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4-H flag was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Monday, June 15, 2009

WASHINGTON — USDA’s national 4-H headquarters and NASA sent the 4-H flag, depicting the familiar 4-H clover, into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour June 13 as part of the STS-127 mission. 4-H promotes positive youth development, facilitates learning and engages youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality […]

Longtime WVU Extension specialist, faculty member honored for service

Monday, June 15, 2009

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A faculty member and Extension specialist whose work has improved the quality of life for thousands of West Virginians of all ages has been honored by West Virginia University for service to the community and state. Richard L. Fleisher Associate Professor Richard L. Fleisher is the recipient of this year’s Ethel and […]

Group touts progress toward sustainable agriculture standards

Monday, June 15, 2009

MADISON, Wisc. — Significant progress was made during a meeting of the multi–stakeholder Standards Committee working to develop an American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture. Forty- eight committee members, along with 15 observers, convened for the two–day summit earlier this month in St. Charles, Ill.,to review task force recommendations, lay the groundwork for resolution of […]

Global activity of pork and beef remains strong

Monday, June 15, 2009

DENVER — Despite the prolonged slowdown in global economic activity and the initial wave of A-H1N1 Influenza-related market reactions, exports of U.S. pork and beef held up reasonably well in the month of April.

Battling Johne’s disease in dairy herd takes ongoing measures

Monday, June 15, 2009

There is no cure for Johne’s disease, so the best way to manage the disease is to prevent it.

Stark County Jail inmates are giving back, one vegetable at a time

Monday, June 15, 2009

An innovative gardening program is launched at Stark County Jail with the hopes of helping those in need.

Pa. farmers can ‘REAP’ benefits of tax credits by applying for this program

Monday, June 15, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania farmers are making further investments in the environment by implementing on-farm conservation practices, thanks to the Resource Enhancement and Protection tax credit program, or REAP. The program encourages farmers to use conservation best management practices to reduce erosion and sedimentation impacting Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. It has proven to be an […]

Pennsylvania hog farmers face risk to herd from imported wild hogs

Monday, June 15, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Eurasian wild hogs illegally brought into Pennsylvania for use on a hunting preserve were found to be carriers of pseudorabies, a virus that can cause reproductive and neurological problems in livestock and wildlife. Hogs discovered Pennsylvania’s commercial swine farms have been declared pseudorabies-free by U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2004. The state […]

Four Ohioans committed to agriculture join Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame

Monday, June 15, 2009

COLUMBUS — Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s agriculture industry will be honored Aug. 7 by the Ohio Agricultural Council when they are inducted to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame. Inductees The Ohio Agricultural Council will induct Irv Bell of Zanesville, John Foltz of Columbus, […]

Quilt block gardens growing in Kentucky

Monday, June 15, 2009

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. — A colorful agritourism attraction has bloomed in northeast Kentucky with help from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Quilt block gardens are popping up across a five-county area. Northeast Kentucky is blanketed by many quilt block bedecked barns linked by quilt trails. The barns and trails have been successful agritourism attractions […]

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