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Battling compaction: No-till, controlled traffic a key

Monday, April 20, 2009

With compacted soils, farmers could lose 5 percent to 10 percent of their corn or soybean yields.

Study finds big shifts in Indiana immigrant trends since 1990

Sunday, April 19, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Today’s Indiana immigrant likely is Mexican or Asian, under 40, a blue-collar laborer and not as proficient in English as foreign-born people who came to the U.S. even 20 years ago, according to a Purdue University study. “The immigrant population is young, it’s growing and it is increasingly diverse,” said Brigitte […]

Pa. bull sale breaks records

Saturday, April 18, 2009

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — Eighty-one bulls, consigned by breeders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, broke two sale records at the 36th Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale March 27 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace. The bulls sold for a total of $169,950 — a record-high average of $2,099 per bull. Sale A […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Daffodil Drive-It-Yourself tour to feature 13 stops in Carroll County

Monday, April 13, 2009

CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Natural Recourses Committee will hold its second annual Daffodil Drive-It-Yourself Tour of Carroll County April 19 with map and trip program pick-up at the Carroll County Fairgrounds from 1-4 p.m. The stops will be open from 1-6 p.m. Dinner The Carroll County Fair Barn […]

Time to thank your Mom for all she’s done

Saturday, April 11, 2009

She brought you into this world, watched you grow, taught you right from wrong and will love you always. She guided you through the good times and not-so-good times and instilled in you the knowledge needed to face and conquer the outside world. She has provided a support system that will be in place forever. […]

Pa. milk board: We’re not expanding

Friday, April 10, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board decided April 1 it would not try to capture additional premiums on Pennsylvania milk sold in other marketing areas.

Columbiana County’s Smith Vale Farms among state’s top dairies

Thursday, April 9, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Dairymen in Columbiana and Mahoning counties are among the best in Ohio, and Friday they took home armfuls of awards to prove it.

Holmes County dairy producers awarded at banquet

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — Holmes County dairy producers were recognized for their accomplishments during the annual dairy recognition banquet March 30 at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen in Mount Hope. Awards Hal and Rod Hunsberger had the high Holstein herd in the county among herds over 50 cows with 29,148 pounds of milk, 1,113 pounds of fat, […]

More crop producers to plant non-genetically modified soybeans

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

COLUMBUS — Cheaper seed and lucrative premiums are driving more crop producers to plant non-genetically modified soybeans this year. U.S. soybean production is 95 percent dominated by genetically modified Round Up Ready soybeans. Trend However, a small percentage of that crop — perhaps 5 percent — will be planted to non-GM soybeans and the trend […]

Grocery bills get a little bit smaller

Monday, April 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — Retail food prices at the supermarket dropped slightly for the second consecutive quarter, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare a meal was $47.41, down about 5.5 percent or $2.80 from the fourth […]

Can you afford your farm?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — With the current economic downturn, farmers may be scrutinizing the future of their operations and a financial planning tool offered by Ohio State University Extension is available to evaluate the health of on-farm businesses. FINPACK FINPACK (Farm Financial Planning and Analysis) is a nationally known agricultural software package designed to aid in […]

Livestock insurance program available

Saturday, April 4, 2009

COLUMBUS — A new livestock insurance program that pays out when milk income, minus the feed expenses, declines below a set level, could mean the difference between business survival or bankruptcy for struggling dairy producers. The Livestock Gross Margin Dairy Insurance product, originally developed by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation for feeder cattle and hog […]

Farming intentions: Crop acreage will be smaller than expected in ’09

Friday, April 3, 2009

COLUMBUS — Corn acreage in the United States is down and soybean acreage is up for 2009, according to the USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report. But the shift is not as great as the markets expected. Matt Roberts, an Ohio State University Extension economist, said that high fertilizer prices, high input costs for corn, and poor […]

Wayne County, Ohio, developing manure swap

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A new pilot project in Wayne County, Ohio, hopes to transform manure from what some would consider waste into a marketable product that could be bartered among agricultural producers or sold to gardeners, landscapers and others seeking a “green” source of high-quality fertilizer.

Ag groups push EPA to fight courts on pesticide application ruling

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

[Corrected April 1, 2009, 11:45 a.m.] SALEM, Ohio — Farmers who apply pesticides on fields near waterways may soon need permits to do so. That’s according to a recent ruling by the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which says pesticides are pollutants and will require farmers to secure a Clean Water Act permit before […]

USDA: Purchase of nonfat dry milk helps both farmers and low-income families

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WASHINGTON — The USDA is transferring approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service for use in domestic feeding programs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the goal is to help support both low-income families struggling to put nutritious food on their […]

USDA: Ohio hog numbers up; U.S. numbers down

Monday, March 30, 2009

Ohio hog producers had 1.97 million hogs on hand March 1, 2009, up 2 percent from last quarter and up 6 percent from a year ago. U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2009, was 65.4 million head, down 3 percent from March 1, 2008, and down 2 percent from December 1, 2008.

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