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Auction Roundup — Valentine’s Day auctions bring high bids

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Troth Auctioneering of Ashland, Ohio, held an auction Feb. 14 at the Ashland County Fairgrounds. The sale was called by auctioneer Britton Troth and had 387 registered bidders. The highest selling item was an ivory statue which sold for $2,400. Other items included a 1 ounce Krugerand which brought $975; a 1895 S Morgan dollar […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 5, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

WELLINGTON, Ohio — The Wellington FFA chapter has been very active working on officer books, proficiency awards, state degree applications, FFA Week, and numerous contests. This year’s treasurer, Amelia Jones, received a gold rating on her treasurer’s book. Kayleigh Switzer, this year’s secretary, received a silver rating on her book. This year’s reporter, Jillian Auble, […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 5, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

NEW RUMLEY, Ohio — Members of the New Rumley 4-H club reorganized recently at the Rumley Township Community Hall. Election of officers was held as well as committee appointments. This year’s club officers include: Brooke Smith, president; Zoee Kaurich, vice president; Mollie Warner, secretary; Brent Kendziorski, treasurer; Mikayla Kovacik, news reporter; Dylan Warner and Alex […]

Geography, timing, stress can affect antioxidants in cancer-fighting foods

Thursday, March 5, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Black raspberries contain cancer-fighting properties, but how much those compounds benefit the consumer may depend on environmental factors and cultural practices. Small-fruit specialists with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center analyzed four common black raspberry cultivars at eight production sites throughout Ohio and found varying levels of antioxidants. The findings suggest […]

Pa. cattlemen pool calves to gain dollar power

Thursday, March 5, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Eight thousand calves were sold for premium prices last year through a program that is helping to increase profits for Pennsylvania beef producers. Since 1995, the Pennsylvania Feeder Calf Pool traditionally has added 10 to 25 cents a pound to the sale price, according to Dustin Heeter, livestock-production educator for Penn […]

Sugarcreek auction fined $162,800 for equine violations

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leroy Baker Jr., owner and operator of Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, has been fined more than $162,000 by the USDA for violating equine transport laws. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) filed a complaint against Baker in March 2008, alleging he violated the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.

Humane society: Ohio, here we come

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers, you’ve had your warning. The Humane Society of the United States — the group who’s successfully outlawed hen cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in California, Arizona and Florida — has its eye on doing the same in the Buckeye State. The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to […]

Temple Grandin helps ranch expand humane certification

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Temple Grandin, renowned author, livestock facilities designer and proponent of animal well-being, is lending her name to a labeling program that guarantees sustainability and humane animal treatment. Grandin unveiled the program, which she’s calling Dr. Temple Grandin Certified, Sustainable & Humane, in early February. It applies only to the Niman Ranch line […]

Soybean industry turmoil continues at top

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Dan Duran, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, has been placed on administrative leave by the council’s board of directors. Duran will be on leave with full pay and benefits until further notice. The council issued no further comment following the March 3 statement. The action comes as additional facts of […]

Workshop visits bioenergy possibilities

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PIKETON, Ohio — With nearly 70 percent of southern Ohio’s land cover invested in farmland and forests, opportunities abound to convert those resources into bioenergy products. An Ohio State University workshop will be offered this month that will explore the feasibility of producing and processing bioenergy crops to meet growing energy demands while stimulating the […]

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