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Reunion in China helps highlight little known Ohio agricultural training efforts

Here’s one of Ohio’s best kept secrets: For the past 20 years, Dr. Mike Chrisman of The Ohio State University and his Chinese-American colleague, Zhang Yining, have managed an advanced agricultural training program in the U.S. for students from around the world. So far, more than 12,000 have completed this internship experience. Even some of [...]

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#HamsAcrossAmerica

The Pork Checkoff is encouraging pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham —  in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products. [...]

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Large pork supply being addressed by checkoff efforts

America’s pig farmers will produce a record-breaking number of market hogs this year, resulting in ample supplies of pork hitting grocery stores and restaurants. It is anticipated that this high level of production will continue well into 2017. “The U.S. economy is growing, and that is good for meat demand,” said Len Steiner, a pork [...]

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Milk and nutrition

The erosion of milk’s reputation as a healthy food choice is the biggest issue facing the nation’s dairy industry, said the new dairy chair for The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “We could survive longer on milk without food, without water, without pizza, than you can survive on anything else,” [...]

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Holidays are a busy time for turkey farmers

The holiday season ensures a busy time of year for turkey farmers and 2016 has been no exception. Bowman and Landes Turkeys of New Carlisle  have been specializing in free-range gourmet turkeys since 1948 and the tradition continues today. “In our business, we have a lot of focus on the whole turkey market for Thanksgiving and [...]

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Beef Industry Update meeting Dec. 1

A Beef Industry Update meeting provided by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will take place in Leetonia. Beef producers from Columbia, Mahoning, Trumbull and surrounding counties are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion – 540 Main Street – Leetonia, OH 44431. A complimentary dinner will [...]

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A loss for agriculture on Election Day

When an election season includes a vote for President, the issues that are further down the ballot rarely get any attention. That is the case for a ballot initiative, “Question 3”, proposed in Massachusetts that will make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals that have been confined to crates or cages [...]

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Black vulture causing more problems in Ohio

The turkey vulture has long been a common (if not always pleasant) sight throughout Ohio’s rural landscape, but in more recent years its nastier, more brazen cousin has been showing up in the state. Black vultures — like turkey vultures — are scavengers that feast on carrion, providing a valuable service. Black vultures, though, are [...]

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OCA members to offer over 100 consignments in Replacement Female Sale

Several members of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will sell over 100 consignments in the OCA Replacement Female Sale on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company facility in Zanesville, Ohio. Consignments include approximately 20 mature cows, less than five years of age, and approximately 90 bred heifers. Breeds [...]

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September results show strong third quarter for red meat exports

September was another solid month for U.S. red meat exports, with pork, beef and lamb totals well above year-ago levels, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). September beef export volume was 101,224 metric tons (mt) — down slightly from August, but 27% above last September. Third-quarter [...]

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