Archive for March, 2014

Extension educator lending a hand to rural farmers in Mozambique, Africa

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I had the opportunity to assist corn and soybean farmers near the town of Catandica in west central Mozambique in Africa on my third CNFA Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) volunteer assignment.

Vacation with us: Canfield United Methodist Church

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dale Royer and Brad Henderson, both of the Canfield United Methodist Church, are reading the Farm and Dairy, in Moore, Okla. They are part of a mission team from Mahoning Valley District Methodist churches. A total of 30 people from five churches went to Oklahoma in the efforts to help rebuild the area after last […]

Vacation with us: Goodemote

Friday, May 30, 2014

We were exhausted keeping up with the Goodemote family of West Middlesex, Pa., during a three-week European tour that included visits with cousins in Rovaniemi, Finland (which is where we posed for this great shot at the Arctic Circle), then on to Latvia, Iceland, England, and points in between! Thanks for Ron, Muriel, Ciara and […]

Be the change… A farmer’s pep talk!

Friday, May 30, 2014

By CATHY BERG As I sit here today in my office watching the trees sway in the wind, and admiring the beautiful hostas, iris’s and bleeding hearts growing outside my office window, I think of how much the world has changed. Public perception Public perception and our beliefs appear to now be more influenced by […]

Combined wool pools set for Lawrence and Mercer counties

Friday, May 30, 2014

In an effort to make the two northwest Pennsylvania Wool Pools more efficient in labor management, equipment, and better on their wool poolers, the Mercer County and Lawrence County Pennsylvania Sheep and Wool Growers Directors have voted to combine their wool pools starting in 2014.

Measles outbreak could be linked to immunization fears

Friday, May 30, 2014

Childhood immunizations for measles have practically eliminated outbreaks of the disease in North America. However, outbreaks of the disease in North America started to pop up in 2013 and 2014. In Ohio, there are 17 reported cases in Ashland County; 6 reported cases in Coshocton County; 18 reported cases in Holmes County; 86 reported cases in Knox County; 1 reported case in Richland County and 1 reported case in Wayne County.

Vacation with us: Kalina and Kaluga

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We joined Jim Kalina and Marie Kaluga for a great winter escape from Chicora, Pa., to the beaches of Naples, Fla. We’re sure they’ll take us back again next year…

Learning farm ropes can be shocking

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It made me stand up a little taller when my dad said to me one morning in the milking parlor, “I just couldn’t farm without you. You do good work.”

Caterpillars, forest birds and trees … how they fit

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let’s examine how small songbirds such as warblers, vireos and flycatchers act as keystone species in forest ecosystems.

El Nino: Is 2014 the new 1997?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

On May 8, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction forecasted a 65 percent chance of El Nino developing during the summer of 2014.

Planning to not make plans at all

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I’m packing the camper — or at least supposed to be. What I’m actually doing is writing about packing the camper. Procrastination — it’s an art form. I love camping. I love having a camper and I love everything about “getting away from it all.” What I don’t love is planning. At all. Yesterday I […]

Walleye lessons still hold true over 20 years later

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the mid-1980s, Lake Erie’s declared title of Walleye Capital of the World was already well established and undisputable. Those were times when the accepted method of walleye fishing was drift fishing and casting to the fish. The waters of Erie’s shallow western basin, a body of water stretching from Toledo to the islands, contained […]

Environmentalists link with Smithfield

Thursday, May 29, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Environmental Defense Fund recently announced a collaboration with Smithfield Foods and its livestock production subsidiary, Murphy-Brown LLC, that will help farmers optimize fertilizer application to grain grown for animal feed. By working with farmers and engaging all points along the food supply chain, the organizations hope to significantly reduce fertilizer runoff, […]

Touching the electric fence

Thursday, May 29, 2014

American humorist Will Rogers once noted that he “wasn’t a member of any organized political party” because “I am a Democrat.” The crack is dead-on funny because it’s bulls-eye true. Just ask any Democrat.

Done planting? Keep good records just in case

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including as much documentation as possible to substantiate your claim.

First 24 hours critical for calf colostrum

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colostrum, the first milk given by the dam (mother), is packed with antibodies that act as a passive immune system until the calf’s immune system produces antibodies itself. But you have only a 24-hour window to get that colostrum in the calf.

Reduce waste when feeding, storing hay

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hay handling tips that can keep your supply in good shape.

Uncertainty in Ukraine drives up grain prices

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The future prices of both corn and wheat have increased significantly, reflecting risk in the market.

Exhibit in New York features artifacts from Jewish humanitarian group

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NEW YORK — On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee a new exhibition, I Live. Send Help. 100 Years of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, will be on view at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, in New York City, from June 13 through Sept. 21. […]

NOAA finds probable site of steamer former slave piloted to freedom

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. — NOAA announced recently it has determined the probable location of the remains of the Civil War-era sidewheel steamer Planter, which gained national fame in 1862 when a group of enslaved African-Americans commandeered the Confederate Navy transport ship in a daring escape to freedom. The announcement was made in Charleston, South Carolina, where […]

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