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The Win-win

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Honorable mention: Sharon Sweda, Huron, Ohio Jacob slumped as Katherine cleared the table around him. Sensing he’d skip choir rehearsal, she chose to pray, rather than argue. The foreclosure notice had changed everything at the farm and Jacob became more withdrawn as the deadline approached. “Where’s Jacob?” Pastor Thomas inquired. Rumors circulated that Jacob was […]

The gift of remembrance

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winner: Alejandro Villalva, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Reserve, 42, San Antonio, TX Richard sat silently, transfixed, his entire attention riveted to the photo that he found in the illustrated book of the Vietnam War which his grandson had just given him as a Christmas gift. The photo was a hauntingly brutal depiction of young […]

Uncle Leonard

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Third place: Maryann Lepovsky, 65, of Lucinda, Pa. All the lights were out in town except for the bright orange Rexall sign on the corner drugstore. The soft snow as falling onto the frozen ground covering the grass and trees with a layer of fine angel hair. The date was Dec. 23, 1966. The peace […]

The Stocking Surprise

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Second place: Mark Llewellyn, of New Castle, Pa. Doreen’s eyes, glassy in this state of reverie, wandered from one hand to the other. Arthritis found refuge in the aging joints long ago, and her knobby knuckles were testament to a life rife with farm work and household chores. Once the farm had been dutifully handed […]

Revenge of the… Cows?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tyler Moff Berlin Center, Ohio Age:10 I was out doing chores. It was Christmas Eve. I did all my chores but I forgot one. This chore that I forgot led to a nice, hilarious Christmas-haying the cows. I went inside and got ready for bed, wondering what would be under the tree tomorrow. I was […]

Electric Santa

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Honorable mention: Veronica Easterday, 14, of North Bloomfield Beep! Beep! Beep! Santa lazily covered his head with his pillow trying to block out the disturbing beeps of his alarm clock. Subconsciously, pushing the snooze button, he snuggled into his warm electric blanket, “Just five more minutes.” Fifteen minutes passed and the alarm didn’t beep. An […]

A Christmas Surprise

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Abigail Langmeyer Age: 7 Cortland, Ohio There was a little girl named Jane who lived on a farm in Texas. She wanted a cat for Christmas, but her Mom and Dad said “no.” Jane said this cat will be my friend and help me with my chores. Maybe Santa will bring if to your said […]

Christmas Wishes

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Rachel Barkley Age: 11 Uhrichsville, OH Mary sighed. All she had ever wanted for Christmas previous years had been a horse. But now she had pushed wanting a horse to the back of her mind. Mary’s mother was horribly sick. She’d been sick for a very long time. Every night, Mary prayed that her mother […]

A coal camp Christmas

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Second place: Alex Keck, 17, of Hanoverton, Ohio It was early December of 1933, the height of the Great Depression in the tiny Pennsylvania coal mining town of Dunbar. The rows of company houses coated with black coal dust cast a bleak silhouette against the cold gray sky. Ida was 9-years-old and she along her […]

A Cat’s Christmas Dream

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Athena Pantelides, 10 yrs. Louisville, Ohio Snowla the cat was watching the snow fall outside of her house. Snowla’s owner spoiled her. You see Snowla’s house was a huge mansion, and Snowla’s owner had a big golden retriever. The dog’s name is Carla. Carla didn’t want to scare away cats but just the sight of […]

Marie’s Christmas miracle

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Eileen Gress, 16, of Shreve, Ohio It was Christmas Eve, and Marie sat in her rocking chair. She was thinking about Christmas and how her husband, Mark, wouldn’t be there to celebrate with her and her daughter. I know that they needed more troops in Iraq, but why over the holiday season? How can we […]

Figuring out a good price for beef requires more than just math skills

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

DICKINSON, N.D. — Tracking the value of beef is interesting. No matter where one turns, there is considerable variation that results in a value spread. This occurs to feeder calves, backgrounded calves or at harvest. Variation exists On the rail, similar variations occur all the way to the box. One could conclude that given the […]

Pennsylvania slashes ag. budget and cuts contributions to crop insurance

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

State legislators design a budget but it involves funding cuts for agriculture programs.

Shake, gavel and roll: Carroll Co. native is auctioneer by day and Elvis by night

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

By SUSAN MELLISH Contributing Writer WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Mike Albert has always been a cut-up; a person who loves center stage; an entertainer. This former Carroll County native attended auctions with his parents and was entranced by the auctioneer running the show. Is it any wonder he gravitated toward this profession?

Wayne County, Ohio, developing manure swap

Thursday, April 2, 2009

A new pilot project in Wayne County, Ohio, hopes to transform manure from what some would consider waste into a marketable product that could be bartered among agricultural producers or sold to gardeners, landscapers and others seeking a “green” source of high-quality fertilizer.

Extending the grazing season backwards

Thursday, March 19, 2009

By CHRIS PENROSE When we think of extending the grazing season, we usually think of how long we can go into the fall or winter without feeding stored feed. Another option often overlooked is how soon we can stop feeding as spring approaches. Several options There are several options to accomplish this. The first is […]

The risk of anesthesia to pets

Friday, March 6, 2009

Whether a patient is human or animal, there are always risks associated with anesthesia during surgery. However, several studies have shown the risk of anesthetic-related death in humans is far less than that of veterinary patients. According to one 2008 paper published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the estimated risk of […]

Financial management practices and strategy options for farm operators

Friday, February 6, 2009

By WILLIAM EDWARDS AMES, Iowa — After several years of high grain prices and generous margins, crop producers are facing a 2009 that looks less than rosy. Higher inputs costs and selling prices well below the peaks of 2008 will result in fewer dollars left over to pay landlords and put into savings. Livestock producers […]

Open wide: Tooth abscesses are very common in alpacas and llamas

Monday, January 26, 2009

With spitting accuracy like a sniper, alpacas and llamas use their mouths for more than chewing. But unfortunately, “tooth abscesses are very common,” said Varsha Ramoutar, a resident in the Farm Animal Reproductive Medicine and Surgery section at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Depending on the sex, llamas and alpacas have 30 […]

Tuscarawas County Fair livestock auction results

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Tuscarawas County Fair.


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