Archive for January, 2012

Starting a farm: Looking for land

Friday, February 28, 2014

The high price of farmland is the most common complaint of new farmers, and with good reason; both crop and pasture land is selling at an all-time high.

HSUS, OFU members hold meeting to discuss farmer co-ops

Friday, February 28, 2014

Group meets in Ohio to discuss how a co-op could help farmers, especially marketers of grass-fed beef.

Conference addresses mastitis and milk quality

Friday, February 28, 2014

To help dairy farmers, veterinarians and other agricultural industry professionals understand how to prevent and treat mastitis, the Penn State Extension Veterinary Team is hosting the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference, March 25-26 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville.

Bump in grain prices becoming a rally

Friday, February 28, 2014

All three major commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have shown signs of an uptrend for a few weeks.

Showering with unsolicited advice

Friday, February 28, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

Pork lovers asked to share their love

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Pork Checkoff has been celebrating the love of pork with consumers, through an integrated marketing program, including a national pork share-a-thon.

Purdue sponsoring specialty foods workshop March 13

Friday, February 28, 2014

A Purdue University workshop March 13 will offer guidance on how to start a specialty food business.

Why are conditions so dry in California?

Friday, February 28, 2014

California is supposed to be the Golden State. Make that golden brown. The entire west coast of the U.S. is changing color as the deepest drought in more than a century unfolds.

Chesapeake Energy reports 2013 finances; still waiting on infrastructure in Utica shale

Friday, February 28, 2014

As of Dec. 31, 2013, Chesapeake has drilled 425 wells in the Utica, including 230 producing wells and 195 wells awaiting pipeline connection or in various stages of completion.

OSHA backs off small farm target

Thursday, February 27, 2014

OSHA backed off its previous enforcement directive regarding on-farm grain storage, and emphasized that farms with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from OSHA inspection or enforcement activities.

Potatoes come in more sizes, colors than most Americans know

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture.

Experts research engineering industrial waste into proppants for shale gas and oil recovery

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants — particles used to open rock fractures — for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz.

Get ready! Turkey hunting season is coming

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Apparently, spring turkey season is the next big event. Forget everything else, because it is turkey, turkey, turkey from here on out. Not just in Ohio, but in nearly every state, where turkey hunters are like cash cows to marketers of outdoor gear. Our mailbox has been filled in recent weeks with catalogs, fliers, offers […]

Dairy farms are not a source of far-flung bioaerosols

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Agricultural Research Service microbiologist Rob Dungan is documenting how bioaerosol dispersal fluctuates throughout the day and year, their downwind concentrations, and factors that affect dispersal patterns.

Perseverance to correct erosion problems

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Even the most die-hard winter fan must be hoping that spring is right around the corner. I don’t fall into the category of liking winter; I simply endure it. Most days I find myself needing an attitude of perseverance to get through this time of year. I like this quote about perseverance: “Don’t be discouraged. […]

Congress: Be sure to read it and then pay

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Jan. 5, 2011, www.gop.gov, the website for the “House Republican Majority,” trumpeted news that its members had acted on their “promise” to “ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.” […]

Knowledge is displayed in many ways

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Do not let a test score deter you from the power of the dream.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 27, 2014:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA Chapter has an Ag in the Classroom committee that goes over to Northwestern Elementary once a month to teach elementary students about different aspects of agriculture. In the month of January, the students learned about poultry. The students were taught about some of the benefits and products that […]

Showering with unsolicited advice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

Ruffed Grouse Society adds woodcock option

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To an unsuspecting beginner, flushing a grouse or woodcock can be unnerving.

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