance a farm or food business’ marketing activities, allowing owners and managers to connect directly with their audiences. While a social media presence is almost expected of many businesses, some struggle with how to use the various tools to […]

Migratory birds could bring disease with them

Friday, November 30, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Backyard bird watchers need to be extra vigilant this year in maintaining their feeders, according to ornithologist Richard Bailey of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. “We’ve received widespread reports of large flocks of pine siskins, a North American migratory bird in the finch family, so we […]

Ohio Farm Bureau: We need our nonfarm members

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Of Ohio Farm Bureau’s 214,000 members, fewer than three out of 10 are active, or farm, members — and that’s why the organization wants to improve its associate member engagement.

Twinsberry Tree Farm is a ‘People’s Choice’

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Years of experience paying off for Shreve, Ohio, tree farm and forestry business.

Christmas can be tough for pets

Thursday, November 29, 2012

From snacking on human treats to biting colorful light bulbs, as the winter holiday season draws closer, pet owners must keep an even more watchful eye on their furry, four-legged friends.

Time to wind down 2012 and start planning for grazing pastures in 2013

Thursday, November 29, 2012

As we wind down the 2012 year, it is time to assess what worked for us and what we can improve on for next year. The drought really put many of us in a bind this year, but what can we do to minimize problems for next year if we continue to have weather extremes? […]

There’s never a ‘good time’ to open your farm to visitors, but you should

Thursday, November 29, 2012

“There is an ever-increasing number of people, but the amount of land does not increase, therefore the amount of land per capita decreases, and one farm should offer both ownership and visitorship. Everyone needs — in fact, must have — occasional reacquaintance with the land.”   — Rachel Peden, “The Land, The People” In 1966, when […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Nov. 29, 2012:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Country Barbwires and Country Folks 4-h clubs met at Beechwood U.M.C. for their annual award dinner. First year awards went to Cody Cook, Lee Hall, Eilidh Hatherill and T.J. Wilson of the Country Barbwires. Kalob Wilson was gold medal runner-up in sheep project. Country Barbwires received the herdsman award. Country Folks […]

Yogurt makers (and dairymen) saying ‘I love New York’

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some are touting New York’s yogurt empire as the equivalent to California’s Silicon Valley. Editor Susan Crowell says let’s hope it keeps growing, one spoonful at a time.

Teachers, you can tap into ag curriculum

Thursday, November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released Feeding Minds — Cultivating Growth, the latest educator resource to be developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The guide and accompanying books can be purchased online at www.agfoundation.org. The curriculum teaches young people to care for others, build relationships and learn […]

Grants target Appalachia in Ohio

Thursday, November 29, 2012

COLUMBUS — The Governor’s Office of Appalachia has awarded three local development districts with grants from the State Appalachian Development Program. Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (Washington County), Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (Guernsey County) and the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (Pike County) will use the grants for community and economic development activities. Recipients […]

Quietness

Thursday, November 29, 2012

When we were children growing up, I remember well my mother on some occasions would say, “I need some quietness.” When we heard her say that, we all knew it was time to listen and quiet down. She said it and she meant every word she said. She always followed up by saying, “Enough is […]

Did Mississippi Farm Bureau railroad state director for opinions?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

To hear Fred Stokes tell it, he got carried away “a mite” in a Kansas City news conference Aug. 10 with his explanation of a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board over the management of the beef checkoff. Noting that the Humane Society of the U.S. had done the […]

Buckeye State is top 10 destination for nation’s whitetail deer hunters

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ohio’s woodlots are full of deer hunters this week, as over 400,000 orange-clad Ohio residents and non-residents chase whitetail deer, easily the nation’s most popular game animal. Is this a big deal or what? You betcha, say economic bean counters who claim that each fall deer hunters drop over $800 million on gear, food, shelter, […]

Digital divide still exists; the poor lose

Thursday, November 29, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Technology can serve as a tool to bridge the digital divide, but it is unlikely to be a complete solution in helping people find jobs and escape poverty. “People really want to believe that the latest technology will help us do all these great things and liberate us,” said Penn State […]

FSA Andy

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hello again! Today’s topic is going to seem like it is the wrong time of year to discuss it, but it’s not. I am going to talk about crop acreage reporting. In the past you were required to crop report small grains by June 30 and the rest of your crops by July 15. Starting […]

I’m making that list

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The official season of giving of gifts is upon us. This is embraced by the people who are gifted at giving. Their gifts are always creative, thoughtful and perfectly tailored to meet the needs of the recipient. I am not those people. I am the person who causes those people crushing disappointment when their lovingly […]

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