Stories by Brian Lisik

Pitching farm life: Brenda Hastings takes dairy industry in an all new direction

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Brenda Hastings pulls no punches on the subject of being a dairy farmer. And the co-owner of Hastings Dairy in Geauga County, Ohio, has become one of her industry’s most active advocates.

Background check changes for OSU 4-H volunteers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A new Ohio State University policy requires all students, staff and volunteers working in programs with youth to be fingerprinted every four years.

Swapping seeds? There’s a law for that

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

When the Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, decided to launch a seed library on Earth Day 2014, the group’s promotion efforts ran headlong into the state’s seed law.

Ohio fruit growers brace for winter, but are hopeful for spring yields

Friday, February 20, 2015

With below-zero lows through at least next week, area fruit farmers kept a positive outlook.

Marcellus and Utica shale: Carroll County production keeps going strong

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 32 new permits in January, with Columbiana County receiving nearly half the total.

Orville Redenbacher exits Ohio

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For the past two years, Geauga County farmer Kevin O’Reilly has turned an often overlooked crop into a healthy profit center. That is about to change as ConAgra Foods moves the second of its two popcorn processing facilities out of Ohio.

Ohio tax advisory group to discuss CAUV changes March 5

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa’s agricultural advisory committee will meet March 5, with CAUV as the primary agenda item.

Beef producers dig deeper into DNA

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Breeders say DNA testing can now extract information from a bull only a few weeks old that in the past would have taken 10 calves sire to determine.

Tax filing on the farm: Tips for 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

An ag tax law expert offers advice on tax code changes in 2015 — and how farmers can take advantage of them.

USDA’s rules for tracking cattle could be changing again

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

USDA’s regulations on interstate livestock disease traceability have been beneficial since going into effect in March 2013. Implementing those regulations, according to some livestock facility managers, has been “a pain in the butt.”

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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