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There’s life after milking

Monday, August 31, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — So you have decided to exit the dairy industry. You have developed a plan, consulted with the proper people and are in the process of selling your farm. Now what? Brad Hilty, business and information management specialist with Dairy Alliance, has the following advice for dairy farmers who find themselves searching […]

Jumping ship on dairy biz? Think it out

Monday, August 31, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Dairy Alliance team is working to develop educational materials for producers interested in exiting the dairy business. Although information is available now via the Dairy Alliance Web site, two team members are hopeful a program about this topic will be available through extension educators this fall. John Becker, professor […]

Composting turns remains to resources

Monday, August 31, 2009

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — The death of a farm animal due to old age, premature birth or any other factor is unfortunate, but part of the circle of life. Keyword here is circle. Just because Bessie kicked the bucket doesn’t mean she’s done contributing to the farm.

Energy program mobilized in Ohio

Monday, August 31, 2009

COLUMBUS — Lisa Patt-McDaniel, interim director of the Ohio Department of Development, and Mark Shanahan, energy advisor to Gov. Ted Strickland, said the Ohio Department of Development’s Ohio Energy Office is accepting applications for $14 million in funding available through the Deploying Renewable Energy: Wind and Solar grant program. This announcement marks the first set […]

Conservation group to hold conference

Monday, August 31, 2009

DAVIS, Calif. — Grazing lands make up between two-thirds and three-fourths of the national land base. The wise management of these lands has environmental and economic implications that exceed common perception or understanding, according Bob Drake, chairman of the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative. Conference The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative will host its fourth national conference […]

Select Sires returns money to member-owners of the cooperative

Monday, August 31, 2009

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Customers of Select Sire Power Inc. received checks totaling $1,745,314, a 13.2 percent patronage dividend for business done in 2008. Checks Checks ranging from $20 to $20,000+ were mailed to customers in the Select Sire Power sales area that extends from Maine to Florida. Select Sire Power, Inc. has a history […]

U.S. farm equipment exports decline 20 percent in first half of 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Exports of U.S. agricultural equipment dropped 20 percent during the first half of 2009 compared to mid-year 2008, totaling $4.7 billion down from $5.8 billion a year earlier, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers off-road equipment manufacturing trade group produces global trends reports for members consolidating […]

What was your best buy at an auction?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Are you just dying to share a great deal you got at an auction? Do you have a great story to go with that deal? Then answer this question….What was the best buy you ever got at an auction? Farm and Dairy would like to give you a chance to brag and tell our readers […]

Raw milk blamed for infection in Wisconsin

Monday, August 31, 2009

MADISON, Wis. — Thirteen confirmed cases of illness in southeastern Wisconsin have been linked to consumption of unpasteurized milk, public health officials said, and they cautioned residents to discard any unpasteurized milk they have in their homes. Tested positive The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection […]

Portage County’s Randolph Fair wraps up fair week

Monday, August 31, 2009

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Portage County Fair.


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