Stories by Brian Lisik

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.

Can you make money with chestnuts? Learn how Nov. 6

Friday, September 19, 2014

While the chances of an American chestnut variety becoming a timber tree again is likely decades away, Bob Stehli of Wintergreen Tree Farm said there is money to be made in chestnuts.

American chestnut on the comeback trail

Friday, September 19, 2014

A century after blight erased the American chestnut from the landscape, researchers are closer than ever to bringing it back.

Ohio farm families honored for conservation efforts

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ohio’s conservation award winners include: Gerald and Cheryl Whipple of Ottawa County; Steve and Beth Fulton of Medina County; Casey Clemens of Morgan County; Bruce and Carol Goodwin of Warren County; and Karl and Kevin Elder of Fairfield County.

Ag major equals farming? Not so much anymore

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Employers are telling ag colleges: ‘We like what we see, we need more; we can’t have enough of your graduates.’

Group works to save historic Hudson Farm

Sunday, September 14, 2014

When Donald Barlow ceased dairy operations in 1995, he and his wife, Helen, donated the roughly 65 acres that remained of the Case Barlow farm to the First Congregational Church of Hudson. When the church announced plans to sell the property for development a group of Hudson citizens and business owners, as well as city officials, stepped forward to save the property.

Business has changed, but farm is a Theaker family tradition

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Richard Theaker’s first ancestors in Ohio were blacksmiths by trade and the deed to the first Theaker property in Ohio was, in fact, written on sheepskin.

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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