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A grouping of news items from across the state of Pennsylvania dealing with Pennsylvania's Agriculture Industry.



 



Many farmers still need training after Lake Erie algae

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:07:57 EST

" Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have gone through training that soon will be required to put commercial fertilizer on their fields. The first of its kind requirement is one of the steps Ohio has taken to reduce the farm runoff that feeds the algae in the state's lakes and rivers.



Is organic food worth the higher price?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:35:19 EST

Organic food is in such high demand now that even Walmart carries it -- but eating organic isn't cheap, and skeptics wonder if it's worth the extra cost. Organic products cost an average of 47 percent more than conventional ones.



Ohio farmers urged to obtain fertilizer certification...

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:51:51 EST

A strong coalition consisting of the Ohio Department of Agriculture , The Ohio State University and several state agricultural organizations are encouraging farmers to attend training courses for the agricultural fertilizer applicator certification program. Signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich in May 2014, Ohio Senate Bill 150 created a first of its kind certification program for applying commercial fertilizer in Ohio.



How high is too high for a pile of chicken droppings?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:14:13 EST

Agriculture experts are warning farmers to make sure the... . In this Jan. 11, 2017, photo provided by Sherman Hiatt, people work to put out a wildfire triggered when a pile of chicken manure caught fire in a barn as it threatens property near Charleston, Ark.



Some worried flooding could impact agriculture

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:00:09 EST

WEBVTT THE WATER, WIND AND RAIN HASFARMERS AND COMMISSIONERSCONCERNED.THE WATER, THE WIND HAS FARMERSCONCERNED.>> JUST A FEW DAYS AGO YOU'RELOOKING AT VINEYARDS AND ALMONDSAND NOW YOU ARE LOOKING ATPRETTY MUCH A LAKE.MELINDA: JOE VALENTE OF KAUTZFARMS SAYS THE STORM HAS CAUSEDCROPS TO GO UNDER WATER >> WE HAVE BEEN SANDBAGGING FORTHE LAST WEEK OR SO.A COUPLE RANGES ARE COMPLETELYUNDERWATER.IT IS A MATTER OF HOW LONG THEWATER WILL BE THERE.IT'S A LOT OF WATER.MELINDA: VALENTE SAYS WITHVINEYARDS IN WATER THERE ARELESS DAYS LEFT FOR PRUNING THE AG COMMISSIONER SAYS THEREIS CONCERN NOT ONLY ABOUT THERAIN, BUT THE WIND IN THECOUNTY>> ALMOND TREES, BECAUSE THEIRROOTS ARE VERY SHALLOW WITH SATURATED GROUND IN HIGH WINDTHE TREES COULD BE KNOCKED DOWN.WE SEEN SOME SIGNIFICANT GROWERS--WE HAVE SEEN SPECIFIC GROWERSTHAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED.MELINDA: BRUCE BLODGETT WITH THESAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FARM ... (more)



Corn and Soybean Production Up in 2016, USDA Reports Winter Wheat Seedings and Grain Stocks also reported

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 EST

Ample rain and moderate temperatures across the Nation's mid-section led to record-high yield and production for corn and soybeans, both key U.S. crops, in 2016, according to the Crop Production 2016 Summary released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).