Wheat breeder, Borlaug protege, receives World Food Prize

In a ceremony this week in Des Moines, the 2014 World Food Prize was presented to Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram for his scientific research that led to a significant increase in world wheat production.  He is credited with breeding 480 wheat varieties used in more than 50 countries. The 71-year-old Rajaram, who grew up in India,… Read more »

Ohio Beef Ambassador applications due

The Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlewomen are encouraging youth ages 16-19 interested in the beef industry to apply for the Ohio Beef Ambassador program. Beginning its third year, Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association says the Ohio Beef Ambassador program is already making a difference, having Sierra Jepsen and Demi Snider… Read more »

Kansas cellulosic ethanol plant holds grand opening

Another cellulosic ethanol plant is officially open. Abengoa held a grand opening today (Friday) for its new cellulosic plant in Hugoton, Kansas.  The plant, which is located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City, began production in late September. At full operation, the Abengoa plant will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually and… Read more »

Spicy Lamb Farm to host sheep dog trials

The Cuyahoga Valley Sheep Dog Trials will be held this weekend at the Spicy Lamb Farm in Peninsula. “We have handlers coming from all around the region, competing in open, ranch and pro-novice classes” said Laura DeYoung with Spicy Lamb Farm. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. both Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19…. Read more »

Japanese Trade Team learns about Indiana ag

A Japanese Trade Team made a stop in Indiana on their way to Seattle for the 2014 Export Exchange.  This morning, the group met with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney. The Lt. Governor says these trade missions help to strengthen and nurture the relationships with some of… Read more »

Eberts to host 2017 WFTD

It is official: The Ebert Enterprises of Algoma has been selected to host the 2017 Wisconsin Farm Technology Day in Kewaunee County.  Owned by the Randy and Renee Ebert family, Ebert Enterprises has grown to a 2,900-cow dairy farm, cropping nearly 6,000 acres of corn, alfalfa, sorghum, triticale and small grains.  The farm has 40… Read more »

Ohio Cattlemen sign letter to Vilsack

  The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) has joined State Beef Association’s from across the country, sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack opposing a second national beef checkoff. Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director of the OCA compares the Secretary’s proposal to the EPA’s Water’s of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. “It’s another example of government over-reach if you… Read more »

BEST program offers novice sponsorship

First and second year participants in the Ohio Cattlemen’s BEST program have until Wednesday, October 15, to submit a 200 word essay explaining why they should receive a Novice sponsorship. “That’s a $105 dollar value that we will be awarding to up to 50 first or second year BEST novice participants,” said Stephanie Sindel with… Read more »

Democratic senators want RFS levels restored

Two Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to reverse its proposed cuts to the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts are the latest to weigh in on the proposal, which has been under review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.  The… Read more »

OCA to hold industry update meetings

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association will host Beef Industry Update meetings this fall and winter. Stephanie Sindel, director of member services for the OCA says the update meetings will cover several topics. “For example, in Columbiana County we’ll be going over some carcass awards from their Jr. Fair and then we’re also going to touch on… Read more »