Farm and Dairy’s week in review: 12/13

week in review 12/13

Here are this week’s top stories from Farm and Dairy:

1. Milk prices are about to fall big time

Due to disappearing export markets and increased production, it shouldn’t be a surprise that milk price are about to drop once the new year rolls around. Even though 2014 was a year of strong returns, a price correction is inevitable.

Fortunately, writing a budget for 2015 and re-evaluating expenses can help to lessen the impact of when the crisis hits.

2. How does the PUCO monitor pipeline safety?

Other than inspecting pipeline, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) oversees more than 56,000 miles of distribution line and over 10,000 miles of transmission lines across the state. PUCO also manages fines and penalties for violations to make sure that natural gas delivery is safe and reliable for the state’s 3 million customers.

3. Part II: Growing mushrooms outdoors

If you’re confident in your indoor mushroom growing abilities, it may be time to take your skills outside. Outdoor logs require little care during the winter, but during the summer need to be watered to keep from being dried out.

Outdoor mushroom growing offers a higher yield than indoor growing, and it can easily be done with adequate space, moisture and shade.

4. Mid-Ohio Growers meeting coming to Dalton

Supporting local growers and small-scale producers like the Amish is the mission of the Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting.

This year’s meeting will be held Jan. 8-9 and will focus on season extension and using hoophouses. “Hands-on workshops” will be offered for inspect and disease identification.

5. Poinsettias not so poisonous: Tips on keeping your plant healthy all year

Popular during Christmas time, poinsettias are normally admired for a few weeks and then thrown away after their leaves start to droop. However, with the right amount of light, temperature and water, your poinsettia plant could last all year.

And that popularly believed idea about poinsettias being poisonous to humans? Research has proved it wrong.

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