Stories by Farm and Dairy Staff

West Alexander Fair livestock auction results

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s West Alexander, Pa., Fair.

Frost may nip soybean crop early next week

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Agricultural Forecast Center reports a scattered frost may nip the soybean crop in the upper Midwest early next week.

High grain prices are here to stay

Monday, September 22, 2008

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — An ethanol-fueled spike in grain prices will likely hold, yielding the first sustained increase for corn, wheat and soybean prices in more than three decades, according to new research by two University of Illinois farm economists. Price surge Corn, an ethanol ingredient which has driven the recent price surge, could average $4.60 […]

Pa. boar and gilt sale breaks record

Monday, September 22, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — An exceptional group of tested boars and gilts produced record-breaking results at Pennsylvania’s 33rd Performance Test Boar and Gilt Sale, held Aug. 20, at the Samuel E. Hayes Jr. Livestock Evaluation Center. Record high The group of 14 boars averaged a record high of $658, and two gilts averaged $250. All […]

Hereford Beef launches new brand

Monday, September 22, 2008

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Hereford Association and Certified Hereford Beef LLC staffs have created a new Hereford-based beef brand specifically targeting Hispanic shoppers. In 31 Hispanic grocery stores throughout the Los Angeles area, shoppers now have the opportunity to buy Hereford beef labeled Nuestro Rancho™, from a service case cut just the way […]

Wind damages crops across the state, but losses hard to predict

Monday, September 22, 2008

COLUMBUS — After the wind storm from Hurricane Ike, Ohio farmers are finding their corn in one of two states: either standing relatively well or taking a beating. It pretty much depends on the stage of maturity as to how difficult the crop will be to harvest. Wind damage appears most severe in drought-stressed corn […]

U.S. ends marketing year with record grain exports

Saturday, September 20, 2008

WASHINGTON — U.S. agricultural exports surpassed expectations in 2007, generating a record $82 billion for U.S. farm families and the economy in general. According to the USDA’s 2007/2008 marketing year-end report released Sept. 12, feed grains exports in 2008 largely surpassed 2007 numbers. U.S. corn exports totaled 59.9 million metric tons (2.35 billion bushels) up […]

Scenes from this year’s Farm Science Review

Friday, September 19, 2008

If you didn’t get to this year’s Farm Science Review, here are some of the sights you missed.

Ohioans earn $470,000 in grants

Friday, September 19, 2008

COLUMBUS — The USDA’s Rural Development Office awarded $471,000 in Value-Added Producer Grant funding to three recipients during the 2008 fiscal year funding cycle. “These results reflect the effectiveness of our outreach efforts and the increased awareness by the agricultural community of the program’s benefits,” said State Director Randy Hunt. “The response to our Value-Added […]

You might be eligible for farmland cleanup funds

Thursday, September 18, 2008

There is the possibility the USDA’s Emergency Conservation Program has been implemented in your county by your local county committee to help with Ike cleanup efforts.


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