Stories by Contributing Writers

Top lot brings $36,000 bid; Ohio Holstein sale averages $3,500

Friday, March 22, 2013

BY BARB LUMLEY SIDNEY, Ohio — The cold temperature at the Ohio Holstein Association convention sale March 8 was soon warmed up by the large crowd and the hot bidding. The sale, held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, Sidney, Ohio, averaged $3,584 on 76 live lots. Benefit sale First into the ring was a fall […]

Bees? It’s a valuable, and fun, hobby

Thursday, February 7, 2013

In 2009 I started something that I never thought I would do — beekeeping! (If someone had told me a few years ago that I would become a beekeeper, I would have told them they were crazy.)Oh, I’d been around bees because my grandfather and grandmother always kept bees and at one time my grandfather […]

Focusing in on conservation

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So much of life depends upon your point of view. Everyone has different experiences and learns from a unique perspective. My grade school consisted of two classes per grade level and each had a different teacher. I discovered early on that, although I was in the same grade at the same school as my first […]

New Year’s resolution

Thursday, January 24, 2013

By George A. Hazlett: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution and only within a few days or weeks break it? I speak from experience. I must confess that I am guilty. I have only made a few New Year’s resolutions in my lifetime, and I don’t believe they […]

ATI dedicates beef cattle handling facility designed by Temple Grandin

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institude dedicated a new, state-of-the-art beef cattle handling facility.

Is there anything we can do about the weather?

Friday, September 28, 2012

By: TOM DOWNING The activities at steam and engine shows take place primarily outside and so are greatly subject to weather conditions. Some might argue this fact is a good argument for having a four-day show or longer, as most rainy spells don’t commonly last that long, so the chances of having a decently profitable […]

Facing off over funerals in Pa.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pennsylvania funeral home rules are restricting funeral directors and families.

How to: Prune your hedges properly

Friday, August 3, 2012

Jeff Rugg answers a question about how to properly trim a hedge.

Educational forum to highlight opportunities in OSU Dairy Program

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

By SUSAN MYKRANTZ Contributing Writer COLUMBUS — The Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University, in conjunction with the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and Elanco Animal Health, will host an educational forum and open house at the Waterman Dairy Farm Aug. 9. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Jersey research Dr. Maurice Eastridge […]

Commentary: Few can accept rigors and responsibilities of U.S. military academies

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The United States is fortunate to have military academies rich with history, traditions and values for patriotic youth willing to hear the call to duty.

Former Ohio 4-H’er joins the ‘long gray line’ of West Point graduates

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Graduation day at the U.S. Military Academy was the culmination of many miles marched, orders taken, courses struggled through and accepting multitudes of regulations and restrictions.

Steubenville Saddle Club celebrates 65 years

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sixty-five years after it began, the Steubenville Saddle Club will celebrate its anniversary with a special horse show at the grounds July 1.

Dr. Smith’s ‘Two Dollar Steak’ completed at Stone Gate Farm

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Couldn’t every farmer use 18 50-foot-long fiberglass dome roof panels? Well, yes, except Dave Smith had to erect 10-foot concrete walls to support the 18-ton roof.

Heritage conservation project in Harrison County

Thursday, March 29, 2012

By Tillie Heavilin, Contributing writer The primary objective of soil and water conservation districts is education for the protection of natural resources. Closely related is the obligation to also conserve our historical heritage. This article concerns a restoration project in Harrison County. Ourant School is a one-room school built in 1873 in Nottingham Township. It […]

Lambs walk the boards at Philly theater

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Three bottle-fed lambs from western Pennsylvania have been “hired” to add some realism to a production at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater production, and the theater-going community couldn’t be more excited.

More than 1,000 attend beekeepers’ workshop in Ohio

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Tri-County Beekeepers Association workshop drew 1,043 — possibly the largest one-day workshop of its kind in the United States.

Ohio leads national drive to build sheep numbers

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The national program, “Let’s Grow with twoPLUS,” calls for current sheep producers to increase their flocks by two head per 100 and increase their average birth rate to two lambs per year.

Leaders push for dairy reform in N.Y.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation to help beleaguered dairy farmers improve their bottom line. And at the same time, the National Milk Producers Federation, representing farmers and cooperatives, is also making a renewed push to reform the federal order milk marketing system.

Governor’s budget would slash Penn State Extension, ag research by half

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. — If cuts in the proposed Pennsylvania budget stand, Cooperative Extension programs across the state could radically change. Gov. Tom Corbett wants to slash funding to Penn State by 50 percent, a reduction of $182 million. And that means funding to agriculture research and Cooperative Extension programming could […]

Producers worry about effects of budget cuts on N.Y. ag programs

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

N.Y. farmers are growing concerned about the potential loss of a number of agriculture support programs in this year’s state budget. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $162.6 million budget for the state’s agriculture department and calls for cuts to various programs funded by the state.

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