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Food safety bills on plate in D.C.

Friday, April 17, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Spinach. Peanuts. Pistachios. Sprouts. Continued national food recalls because of possible contamination have triggered calls for stricter food safety measures for several years. Last year alone, more than 75 food safety legislative proposals were introduced in Congress, according to the Produce Marketing Association. But the calls are getting louder, and last month […]

Soldier credits 4-H for building leadership skills

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Editor: My days in 4-H seem so long ago, yet they are with me every day. At the time, my 4-H projects were activities I enjoyed and wanted to learn more about. Today, those lessons are exactly what I hold onto to protect myself and my country. When I started in 4-H, I didn’t really […]

Auction Roundup for April 16, 2009 – Auctions are strong in weak economy

Thursday, April 16, 2009

- Peter R. Kiko of Kiko Auctioneers and Realtors of Canton, Ohio, held an absolute real estate auction March 27 for Phillip and Jennifer Stone. The 282-acre farm in Burbank, Ohio, was offered in 13 parcels and then in combinations and finally sold as a whole for $1,516,000. – Auctioneer Joe Herr of Herr-a-cane Auctions […]

Keep 4-H in Morrow County

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Editor: I couldn’t believe it when I was told by my mom that Morrow County was in serious jeopardy of losing its 4-H program. I was in 4-H for 10 years. As a parent, I have looked forward to the day when my daughters would get the amazing experience 4-H offers. This is how I […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of April 16, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year and will start an alumni chapter. Membership is open to anyone who supports FFA and agricultural education. As a member you will take an active part in building your community at the local, state and national level. Your commitment helps ensure the […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of April 16, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

NORWALK, Ohio — The Hartland New Horizons 4-H club held its first meeting March 15 to sign paperwork and receive fair project books. On April 5, members voted for club officers. Those elected were Logan Stumpf, president; Matthew Scheerer, vice president; Casey Molesky, secretary; Joel Boose, treasurer; Samantha Cantu, news reporter; Jacob Barnes, recreation; Noah […]

Ag groups bypass EPA in effort to get pesticide permitting thrown out

Thursday, April 16, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The American Farm Bureau Federation and CropLife America last week bypassed the Environmental Protection Agency, asking to have the courts review a ruling that would require permits for pesticide use on farms nationwide. In early January, the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said common farm pesticides are pollutants and will require […]

Keep compost weed-free: Time, temperature and turning critical factors

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Compost can be a gardener’s best friend. It can deliver dramatic improvements in soil quality and nutrients to nourish your plants throughout the growing season. But unless you use the right techniques, you may also find yourself with a bumper crop of weeds. “Composting is a biological process that decomposes leaves, lawn […]

Weed resistance to Roundup only matter of time

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Roundup Ready crops have made weed control much easier for farmers, but a new study shows their reliance on the technology may be weakening the herbicide’s ability to control weeds. Bill Johnson, a Purdue Extension weed specialist, said farmers who plant Roundup Ready crops and spray Roundup or glyphosate-based herbicides almost […]

Homeopathy has its fans and foes

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mahatama Ghandi used it. So did Mark Twain and John D. Rockefeller. Cindy Crawford, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey and Prince Charles are all said to be fans. The object of their admiration? Homeopathy, a non-toxic method of treating illnesses characterized as pure genius by its fans and pure quackery by its […]

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