Education & Reference

Chicken rules have unintended consequenses

Published Apr. 29, 2010

AP As more states move to ban restrictive livestock cages, the campaign to free egg-laying hens from cramped cages and shift them to pens animal rights advocates call more humane could be poised to unintentionally boost deaths among those birds.

PETA aims circus protest at elementary-school kids

Published Apr. 29, 2010

A protester from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wearing an injured-elephant costume, attracts Montrose Elementary students.

The kids seemed to love it. The Bexley schools superintendent did not.

Wal-Mart announces new beef-safety rules

Published Apr. 29, 2010

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced today that it will implement additional beef safety measures designed to further protect customers against foodborne illnesses. The new process controls standards and goals are additions to a food safety program...

Laying out the facts

Published Sep. 9, 2010

As debate rages over whether laying hens should be kept in cages or allowed to go cage-free, efforts are underway to provide answers as to the true behavioral needs of hens.

Cage-housing tie lacks truths

Published Sep. 10, 2010

As the egg recall related to salmonella-contaminated eggs from two farms spread over the Aug. 21-22 weekend, so did allegations that eggs from big, cage-housing operations are prone to the bacteria.

Nothing is further from the truth...

Robots help do the work on a Wayne County, Ohio dairy

Published Sep. 10, 2010

What is the one chore dairymen dread the most? Well, that depends on which dairyman you ask.

[160x120]_Good_neighbor_1.JPG
Diefendorff, left, is pictured with Matt Boyert, who nominated him for the Neighbor of the Year Award.

Medina County man is the neighbor every farmer wants to have

Published Sep. 10, 2010

Its a horror story often heard within the agricultural community. Land next to a working farm is sold to non-farmers who move in from town and start complaining about the equipment...

Egg farmers: Good managing can help control salmonella

Published Sep. 10, 2010

There is nothing small scale about Pearl Valley Eggs, deep in the heart of Illinois farm country. The egg farm itself, two miles south of the nearest town, is a neat collection of 350-foot- and 450-foot henhouses...

Dairy industry completes fluid milk carbon footprint study

Published Sep. 24, 2010

The U.S. dairy industry has completed a comprehensive study of the carbon footprint associated with the production of a gallon of fluid milk, and the findings validate the results of other studies...

Mom and daughter visit the hen house

Published Sep. 27, 2010

Come take a tour with Patti and Samantha as they push open the barn doors and separate fact from fiction while addressing some of the common misconceptions attached to egg carton labels.