Buckeye Farm News
Hardin Wind Energy
A previous issue of Buckeye Farm News mentioned that a wind farm in Hardin County had installed devices to detect bats. How does this system work? The Hardin Wind Farm conducted acoustic bat surveys from March to November of 2009. The objective was to estimate the seasonal and spatial use of the wind farm by bats. Two microphones were placed at each of three fixed meteorological towers to transmit ultrasonic sounds to recording devices at the base of the towers, which were analyzed for the presence of bats. The microphones were used only during specific study periods and may not be permanently installed on the towers.
One clarification to the story: Hardin Wind Farm will interconnect with transmission lines owned by American Electric Power, but the power will not necessarily be sold to AEP. Any number of companies may purchase the power.
A story in our last issue discussed how wild hogs damage crops and threaten domestic swine. USDA Wildlife Services can help property owners set traps for wild hogs, but do not keep carcasses. For assistance with feral swine, call 866-4-USDA-WS.
Children’s Literature Award
Mini Milk Maids on the Mooove has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Children’s Literature Award. The book highlights the experiences of 5-year-old twin sisters in the dairy industry. The book is available for purchase through county Farm Bureau offices. OFBF is also offering a bundle of four children’s books for $25 (plus shipping and handling) that can be ordered from county Farm Bureaus. For more information visit http://tinyurl.com/ofbfbooks.
Figured Up: 7 out of 10
The number of Americans who wrongly believe the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an umbrella group for local humane societies, according to a new public opinion poll. Nearly 6 out of 10 believe that HSUS gives most of its money to organizations that care for dogs and cats. According to one analysis of HSUS tax returns, the group gave less than one-half of 1 percent of its $100 million budget to organizations that care for dogs and cats.
“We sincerely regret any actions that led to the misperception of our support of this organization.”
– Pilot Travel Centers apologizing for a well-intentioned partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. The company cut all ties with HSUS and reaffirmed its support of American agriculture after farmers protested the fundraising partnership through Facebook and Twitter.
Several states are following Ohio’s lead to stop animal rights activists from forcing restrictions on livestock farmers. Here’s a look at legislation that was pending in recent weeks.
Kentucky – Establishes a 14-member Kentucky Livestock Care Commission to set standards for livestock care and pre-empts a local government from ruling on livestock care standards at the county level.
Indiana – States that the Board of Animal Health has the sole authority to regulate standards of livestock care.
Idaho – Establishes a 13-member Idaho Livestock Care Standards Board.