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Obama: Cut direct farm payments

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The Washington winds shifted subtly with the release of the Obama administration’s first budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National collection helping to preserve heirloom sheep breeds

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

WASHINGTON — What do the Agricultural Research Service, George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and Colonial Williamsburg, Va., have in common? Here’s a hint: The answer has four legs and a woolly tail. Both the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which operates Washington’s estate, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, which operates Colonial Williamsburg, maintain flocks of heirloom […]

Ohio corn growers join new coalition

Monday, March 2, 2009

WASHINGTON — Corn producers from 10 states, including Ohio, have formed a new group to work with policymakers in Washington. The new Corn Farmers Coalition includes members of the Ohio Corn Growers Association, and the industry’s trade group — the National Corn Growers Association. “Washington needs to know that corn farmers are using some of […]

Initiative helps producers meet consumer demand for ‘green’ products

Monday, March 2, 2009

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The dairy industry unveiled a major initiative to help reduce on-farm expenses while meeting a growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products. The industry-wide effort focuses on the fluid milk value chain — from farm to table. It includes a series of projects that will reduce energy, increase efficiency and help dairy […]

Feed and grain summit held in Harrisburg, Pa.

Friday, February 27, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Industry professionals interested in taking an active role in developing regional policies and an action plan relating to feed and grain markets can attend the first-ever Feed and Grain Summit. When and where Hosted by the Pennsylvania Feed and Grain Task Force, the summit is slated for March 11 from 8 a.m. […]

Are wind turbines an energy option in Mahoning Valley?

Friday, February 27, 2009

CANFIELD, Ohio — Are wind turbine systems a practical alternative energy source for residents in the Mahoning Valley? An informational seminar will be held March 20 at 1 p.m. at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Canfield-Columbiana Rd., Canfield. Topics The seminar will cover the process in assessing energy usage, legal restrictions, grants and the […]

Dope busted for transporting marijuana

Friday, February 27, 2009

Man from British Columbia arrested for hauling drugs in cattle trailer SUMAS, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Sumas port of entry seized 1,746 pounds of high grade marijuana concealed within the floors of a cattle trailer on Feb. 17 and arrested Edwin Roy Fuller, 39, of Langley, British Columbia. Fuller, […]

Make your own cheese at workshop

Friday, February 27, 2009

JEFFERSON, Ohio — Enhance your dairy operation with a farmstead cheese business with the aid of an Ohio State University Extension cheese-making workshop. The workshop will be held April 16-18 at the OSU Extension office in Ashtabula County, 39 Wall St., Jefferson. The course will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an optional […]

Ice cutting a tradition for Amish

Friday, February 27, 2009

HOWARD, Ohio — They say it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good. This cold January has certainly helped the fuel dealers, and it has put a thick layer of ice on farm ponds.

Monsanto hopes to simplify selection of branded traits

Thursday, February 26, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Monsanto is hoping to simplify trait selection for farmers with the launch of Genuity, which will differentiate the company’s technology products under one platform. Ernesto Fajardo, a Monsanto vice president, said the company’s next generation, value-added trait technologies will be marketed as Genuity beginning in 2010. He said the Genuity family of […]

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