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Mercer County 4-H Roundup Auction Results

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions at this year’s Mercer County, Pa., 4-H Roundup.

West Point Reception Day turns civilians into cadets

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

(Editor’s note: Weston Boose, a 4-H’er from rural Norwalk, Ohio, and son of Terry and Mary Lisa Boose, is starting college life at the U.S. Military Academy. This is the second in an occasional series by contributing writer Judy Kocab on Boose’s first year in the academy, where the battlecry of “Duty. Honor. Country.” still […]

Ohioan accepts the West Point challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

(Editor’s note: Skipping class is not an option for Weston Boose, a college freshman. Neither is not making his bed before he leaves the dorm. That’s because Boose, a 4-H’er from rural Norwalk, Ohio, and son of Terry and Mary Lisa Boose, is starting college life at the U.S. Military Academy. This is the first […]

Use only agricultural box fans

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Editor: Now that summer has arrived, many horse owners are preparing to buy and install box fans in their barns. Before they buy a box fan, though, they must make absolutely sure it’s designed for agricultural use. The motor must be sealed to prevent dirt and dust from getting into the motor housing and starting […]

Business Profile: 64 Metals

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The post-frame building business at 64 Metals, a family-owned business in St. Louisville, Ohio, has gone through the roof… literally.

A little work, a little play makes for the perfect plowing day

Saturday, June 14, 2008

By ARTHUR BOLDUC What do draft horse teamsters do when they get caught up on their work? They find somebody who hasn’t, and you might say they have a draft horse-plowing frolic. They all show up bright and early, usually on a Saturday, and make short work of what otherwise could be a week’s work. […]

Despite the drama, it was a great Florida winter

Thursday, June 12, 2008

By TERRY MORT Sorry it has taken me so long to finish our year of events in Florida this year, but when you are gone from home so long, it takes you a while to catch up with everything. We had a great winter down there, but eventually everything must end. There’s nothing like some […]

Raspberries: A small fruit that yields big opportunities

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

By Amy Fovargue Contributing Writer FREDERICKTOWN, Ohio — Ann Trudel has always loved picking red raspberries and making jam with them. So it made sense that after she and her husband, Dan, bought 5 acres near Fredericktown, they decided to raise their own and make a business out of it. They named their business — […]

Energy prices fundamental to corn

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

URBANA, Ill. — Corn and soybean markets are not reliant solely on energy or futures prices to support their levels, said a University of Illinois Extension marketing specialist. “Some suggest that corn and soybean prices have not been following fundamentals, but have traded on outside markets like crude oil,” said Darrel Good. “However, energy prices […]

Crude oil drives commodities

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

By MIKE WOOLVERTON Extension Grain Economist Sighs of relief were heard throughout the grain trade last week as corn and soybean planting both progressed. Ordinarily, prices would drop as the Battle for Acres was resolved, but corn and soybean prices have remained strong due to rising energy prices. Close scrutiny Corn and soybeans are now […]

Hallowed ground: Arlington Cemetery workers pay their respects every day

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

By KANTELE FRANKO ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly 4 million people visit Arlington National Cemetery annually, many of them tourists searching for U.S. history. They watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and see more than a dozen other memorials or monuments. They pay their respects to the 300,000 people who […]

Ohio will host Horse Progress Days July 4 and 5

Sunday, May 25, 2008

By KAREN KIRSCH Contributing Writer MOUNT HOPE, Ohio –The tiny village of Mount Hope, Ohio, will host Horse Progress Days July 4 and 5.

Killer caterpillar numbers high this year, keep pregnant mares protected

Sunday, May 11, 2008

By HOLLY WIEMERS LEXINGTON, Ky. — Experts report that eastern tent caterpillars are now wandering and population levels are among the highest they’ve seen since 2001, when Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) hit Central Kentucky particularly hard. “The eastern tent caterpillar populations are dramatically up this year — the highest I’ve seen since the MRLS […]

How long can corn prices stay high?

Friday, May 2, 2008

By Daryll Ray How long can this go on? How much higher will corn prices go? Those questions are of concern not only to corn farmers, but to producers of other crops, as well. In general, the price increase for other commodities followed that of corn as crops competed with each other for acreage as, […]

Ashland cattlemen celebrate at banquet

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Ashland County Cattlemen’s Association hosted its annual banquet at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center April 10.

Wayne County honors dairy production

Monday, April 14, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — Wayne County dairy production was celebrated during the annual Wayne County Dairy Banquet at the Amish Door Restaurant in Wooster.

Is your herd ready for summer?

Thursday, April 3, 2008

CANTON, Ohio — A good coach will prepare his team for the next competitor. Cows are great athletes, so as a dairy manager, you are a cow coach and need to prepare your cows for the summer season.

Mapleton FFA says farewell to its graduating seniors, bestows honors

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Nearly 300 Mapleton FFA members, family and friends gathered to celebrate their successful year of working the fields of agriculture. Numerous certificates, awards and recognitions were presented during the evening activities held at the Ashland University Convocation Center. The officer team presided over the evening, including President Jonni Rohr, Vice President Christine Ritchie, Secretary Paige […]

Ashland Co. herds among top in state

Thursday, March 27, 2008

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Two Ashland county dairy herds have been ranked among the top 5 percent of Ohio herds and they were among those recognized during the Ashland County Dairymen’s Banquet March 1 at Hillsdale High School. Awards Among operations milking three times per day, Ayars Farm, Inc., is among the top 5 percent of […]

Farm school welcomes students to the real world with real experiences

Thursday, March 6, 2008

It is the middle of February. The chickens are all cooped up, the cows are shaggy and the nanny goat has just presented the farm with a tiny kid. The sheep look warm. The pipes to the barns froze when the electricity failed, so youngsters are hauling buckets of water twice a day. Stalls are […]

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