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HSUS’s Wasteful Spending Puts Them on Charity Watchdog List

Wasteful Humane Society of the United States Earns a Spot on Charity Watchdogs’ “Naughty” Lists
New Report Concludes 50 Cents of Every Dollar Donated to HSUS is Swallowed Up by “Overhead” Expenses


Washington, DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) pointed to the 2010 “Watchdog Report” from Animal People News, which determined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spends 50 cents of every donated dollar on continued fundraising and additional overhead costs. HSUS has a holiday fundraising goal of $1.2 million, of which a staggering $600,000 will likely go to raise more money, pay lobbyists, and fund HSUS’s $11 million pension plan. HSUS’s skewed spending priorities leave countless shelters without funds in today’s tough economy.

Animal People News, the well-regarded newspaper of the animal rights movement, studied HSUS’s 2009 federal income tax return and determined that 50% of HSUS costs were “overhead,” not 29% as HSUS claims.  
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HSUS's Wasteful Spending Puts Them on Charity Watchdog List

Wasteful Humane Society of the United States Earns a Spot on Charity Watchdogs’ “Naughty” Lists
New Report Concludes 50 Cents of Every Dollar Donated to HSUS is Swallowed Up by “Overhead” Expenses


Washington, DC – Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) pointed to the 2010 “Watchdog Report” from Animal People News, which determined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spends 50 cents of every donated dollar on continued fundraising and additional overhead costs. HSUS has a holiday fundraising goal of $1.2 million, of which a staggering $600,000 will likely go to raise more money, pay lobbyists, and fund HSUS’s $11 million pension plan. HSUS’s skewed spending priorities leave countless shelters without funds in today’s tough economy.

Animal People News, the well-regarded newspaper of the animal rights movement, studied HSUS’s 2009 federal income tax return and determined that 50% of HSUS costs were “overhead,” not 29% as HSUS claims.  
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Ohio Ag Net Expands & Adds Staff

The Agri Broadcasting Network, better known as ABN by listeners who have tuned in for farm news since Ed Johnson founded the network in 1972, ended operations in early December.

ABN was purchased by Clear Channel in 2001, and in 2007 was sold to AdVance Broadcast & Communication owned by Lindsay Hill and Andy Vance. Also in 2007, Johnson’s son, Bart Johnson, teamed up with veteran farm broadcaster Dale Minyo to launch the Ohio Ag Net.

Due to the closing of ABN Radio (Buckeye Ag Radio Network) the Ohio Ag Net is expanding farm programming on many stations throughout Ohio by adding afternoon programming. To help with the effort, Kirby Hidy of Washington Court House and Ty Higgins of Powell have joined the Ohio Ag Net.

“We are very pleased to add a tremendous amount of farm radio and communications experience to our staff with these two men,” said Bart Johnson, who is also the publisher of Ohio’s Country Journal.… Continue reading

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Ohio Ag Net Expands & Adds Staff

The Agri Broadcasting Network, better known as ABN by listeners who have tuned in for farm news since Ed Johnson founded the network in 1972, ended operations in early December.

ABN was purchased by Clear Channel in 2001, and in 2007 was sold to AdVance Broadcast & Communication owned by Lindsay Hill and Andy Vance. Also in 2007, Johnson’s son, Bart Johnson, teamed up with veteran farm broadcaster Dale Minyo to launch the Ohio Ag Net.

Due to the closing of ABN Radio (Buckeye Ag Radio Network) the Ohio Ag Net is expanding farm programming on many stations throughout Ohio by adding afternoon programming. To help with the effort, Kirby Hidy of Washington Court House and Ty Higgins of Powell have joined the Ohio Ag Net.

“We are very pleased to add a tremendous amount of farm radio and communications experience to our staff with these two men,” said Bart Johnson, who is also the publisher of Ohio’s Country Journal.… Continue reading

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Ohio hosts 2011 National Christmas Tree Association Convention

By Matt Reese

The Ohio Christmas Tree Association is preparing for a big year in 2011. In the 50th year of the organization, just after the 500th anniversary of the first decorated Christmas tree, Ohio will be hosting the National Christmas Tree Association Convention in 2011. Ohio ranks ninth in total Christmas tree production and eighth in the number of Christmas tree farms the nation, yet has never hosted the national event.

“We want to show the nation’s Christmas tree farmers the high quality of Christmas tree farms in this state and we also want to showcase Ohio,” said Dave Reese, Ohio Christmas Tree Association president. “Ohio has a lot of great things to offer and we have the opportunity to show that to Christmas tree growers from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.”

The convention will be held at the beautiful Sawmill Creek Resort on the shores of Lake Erie in Sandusky.… Continue reading

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USDA report shows tight supplies of corn and soybeans

The Agriculture Department’s December crop report shows continued tight supplies of corn, cotton and soybeans that will help drive planting decisions next year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“Grain stocks weren’t reduced as much as we had expected, with USDA only making minor adjustments to the corn, wheat and soybean balance sheets,” said John Anderson, AFBF economist. “USDA did, however, lower its cotton stocks forecast to 1.9 million bales, compared to 2.2 million bales in last month’s report. That’s a drop of 300,000 bales in ending stocks, which is a significant drop given how low stocks already were.”

The USDA report indicates supplies of the three crops will be tight going into the new year. That points to strong demand, higher prices and an increase in corn, cotton and soybean plantings in 2011, according to the AFBF economist.

Anderson said that USDA’s minimal change to the corn stocks forecast was a surprising point from the December report.… Continue reading

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Corn ending stocks are raised as imports increase

U.S. feed grain supplies for 2010/11 are virtually unchanged as a small increase in corn imports is offset by a reduction in barley imports both reflecting feed grain production changes for Canada this month. U.S. corn imports are raised 5 million bushels with record production reported for Canada. U.S. corn ending stocks are raised accordingly. Barley imports are lowered 5 million bushels with lower production in Canada and the slow pace of imports to date. U.S. barley food, seed, and industrial use is lowered the same amount as domestic beer consumption remains weak slowing demand for malting barley. The projected marketing-year average price received by U.S. corn producers is unchanged this month at $4.80 to $5.60 per bushel. Farm prices for barley and oats are both projected slightly lower based on prices received by producers to date.

Global coarse grain production for 2010/11 is increased 3.4 million tons with corn production up 2.2 million tons, barley production up 0.6 million tons, and oats production up 0.4 million tons.… Continue reading

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The Dull Homestead recently constructed a seed corn conditioning facility

Dull Homestead Inc. recently constructed a new seed corn conditioning facility. The Dull family of Brookville, Oh., produces, processes and packages seed corn for Seed Consultants, Inc.

The new facility allows the Dulls to double their processing and handling capacity from 200 bushels per hour to 450 bushels per hour for a total of 100,000 units a season. A unit is 80,000 kernels. Mike Dull, seed corn production manager, says the facility will also enable the family to process seed earlier, by calendar year end.

The first seed plant, built in 1995, was quickly outgrown. To make room for expansion, the Dull family tore down the previous 75 X 60 foot building, located on one floor, and erected a three and four level facility in the same footprint. The seed is moved carefully with a series of slow speed universal legs and belt conveyors. “We’ve always been careful about making sure the seed is handled gently.… Continue reading

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Limited forage supply adds to beef feeding woes

Heavy spring rains and late summer drought were the perfect storm for the forage issues that now plague beef producers.

Forages are in short supply in some areas and of low quality in others, leaving beef producers to deal with the high prices of alternative feeds to meet the energy and protein needs of their herds, said Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef specialist.

“We’re getting a number of calls from producers who are asking questions about a short forage supply, either because they had to start feeding hay earlier than normal, or because they didn’t get a second or third cutting in during the growing season,” Lemenager said. “Some producers have a carryover of hay from the previous year, but that hay is more weathered and lower quality.”

Many of the producers who started to feed hay early had to do so because the drought wreaked havoc on the pastures where cows were grazing.… Continue reading

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Ohio Camp Muskingum receives a FCS grant

Todd Davis knows a lot about the history of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. He should —after all, he’s been its director for 15 years, and before that he grew up there during the 28 years his dad (John) was the director.

“Dad farmed part-time, and during his tenure the camp evolved from a summer-only to a year-around program,” said Davis, who earned his degree in ag education from Ohio State University. “When Dad retired and the board decided to go to a full-time director, I jumped at the opportunity to come back to the camp and the hills of Carroll County. I just love it here.”

Davis stated that Camp Muskingum, which is nestled on beautiful Leesville Lake in northeast Ohio, was originally built during the Great Depression by FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps to teach young men vocational skills like welding, carpentry, or plumbing. The camp was later purchased by the Ohio FFA, and since then facilities and programming have both advanced steadily.… Continue reading

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Extensive testing yields consistent products

Seed Consultant Inc. (SCI) planted 90,000 replicated yield plots during the 2010 growing season, including 56 different locations for corn, 40 for soybeans and 11 for wheat throughout the Eastern Corn Belt.

The extensive testing program helps growers select the best genetics for the East’s unique environment — cooler, wetter soils and higher disease pressure.

“By planting a large number of plots we can position the hybrid or variety best suited for the farmers’ particular soils,” said Chris Jeffries, SCI president. “Some companies may have more total rows, but we have more locations. The key is selecting for our customer base.”

SCI customers Aaron Freyenberger and his dad, Keith, depend on SCI’s research to select seed for their northwest Indiana farm.

“It’s local. I can find the best varieties for my soil types,” Aaron said.

The soil types the Freyenbergers farm near Kouts range from clay hills to sand.

In 2010 the Freyenbergers planted SC 1107(non-GMO) on the clay hills.… Continue reading

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To store or not to store

Farmers trying to decide whether to sell the crop they harvested this fall or continue to store it have a big question to answer: Will storing the crop lead to greater profits later?

Although that is a matter of speculation, the returns on crop storage are lower than normal this year, according to Corinne Alexander, associate professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

“Buyers are saying, through price signals, that they are willing to pay a lot more right now because they need the grain,” Alexander said. “The market isn’t paying a lot to store, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. There’s no easy rule of thumb.”

Alexander recommends that farmers who choose to store their crop avoid putting it into commercial storage, which is less profitable than storing it on the farm.

The increase in crop prices primarily is the result of lower yields for different crops around the world.… Continue reading

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Monsanto's Growing Strong Communities Deadline is Approaching

Want to give back to your community this Holiday Season? You’ve got less than a month to win $2,500 for your town through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program!

The program, which is presented by the Monsanto Fund, gives eligible farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization. The registration deadline is December 31, 2010.
It only takes a couple of minutes to register. Call 1-877-267-3332 or visit www.growcommunities.com.

Apply now and the Monsanto Fund will donate $1 to the local United Way to help food pantries, Meals On Wheels and other non-profit organizations fight hunger in your county. … Continue reading

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Monsanto’s Growing Strong Communities Deadline is Approaching

Want to give back to your community this Holiday Season? You’ve got less than a month to win $2,500 for your town through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program!

The program, which is presented by the Monsanto Fund, gives eligible farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization. The registration deadline is December 31, 2010.
It only takes a couple of minutes to register. Call 1-877-267-3332 or visit www.growcommunities.com.

Apply now and the Monsanto Fund will donate $1 to the local United Way to help food pantries, Meals On Wheels and other non-profit organizations fight hunger in your county. … Continue reading

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OFBF urges Ohio to call for an end to the death tax

The White House announced “a framework for a bipartisan agreement” Monday night over the impending expiration of the Bush tax cuts that includes Farm Bureau supported Estate Tax Relief of a $5 Million exemption and a 35% tax rate.

Your phone calls and e-mails to Congress are critical in making sure that the $5 million exemption and 35 percent top rate are included in the final agreement for all farmers and ranchers in order for this to become law!  Time is running short for Congress to act, and House and Senate Democrats, especially Progressives, have not yet announced support for the agreement.

Contact your members of Congress today using Farm Bureau’s On-line Legislative Action Center.

The future of American agriculture depends on the Estate Tax exemption, and whether or not farmers can afford to stay on the land they farm and can afford to purchase the land they need!  Because Estate Taxes influence the sale of land, this tax can interfere with the orderly transfer of farmland to the next generation of farmers and ranchers.… Continue reading

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Nanoparticle gives antimicrobial ability to fight Listeria longer

A Purdue University research team developed a nanoparticle that can hold and release an antimicrobial agent as needed for extending the shelf life of foods susceptible to Listeria monocytogenes.

Yuan Yao, an assistant professor of food science, altered the surface of a carbohydrate found in sweet corn called phytoglycogen, which led to the creation of several forms of a nanoparticle that could attract and stabilize nisin, a food-based antimicrobial peptide. The nanoparticle can then preserve nisin for up to three weeks, combating Listeria, a potentially lethal foodborne pathogen found in meats, dairy and vegetables that is especially troublesome for pregnant women, infants, older people and others with weakened immune systems.

Controlling Listeria at deli counters, for example, is especially problematic because meat is continually being opened, cut and stored, giving Listeria many chances to contaminate the food. Nisin alone is only effective at inhibiting Listeria for a short period – possibly only a few days – in many foods.… Continue reading

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National Ag Day Essay Contest announces Feb. 4 deadline

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer.” and the deadline is Feb. 4, 2011. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation.

The theme, “American Agriculture: Your Food. Your Farmer,” presents an opportunity for students to address how the agriculture industry continues to feed a growing population. Entrants may choose to either write an essay or create a video that acknowledges the many ways today’s growers are providing a safe, stable food supply and sustaining the significant role agriculture plays in everyday life.

“CHS believes in the mission of Ag Day,” said Linda Tank, vice president, marketing and communications, CHS Inc. “The company is proud to help support the 2011 essay and video contest for students. Today’s youth are vibrant and resourceful.… Continue reading

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Dry soil conditions and the reliability of soil tests

By Robert Mullen, Ohio State University Extension

Some producers may be a little concerned with their lower soil test potassium levels measured this past fall. So what happened to cause these levels to be lower than expected?

As most of you noticed, late summer and early fall was quite dry across much of the state. While this was good for harvest and caused fields to be open longer than normal, it was not ideal for collecting soil samples. In some areas, it may have even been difficult to collect soil samples to the appropriate depth, and where soil samples were collected the information found in soil test reports did not match expectations based upon historical soil test information.

When we talk about soil testing, we often express concerns regarding conditions at the time of sampling. Samples collect when soils are too wet or too dry can alter soil test values. This is especially true for soil test potassium and pH.… Continue reading

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Year in review

By Ryan McAllister, CCA, Team Sales Agronomist, Beck’s Hybrids

This is the first year that I can remember that the weather pattern was pretty much the same for everyone…planting window in April with above normal temperatures and soil conditions followed by one month of rain with planting resuming towards the end of May, first of June. There were a few exceptions to this, but the vast majority in our eastern marketing area experienced this weather pattern. So, what contributed most to final yield? Two answers: planting date and nitrogen.

Keep this in mind as your Beck’s Area Dealer and or District Sales Manager or District Sales Associate comes around to finalize your orders. It is easy to blame the hybrid for a lack of performance or give the hybrid all the credit when it performs better than expected.

Here are a couple of agronomic topics to discuss with seed dealer when finalizing orders, or anytime this winter.… Continue reading

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OSU Extension offers new farm finance workshop for women

An intensive farm finance workshop for women will be offered by Ohio State University Extension in Knox, Ross, Wood and Erie counties in early 2011.

The “Farm Finance for Women” workshop addresses cash flow, balance sheet and income statement development, Quicken basics for farm recordkeeping, and benchmarking. The goals of the workshop are to help participants:

Become more aware of resources available to assist farmers with financial analysis and recordkeeping.

Gain a better understanding of their farm business’s financial position, increasing their ability to assist in making educated management decisions.

Use recordkeeping as a resource for their whole farm decision-making process instead of solely for tax purposes.

Increase their knowledge of using Quicken to organize farm records.

Prepare and analyze balance sheets.

Improve their recordkeeping system.

“This workshop is designed to be a ‘next step’ for women who have participated in Annie’s Project,” a risk-management program for farm women, said Julia Woodruff, OSU Extension educator and co-coordinator of the workshops.… Continue reading

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