Livestock

Zientek enjoys the variety that comes with overseeing sows for Kalmbach

By Kyle Sharp When Ben Zientek heads off to work each day, it’s always a mystery what exactly his day will entail. As sow production supervisor for Kalmbach Swine Management, he oversees 80 team members, nine sow units and nearly 22,000 sows, mostly in central Ohio. So while some days he may be at his [...]

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Ohio Beef Expo Kicks Off March 18

March 18 marks the first day of the 24th Ohio Beef Expo. The three day event takes place March 18 – 20 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, and is the premier event of Ohio’s Beef Industry. This year’s schedule includes breed sales, shows, educational seminars, trade show and a highly competitive junior show. [...]

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Extension to apply for 2010 purchased feed benefits

Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Steve Maurer announced that an extension has been granted to apply for eligible purchased feed benefits due to certain adverse weather conditions that occurred during 2010. Producers now have until March 1, 2011 to complete a payment application and/or file a notice of loss due to eligible [...]

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Educational meetings for Beef producers set for February and March

As a service to its membership, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) in part with the OCA Allied Industry Council is holding a series of district meetings located across Ohio during the months of February and March. Anyone with an interest in the cattle industry is invited and encouraged to attend. The meetings will begin between [...]

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Watch that water flow and keep nutrients in the fields

By Justin Petrosino, Darke Ag and Natural Resources Extension educator The other day I noticed here in the office a little drip of water coming from the ceiling. The cause was ice thawing on the flat roof. Water melting from underneath that frozen layer of snow and ice was percolating its way into my office. [...]

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OPPC Names Overholt as Director of Communications

Margo Overholt was named the Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) Director of Communications. She will be responsible for managing producer communication initiatives to increase awareness and understanding of pork-related programs throughout Ohio. “I look forward to Margo joining the OPPC team to tell about all the great contributions the pork producers of Ohio are making,” [...]

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Managing manure for profit

A workshop next month in western Ohio aims to clean up Grand Lake St. Marys — and in doing it, give farmers a new source of income. “Turning Manure into Ca$h” features new technologies for turning livestock waste into sellable fuel, fertilizers and bioresins. It’s on March 8 in Maria Stein, about 10 miles south [...]

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Composting livestock the topic of a workshop

What do you do with a dead cow the size of a Smart Car? A dead pig as big as a washing machine? More and more, the answer is composting — it saves farmers money, protects the environment and returns animals slowly to the earth — and two programs next month will feature it. Livestock [...]

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Former ag secretaries urge approval of trade deal

The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), which is strongly supported by an ad hoc coalition of U.S. companies and agricultural and food organizations, received a bipartisan endorsement from eight former secretaries of Agriculture. In a letter to members of Congress, Bob Bergland, John Block, Mike Espy, Dan Glickman, Mike Johanns, John Knebel, Ed Schafer [...]

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