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Livestock haulers granted 1-year exemption PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:20
The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted to truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry a one-year exemption from an hours-of-service rule that took effect last July 1. The National Pork Producers Council, on behalf of a coalition of livestock and poultry organizations, requested the exemption.
The regulation requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break after eight hours of service. For drivers transporting livestock and poultry, the hours of service included loading and unloading animals.
"This is an important development for the food-animal industry, particularly the pork industry" said NPPC President Howard Hill, a veterinarian and pork producer from Cambridge, Iowa. "Pigs don't sweat, so we can't have them sitting on a truck for 30 minutes in the height of summer.
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County committee nomination period begins Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:20
WASHINGTON - The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Sunday.
"County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "I hope that every eligible farmer and rancher will participate in this year's county committee elections. We've seen an increase in the number of nominations of women and minority candidates, and I hope that trend continues."
To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where the person is nominated.
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Tractor Supply raises funds for 4-H PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:18
BRENTWOOD, Tenn.  - Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, recently announced the record-breaking fund-raising results of its spring 2014 Paper Clover Campaign.
Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States, raised an astounding $787,769 during the 12-day national in-store fundraiser, breaking the record for most monetary donations during the four-year collaboration. Tractor Supply has raised almost $4 million for 4-H programs across the country through Paper Clover Campaigns in just four years.
Shoppers at Tractor Supply Company and Del's Feed and Food Supply stores had the opportunity to purchase paper clovers between April 23 - May 4 for a $1 or more during checkout. Seventy percent of the funds raised benefit state and local 4-H youth development program activities, such as local camps and after-school programs, and granted scholarships for 4-H youth in the communities where Tractor Supply and Del's stores are located. Thirty percent of the total funds are donated to National 4-H Council to help connect more young people across America to high-quality 4-H youth development programs.
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Help with honeybees offered PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:20
COLUMBUS - Ohio farmers rely on bees to pollinate more than 70 crops, but 50 to 80 percent of the honeybees raised by Ohio's registered beekeepers died last winter. Researchers suggest a number of reasons for this phenomenon, including the loss of the flowering habitat bees need to strengthen and grow their colonies.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency responsible for helping landowners protect their farms and forests, now has a program to increase honeybee habitat. Called the Honeybee Pollinator Environmental Quality Incentives Program, this program will allow NRCS to design honeybee friendly habitat with landowners, plus help them cover some of the cost of creating it.
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Farm Briefs: 06-10-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 08:18
Arbor to meet on Saturday
Portage Center Arbor  #524 will be meeting Saturday at Wood County Sheriff Dept. 1960 East Gypsy Lane  at 6 p.m.  This is the summer potluck. A small meeting will follow the potluck. The public is invited to attend.
 
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