Farm and Dairy’s week in review: 5/26

Demand for farmland has driven prices to record highs in many areas. But before a decision is made to buy land, farmers should have a well-researched financial plan.

2. Youngstown school now offers aquaponics:

Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown, Ohio, now offers an aquaponics program to its students. School officials hope the program will become a resource to the community.

The program kicked-off in September 2012. Since then it’s added 2 new grow beds and a new vertical growing system that will soon become the home of some 84 strawberry plants.

3. Southern Park Stables in use by Mahoning Co. 4-H:

Southern Park Stables was part of the Southern Park Racetrack, established in 1911. The track was a huge draw for people who wanted a day in the country and at one time was called, “one of the most attractive half-mile plants in America.”

The stables were the home of Farm and Dairy columnist Janie Jenkins. In 1993, the stables were gifted to the Boardman Township Park by Jenkins.  The stables were recently donated by the Boardman Park’s board to 4-H.

4. Salamanders can enlighten us to the quality of an environment:

According to Ohio State Wildlife Specialist Marne Titchenell, salamanders can often hold clues to a place’s ecology. Because of the salamander’s permeable skin and eggs, they are very susceptible to toxins or changes in their environment.

5. Genetically engineered wheat found in Oregon:

The U.S. Department of Agricultures Animal and Plant Health Inspection Serviced announced May 29 that test results from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) wheat plants.

There are no GE wheat varieties approved for sale or for commercial production in the United States or elsewhere at this time.

About the Author

Will Flannigan is Farm and Dairy's online editor. He grew up in Salem, Ohio, and is new to the agricultural scene. Will enjoys hiking, community theater and learning new things. More Stories by Will Flannigan

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