Stories by Contributing Writers

More pork produced, less available

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More pork is being produced in the U.S. but less is available for U.S. consumers, said a Purdue University Extension marketing specialist. “What does more pork production but less available for U.S. consumers mean?” said Chris Hurt. “Pork exports grew by 68 percent in the first half of the year and […]

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 […]


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