Author Archives: AJ Taylor


U.S. Organic Industry Praises U.S.-Korea Partnership in Organic Trade

U.S. Organic Industry Praises U.S.-Korea Partnership in Organic Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the United States and the Republic of Korea formed a partnership that will recognize the two countries’ organic programs as equivalent for processed organic products and streamline access to each other’s markets. According to U.S. industry estimates, the United States exported approximately $35 million of processed organic products

Historic Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers Funds to assist with Organic Certification Costs

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. “Consumer demand for organic products is surging across the country,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “To meet this demand, we


Mosquito Issues on the Decline

With the reduction in the number of rainy days comes the reduction in mosquitos in the area. The problem has been steadily on the decline over the last few weeks thanks in large part to the number of flooded areas slowly disappearing, forcing the bugs to have to look for new breeding grounds. The city of

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USDA Announces Results of Soybean Request for Referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that it will not conduct a continuance referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order, based on the results of a recent soybean Request for Referendum. The Request for Referendum was held from May 5 through May 30, 2014, at USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices. The


Hancock County Fair Opens With a Brunch Today

It is Farm Bureau Day today at the Hancock County Fair. The days events open with a Sunday Brunch at the Home Ec Building following the 4-H/FFA Horse and Pony Judging along with a Halter and Performance in the Horse Arena. The cost of the brunch is $6, but children 4 years od and younger

4-H Has A Better Location to Serve Food at the Fair

Last year the 4-H had a difficult time obtaining running water in their food stand at the Hancock County Fair. This year, that has all changed. The fair has moved  the group to a new location close to the show ring. As a consequence, they are more in the public eye and they have better


Hancock County Fair Afternoon Events Today

The Hancock County Fair will be very busy today with several interesting events to attend. Beginning at 12pm the Commercial Building opens as does the Hancock County Conservation Department demonstration trailer. the trailer will have all kinds of interesting displays to explore. Juggler Dan Kirk who has appeared on America’s Got Talent will perform on


Lobby For Highways and Win a Harley (Audio)

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers are coming out to the Hancock County Fair today in support of getting money put into the National Highway Fund and they want your support. They are obtaining it in a very unusual way. Jordanne True of the group explains: The purpose for the giveaway stems from a highway trust