Stories by Brian Lisik

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.

Stark County Junior Fair auction pulls in $854,406, sets all time record

Sunday, August 31, 2014

(This post has been updated from an earlier story to reflect the final 2014 Stark County Junior Fair results. Scroll down to see a photo gallery of the winners) Aug. 27 & Aug. 30, 2014 Sale Total: $854,406.11 STEERS Number of Market Lots: 69 Average: $3.08/pound Grand champion exhibitor: Lindsey Pugh Bid: $20/pound – Record […]

Finding Ferdinand Brader

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The story of Ferdinand Brader remains partly a mystery as his original artwork turns up in farmhouses across Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.

Bringing Brader back home

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Living in roughly the same era as European and American contemporaries such as Vincent van Gogh and Winslow Homer, Swiss-born scenic artist Ferdinand Brader captured rural life in Ohio and Pennsylvania in a uniquely detailed way.

More than your average project: A day in the life of a 4-H member

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — The sun is just up, and Leah Fine is exhausted. She tries to sleep until the last possible minute, but she knows that Bella, Vinnie and Lugnut are surely up and waiting for her. While it seems like she just left the barn, the 12-year-old pulls on her boots and heads […]

Southeastern Ohio hills alive with farm family history

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When Ezekial Cole purchased 140 acres of land in an area that would eventually become Wayne Township in Jefferson County, Ohio, it is unlikely he considered how, or if, the family farm would be operating 206 years later. “It just makes you proud to keep the farm going,” Carl Kithcart, Cole’s great-great-great-great grandson said.

Ashtabula County Junior Fair auction brings in more than $300,000

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The 2014 Ashtabula County Fair junior fair market livestock sale brought in more than $300,000 for the county’s youth.

Fry frames history one Ohio farm at a time

Friday, August 1, 2014

Jim Fry, founder of Museum of Western Reserve Farms and Equipment, has spent most of his life preserving cultures. Fry’s museum began more than a decade ago as a largely pragmatic venture.

Ohio foodbank program an option for growers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last year, Terry Gram’s 45-acre hillside orchard in Paris, Ohio, gave him his biggest crop ever. A couple of decades ago, much of that surplus would have been tossed out. Now, growers like Gram can turn to groups like the Ohio Association of Food Banks and its Agricultural Clearance Program.

2014 Summit County Fair market livestock sale brings in more than $43,000

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The 2014 Summit County Junior Fair livestock sales brought in more than $43,000 and set several records along the way.

What’s happening with hops in Ohio

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In terms of both production and economic opportunity, hops growing is hot in Ohio. But the second year of a study by Ohio State, at its Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, has yielded both good returns and cause for concern.

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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