Read it Again: Week of Dec. 26, 2002


80 years ago this week. A party of flour mill experts from the eastern part of the United States visited the J.M. Manifold flour mill in Dillonvale, and inspected the new milling system recently installed. It is said to be the first of its kind east of the Mississippi River.

O.E. Bradfute of Xenia, Ohio, who has been president of the Ohio Farm Bureau since its organization and has been vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation for two years, was unanimously elected president of the national farm group at its annual meeting in Chicago. To fulfill his duties, he will move to the national headquarters in Chicago. His move will automatically make him ineligible as trustee of the Ohio State University, a position he has held for nearly 20 years.

50 years ago this week. Ohio is the nation’s second leading farm state in “percentage of farms on electricity power lines,” according to a recent research report.

Of Ohio’s 199,359 farms, 195,650 (or 98.1 percent) are on power lines. The national percentage is 86.5.

Only Indiana, with 99.4 percent of its 166,627 farms on power lines, is ahead of Ohio in the farm-state classification. Connecticut and Washington, both of which are not classified as farm states, have 99.9 percent of their farms on power lines.

25 years ago this week. Not long ago it was discovered that steers on heavy grain feeding would gain faster if they had ground limestone in the diet. Now another step has been made – apparently cement as used for concrete – will step up the rate of gain even more. It started when three Georgia farmers fed some cement dust – high in calcium – instead of the limestone. They soon found the animals were gaining about four pounds a day instead of the normal two.

As a result, the Agricultural Research Service has been experimenting by adding cement dust to cattle feed. Tests show cattle gaining weight 30 percent faster than those eating regular rations of grain and hays.


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