Grains of Knowledge

Ohio Livestock Care Board: Caring for Animals “Ohio Style”

When Ohioans passed Issue 2 by a 64% margin to create the Ohio Livestock Care Board in November 2009, they did a great thing for the state, farmers, agribusiness owners and food safety experts among many others. The legislation allowed for the creation of a 13-person Ohio Livestock Standards Care Board to address animal welfare standards.  The Board will be responsible for poultry and livestock standards and will focus on safety, affordability and availablity of food.  Also included in their focus will be best farm management practices for the well-being of animals.  The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) did not […]

Biogas: The power of manure

Did you know there is a growing trend in using biogas power to fuel farm and agribusiness operations?  Thanks to our friends at The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, we learned more about this newer trend in the U.S. to turn power from manure into fuel! According to the EPA, there are about 140 agricultural biogas operations in the U.S. today compared to only 30 ten years ago.  There is a large potential market for these operations, and there are an estimated 1,000 planned or under construction.  The trend is on the rise as many large and smaller farming and agricultural operations […]

3 Reasons to Use Social Networks in the Farm/Ag Industry

We have all heard the buzz about social media and how tweets and diggs are the new way to market, but why do those in farming and agribusiness need to latch on to social media?  Here are some reasons that may entice you to dabble in the new world of blogs and tweets… 1. Seller marketplace: Consider the plethora of items in the classifieds at and many other online marketplaces that provide instant access to customers around the globe!  For buying, selling and overall marketplace awareness of prices and offerings…worth a look. 2. Troubleshooting equipment issues and concerns: Many […]

Making a Case for Monoslope Barns

The article below from AgWeb / Beef Today share the pros and cons of building monoslope strucures for beef confinement operations. Keeping in mind the winter of 2010, I’d be inclinded to think that this type of structure would be much less susceptible to collapse than traditional facilities. Futhermore, after reading the positives outlined in the article, I was reminded of the flexibility they offer when utilizing curtains for extreme weather conditions. As a side note, it’s always great to hear of situations where farmers, agribusinesses and their neighbors work together like Mr. Haywood and the others in his community!  In this situation, his […]

Proposed transportation rules in PA would affect farmers

 (Source: Flickr)  New transportation rules, if adopted in Pennsylvania, would bring the state in line with the current Federal Motor Carrier Administration's regulations for motor carriers.  (If you'd like to get more information on a specific motor carrier, check out this link to access public records via the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System). To learn more about the proposal, read the story published yesterday in the York Daily Record / York Sunday News entitled "Farmers Confused About New Transportation Regulations".