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My buzz on Honey Bees

I have a lot of folks question me about the status of honey bees. I have one simple answer; we have dragged our feet long enough on this issue. The honey bees must be saved or we face extinction. Simple answer…right?Then there are the folks who ask me the same question, then proceed to tell me the answer. One woman recently reported that the reason honey bees are disappearing is because beekeepers don’t remove the Apivar strips after two weeks, “They leave them on...

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Weekly Market Report for Oct. 1, 2014

Producers Livestock Bucyrus (419) 562-2751 9-25-14Total Headage: 1018Total Hogs 210Total Cattle 598Total Sheep/Lambs 195Goats 15Monday Grain Prices:Cash Corn 2.99 bu / Cash Beans 8.75 bu / New Crop Wheat 4.43 bu—————...

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Farm Bill allows early termination for certain CRP contracts

USDA Morrow County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Angie Thorpe reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015.

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Caledonia Farm Supply closing

Kenneth Comstock, owner of Caledonia Farm Supply, and Steve Comstock, River Valley High School Varsity Basketball Coach, are announcing the closing of the business.“After 41 years of doing business as Caledonia Farm Supply, it’s time to say thank you to all our loyal customers,” he said in a statement. “Although it’s very difficult to make the decision to retire, the time has come. We will honor only previously contracted corn and soybeans this fall. A...

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Weekly Market Report

Producers Livestock Bucyrus (419) 562-2751 9-18-14Total Headage: 857Total Hogs 139Total Cattle 563Total Sheep/Lambs 127Goats 23Monday Grain Prices:Cash Corn 3.03 bu / Cash Beans 8.93 bu / New Crop Wheat 4.38 bu—————...

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Morrow SWCD to hold Agronomy Day

The Morrow & Delaware Soil & Water Conservation Districts, in conjunction with other agencies, is holding an Agronomy Day on September 24,2014 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.This event will be held at Headwaters Outdoor Education Center, 151 Home Road, Mount Gilead. The Workshop fee is $5 per person and lunch is included.On the agenda:Soybean plots: Jeff McCutcheon, OSU Extension and Dan Barker, Morrow SWCDDrones in agriculture: John Barker O...

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USDA Notifies producers on acreage history and yields

Written notifications from USDA are underway to farmers that provide updates on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history.Please cross check the letter from USDA with your farm records. If the information is correct, no further action is needed at this time, but if our letter is incomplete or incorrect, contact our office as soon as possible.Verifying the accuracy of data on a farm’s acreage history is a required early step for enrolling in th...

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Weekly Market Report

Producers Livestock Bucyrus (419) 562-2751 9-11-2014Total Headage: 925Total Hogs 213Total Cattle 576Total Sheep/Lambs 119Goats 17Monday Grain Prices:Cash Corn 3.20 bu / Cash Beans 12.29 bu / New Crop Wheat 4.63 bu—————...

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What will save the Bees is a better understanding of their natural state

I’m feeling hugely frustrated this morning. A handful of charities and a number of passionate individuals have been campaigning to raise awareness of the existence, importance, and decline of honey bees for YEARS. Some of these have crashed and burned in the process because they have lacked the funding and support.Of course it’s absolutely wonderful that so many organizations are now running campaigns to help honey bees and other pollinators, but I do wish it hadn’...

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Weekly Market Report

Producers Livestock Bucyrus (419) 562-2751 9-04-14Total Headage: 983Total Hogs 208Total Cattle 598Total Sheep/Lambs 136Goats 41Monday Grain Prices:Cash Corn 3.25 bu / Cash Beans 12.49 bu / New Crop Wheat 4.95 bu—————...

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Livestock producers urged to enroll in disaster assistance program by Oct. 1

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do...

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Ag Society selects directors

Elected as directors to the Morrow County Agricultural Society in the election held Saturday, August 30, are Charles Lynn, Peru Township; Brandon Strain, Cardington; Brian Adams Perry; Nathan Newson, at-large; Matt Carwell, Canaan and Tim Weiler, at-large.Winning by one vote was the amendment presented by the Ohio Department of Agriculture what would move the director’s election to the first Saturday in November beginning in 2015.

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Weekly Market Report

Producers Livestock Bucyrus (419) 562-2751 8-28-14Total Headage: 7612Total Hogs 123Total Cattle 558Total Sheep/Lambs 74Goats 5HOGS Head 66Market Hogs… Low: $60.00 High: $72.50Light… Low: $50.00 High: $75.00Heavy… Low: $ — High: $65.00Comments: $1.50 lowerSOWS Head 53Light… Low...

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USDA Notifies Producers on Acreage History and Yields

Written notifications from USDA are underway to farmers that provide updates on their current base acres, yields and 2009-2012 planting history.Please cross check the letter from USDA with your farm records. If the information is correct, no further action is needed at this time, but if our letter is incomplete or incorrect, contact our office as soon as possible.Verifying the accuracy of data on a farm’s acreage history is a required early step for enrolling in th...

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