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Swine virus will impact production, prices in 2014; strict bio-security essential

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even though it was found for the first time in the U.S. just a year ago in April, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has caused important losses in swineherds across the country and is expected to impact the availability of pork products and prices in 2014, according to swine experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Despite efforts to combat the disease, PEDv has spread rapidly to 27 stat...

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CCD: Curse or Crisis?

How can the honey bee perform such feats of democracy by using highly complicated dances to guide them to nectar and pollen? The more we learn about them, the more mysteries and riddles surface. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said: “Nature is an open mystery.” Yes, we see a tree or an animal, we name them and know something about them, but we know little about their relationship to the earth.

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USDA sets date for soybean request for referendum

USDA will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act).Soybean producers who are interested in having a referendum to determine whether to continue the Soybean Checkoff Program are invited to participate. To be eligible to participate, producers must certify and provide documentation that shows that they produced soybeans an...

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Changes in FSA loans announced

Guaranteed Loan EligibilityChanges to FSA regulations have removed Guaranteed Operating term limits. Previous and current guaranteed loan borrowers who were not eligible for further guaranteed loans due to the previous 15 year eligibility term limit may now be eligible for further guaranteed loans through their commercial lender.

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Honeybees: what we’re doing

The Honeybee Conservancy was founded in the certainty that there can be a better future for honeybees. At this time, with Colony Collapse Disorder and a host of illnesses, mites and beetles undermining the bees’ health and endangering their survival, we have to think of them as patients in the emergency room – and we must start by asking the right questions. Instead of focusing on how much honey we can get from the bees we must ask what can be done to protect, strengthen and heal ...

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Morrow County FSA has new fax number

The Morrow County FSA recently changed the way it will be sending and receiving faxes. The county office has changed to a Fax2Mail system, which is expected to reduce costs. Faxes will be sent and received from our email system and will be sent from RA.SA.OHMTGefax7824@oh.usda.gov. The new toll free fax number for the office is 1-855-840-7824. Please update your records and begin using this new number immediately.

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10 Things you can do to help the honey bees

With the event of spring looming, there’s much you can do to help the bees this year.1. Plant organic and bee friendly flowers and herbs. A few great selections would be: Alyssum, Aster, Bee Balm, Geranium, Lavender, Phlox, and Sedum. For herbs; Borage, Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.2. Weeds can be a good thing; clover and dandelions…live and let live. A great crabgrass control is corn gluten meal. Apply as a pre-emergence before your lawn gets going. Ask...

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Fish fingerlings orders due April 3

The Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District is now offering new and established pond owners the opportunity to stock their ponds with fish more conveniently and at a low cost.Fish fingerlings available for purchase include: Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Fathead Minnows, Yellow Perch, Redear Shellcracker, Black Crappie, and White Amur.Anyone considering stocking their ponds in the near future should take advantage of this opportunity. Fish orders will be...

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Tree program underway through Morrow SWCD

Each year the Morrow SWCD sponsors a tree packet program as a service to the people of Morrow County. It provides landowners the opportunity to obtain tree seedlings at nominal prices.The packets being offered include a White Pine Packet with 10 seedlings; an Austrian Pine Packet with 10 seedlings; a Blue Spruce Packet with 10 seedlings; a Frasier Fir Packet with 10 seedlings; an American Arborvitae Packet with 10 seedlings; a Black Walnut Packet with 5 seedlings; a Sugar Maple Pac...

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Market Report for March 26, 2014

This is this week’s Market Report from United Producers in Bucyrus, Ohio from their March 20 auction.

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Can $3M Improve honeybee health?

A drop in the bucket I say. On February 25, 2014, the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health and will be targeted in five mid-western states; Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisc...

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County Committee Advisors appoint Webb

The Morrow County FSA County Committee (COC) has just named Donna Webb of Cardington as COC Advisor. Advisors play an important role by providing diverse viewpoints and by representing the interests of minorities and women in decisions made by county committees. County committee members and their county executive directors, reach out to producer groups who are under-represented on county committees to find the right person to serve as Advisor.

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