Stories by Contributing Writers

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 […]


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