Stories by Contributing Writers

Holmes County Junior Fair Auction grosses over $350,000 in sales

Thursday, August 30, 2007

MILLERSBURG, Ohio – The junior fair livestock auction is always the highlight of any fair and the 2007

Ohio’s farmland preservation program is complicated, but worth the effort

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Contributing Writer The name of Ohio’s farmland preservation program, the Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program, is very misleading and often keeps farm families from even considering the benefits.

Medina Co. auction was hot, hot, hot

Thursday, August 16, 2007

MEDINA, Ohio – The people were hot, the animals were hot and the bidding was hot during the 2007 Medina County Junior Fair Livestock Auction.

Farmland preservation in Ohio starts with CAUV, ag security areas

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Editor’s note: This is the second installment in our four-part look at Ohio’s farmland preservation efforts.

Dairy tour featured improvements

Thursday, July 26, 2007

MARSHALLVILLE, Ohio – The annual Wayne County Dairy Tour July 10 was hosted at L & R Farm near Marshallville.

Environment and economics: Making the case for farmland preservation

Thursday, July 26, 2007

(Editor’s note: This week, we begin a four-part look at Ohio’s farmland preservation efforts.) Each year in the United States, more than 1 million acres of land are converted from agriculture to other uses – never to be reclaimed.

The chain gang

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Many people, when they finish their day’s work, like to kick off their shoes, stretch out in front of the TV and relax.

Ohioan hopes to build a breed

Thursday, July 5, 2007

SALEM, Ohio – Synergy is the best way to describe the strategy behind the fledgling National Association of Spotted Haflingers breeding program and registry.

Farm goal: Soft fibers and tender lambs

Thursday, July 5, 2007

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Barry and Linda Singley or Bearlin Acres Farm opened their farm June 20 for a Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture field day.

Pa. goat farm targets ethnic market

Thursday, July 5, 2007

NEWBURG, Pa. – After a few disappointments in other farm ventures, Sandra Miller and her partner, Ralph Jones, are developing a successful meat goat operation.

And they’re off!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

CANFIELD, Ohio – The smell of fresh hay mingled with the humid early summer air as drivers hooked driving harnesses to their young horses in preparation of tackling the half-mile dirt track of the Canfield Fairgrounds.

The man behind the roar of engines and crowds

Thursday, June 14, 2007

JAMESTOWN, Pa. – In 1987, high school teacher Richard “Rick” Feicht decided that after six years of announcing tractor pulls for the Pennsylvania Tractor Pullers Association, he would strike out on his own and create an independent pulling company.

Not even a hurricane could dampen the spirit of the Peggy Martin Rose

Thursday, April 12, 2007

NEW ORLEANS – This is the story of a rose. A nameless rose. A rose that has no thorns – not one. It came to Peggy Martin as a little cutting from a friend, who had gotten a cutting from a relative, who had in turn gotten it from another relative.

Leimbach’s laughs unite farm women

Thursday, April 5, 2007

ASHLAND, Ohio – Cold, raining and muddy. It was not a good day for farming. But the atmosphere was warm and cheerful for those attending the first Women in Agriculture Conference, hosted March 23 by OSU Extension in Ashland County.

By the seat of his pants

Thursday, March 22, 2007

NEWBURY, Ohio – Paul Taylor has found his niche. It’s in his pants. Founder and self-proclaimed “Head Monkey” of Arborwear, Taylor, 37, leads a staff of seven to imagine, research, design, test and market a fairly new line of outdoor clothing best known for its trousers.

The icemen cometh

Thursday, March 15, 2007

HOWARD, Ohio – Most of my Amish neighbors have icehouses constructed of 24-by-48 inch pieces of Styrofoam 16 feet long.

Tap dance

Thursday, March 1, 2007

BURTON, Ohio – When there is little to do except plow snow, fix equipment or work on income taxes, the sugar bush beckons.

This Grimm story is more than a fairy tale

Thursday, March 1, 2007

HUDSON, Ohio – Hundreds of area maple syrup producers will fire up their sugar houses in the next week and process tanks of maple sap.

Couple filling floral demands of niche market

Thursday, February 15, 2007

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Farmers sharing insights on their successes have become hallmarks of the annual Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture conference.

Conservation efforts rewarded by Wayne Soil and Water

Thursday, November 23, 2006

WOOSTER, Ohio – Melissa Arko and Neil Topovski were recently recognized by the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District for their efforts in introducing science and conservation to students at Parkview Elementary School in the Wooster City School District.


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