Stories by Brian Lisik

Vilsack abandons beef checkoff plan

Friday, December 19, 2014

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack withdrew his proposal to create a second beef checkoff program Dec. 19.

Wreaths Across America: Honoring our nation’s veterans close to home

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Volunteers with OSU Extension Master Gardeners participated in Wreaths Across America, which places wreaths on veterans’ graves.

House blasts beef checkoff proposal

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A month’s worth of online public comments on USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s proposed implementation of a second beef checkoff program closed Dec. 10, three days before House and Senate passage of 2015 funding legislation. But that didn’t stop legislators from weighing in on the matter.

The personal farmer: Hawk Meats turns farm market model on its ear

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Promoting the quality of a farm’s product, according to Sam Hawk, is every bit as important as the day-to-day production work. Hawk has no problem discussing his passion for farming.

Farmers urge Congress to reinstate tax break on equipment purchases

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

An upcoming Congressional decision on one of 55 expired tax provisions could have impact the next generation of family farms, according to Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.

Homegrown By Heroes: Growing support for veteran farmers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When Dawn and Lee Lichtenwalner left Las Vegas in 2008 to take up permanent residence at their 11-acre Leetonia, Ohio, vacation property, turning it into a full-time farming operation was not part of the plan. Earlier this month, their Dandelion Lane Farm became the first in Ohio recognized by the national Homegrown by Heroes program.

This machine is not a toy: Few farm injuries from ATVs but rider safety is still key

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two Pennsylvania residents were charged with felony child endangerment Nov. 4 following the death of a 4-year-old girl in an Oct. 27 ATV crash. Cases such as these have made ATV rider safety a hot-button issue among safety professionals, legislators and advocacy groups.

Farmers: Get familiar with new big data agreement

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A data privacy agreement reached by six major farm organizations and six agriculture technology providers is expected to become industry standard language regarding data gathered on farming operations.

Will Ohio have CAUV changes by 2016?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is pushing for changes to the CAUV formula that ‘can be accomplished through administrative action and will not require legislation.’

Law serves notice on natural gas developers

Friday, November 7, 2014

A new law in Pennsylvania gives the property owner more control over future use of the land when a gas lease expires.

Winning farmers’ hearing loss battle

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rex Cunningham’s realization that he was losing his hearing came to him like it does most people — gradually.

A big year for co-op sales, but 2015 could be lean

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As agricultural cooperatives set sales records nationally, the growth is reflected closer to home.

First Columbiana and Stark Farm Bureaus’ Farm Frenzy brings family fun

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In addition to getting an up-close look at farm machinery, numerous vendors and representatives from the Winona Fire Department participated in the Columbiana and Stark County Farm Bureaus’ first Farm Frenzy event.

Shammos win Stark SWCD award

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Board of supervisors elections, the naming of the SWCD Cooperator of the Year, and the outlining of 2015 programs topped the agenda at the Stark Soil and Water Conservation District’s 64th annual banquet Oct. 16 at R.G. Drage Career Technical Institute.

Ohio Farm Bureau tackles CAUV concerns

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is examining the complex formula used in calculating Current Agricultural Use Value.

Ohio CAUV tax rates: What goes up, must go up some more

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ohio farmers are up in arms over latest round of CAUV property tax increases, in some cases up by 300 percent since the last triennial update.

Youngstown farm hops into growing cricket food market

Thursday, October 16, 2014

There are several misconceptions about raising crickets as a food for humans. The biggest surprise may be the profit potential.

More at this camp than FFA

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As Camp Muskingum enters its seventh decade, camp director Todd Davis hopes a pending $2.5 million building project will help keep it around for a good long while.

Vilsack calls for new beef checkoff program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Two federal beef checkoff assessments? It could happen if industry fails to reach consensus.

Jewett farm builds corn maze to raise money

Friday, October 3, 2014

The inaugural season of the Jewett Wildcat Community Center corn maze opened Sept. 19 and will run through Nov. 2, in conjunction with the community center’s annual Harco House of Horrors haunted house fundraiser.

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Brian Lisik lives in Canton, Ohio. A Suburban Newspapers of America and Ohio Newspaper Association award winner for column writing and series writing, he can be reached at brian@farmanddairy.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/brianlisik