Stories by Emily Caldwell

About Emily

Emily Caldwell of Beaver Falls, Pa., serves as the 2009 Farm and Dairy editorial intern. She is a graduate of Penn State University, where she studied agribusiness and agricultural communications. Feel free to follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/emily718.

One Stark County family’s love of the fair spans 160 years

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CANTON, Ohio — In 1850, Jacob Schwartz helped to start the Stark County Agricultural Society, and the organization scheduled the first Stark County Fair in October. Nearly 160 years later, Schwartz’s great-great-grandson, Charles Swartz of Canton, Ohio, was inducted into the Ohio Fair Association’s Hall of Fame.

Teens with a cross-cultural kinship

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Kaia Solberg is 15, and loves dancing, shopping, scrapbooking and Robert Pattinson, the actor from the Twilight movies. Shizu Ka Konno, also 15, enjoys taking classes, singing and participating in track and field. So what’s so different about these seemingly average American teenagers? They’re not from America. Kaia lives in Norway, […]

Carroll County Fair 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Find out the top animals from the 2009 Carroll County Fair Livestock Auction and see photos from the fairgrounds.

Northwest PA honors ag educators

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. — The 2009 Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Conference was held July 13-16 at the Conneaut Lake Park Hotel in northwestern Pennsylvania. About 120 agricultural educators and advisers attended the conference, which included workshops, local industry tours, and recreational activities. The awards banquet, held July 15, recognized outstanding educators for their years […]

Washington Co. cattleman relies on wife, faith for helping raise Angus

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

COAL CENTER, Pa. — For Paul Salansky of Coal Center, Pa., raising Angus cattle is more than just a hobby or a pastime. It’s all about faith, family and friendly competition.

Ohio church serves God, community with small-scale urban gardening

Thursday, July 9, 2009

NORTH LIMA, Ohio — Members of Common Ground Church Community in North Lima, Ohio, have the opportunity to begin their Sunday mornings a bit differently than most churchgoers — by watering and weeding in the church’s adjoining greenhouses and gardens.

Michigan next for livestock standards

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio legislators aren’t the only ones taking action regarding livestock care standards this summer. Michigan state Reps. Mike Simpson and Jeff Mayes introduced a package of bills June 19 to standardize livestock care requirements. The bills, H.B. 5127 and H.B. 5128, would have the following impact: * Establish that the Department of […]

Ohio livestock standards board may be ballot bound this November

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The fourth week in June was an exciting one for livestock producers and agricultural organizations across the state of Ohio. Within a week, two similar bills, H.J.R. 2 and S.J.R. 6, were introduced and passed through the House of Representatives and Senate.

The Great Buckeye Tractor Cruise: A different kind of camp fundraiser

Thursday, June 25, 2009

CELINA, Ohio — ABN Radio will host the second annual Great Buckeye Tractor Cruise July 25, which begins 8:30 a.m. at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. The 40-mile drive, given the slogan “A Few Miles for Many Smiles”, raises funds for Camp Quality, a program that allows children with cancer to enjoy summer camp. Organizer of […]

Senate, House pass livestock care ballot initiatve

Thursday, June 25, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The bills authorizing an agricultural ballot initiative, H.J.R. 2 and S.J.R. 6 have officially been passed through both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Senate.

Celebrate June Dairy Month with royalty

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pennsylvania dairy royalty includes, left to right: Chantal Guidice, Pa. Brown Swiss Miss, Beaver Co. Sarah Weimer, Pa. Guernsey Queen, Venango Co. Amanda Mitcheltree, Pa. Jersey Queen, Lawrence Co. LeeAnn Kapanick, Pa. State Dairy Princess, Crawford Co. Abigail Trotter, Pa. Alternate State Dairy Princess, Lawrence Co. SALEM, Ohio — June Dairy Month began more than […]

Ohio studies livestock care ballot initiative

Monday, June 22, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Lawmakers are considering an amendment to Ohio’s constitution that will create and enforce guidelines for proper care of livestock and poultry.

Ohio legislators consider ballot initiative on livestock care standards

Monday, June 22, 2009

Read updated story: Ohio studies livestock care ballot initiative SALEM, Ohio — An amendment to Ohio’s constitution will be proposed this week in the Senate that will create and enforce guidelines for proper care of livestock and poultry. The legislation would authorize a ballot initiative and language this November , which, if passed, would create the […]

Emerald Valley Artisan Cheese owner is ‘queen of collaboration’

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SCENERY HILL, Pa. — A person can be defined by the books they read and the people they choose to spend time with, says Alisa Fasnacht, co-owner of Emerald Valley Artisan Cheese in Scenery Hill, Pa. For Fasnacht and her husband, Alan, the ability to network and the inspiration they have found in books helped […]

Potential name change for OSU Extension?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University Extension may be getting a name change, according to a statement made June 10 by The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee at the 4-H Agricultural Innovation Summit. The event was held June 10 in St. Louis, Mo.

Cultivating connections: Social networking for ag education, direct marketing

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

(Part II of a two-part series.) SALEM, Ohio — Social media users have many reasons for investing time online. For three agricultural individuals, it’s a combination of networking, consumer education and direct marketing — all in different ways. Mike Haley of West Salem, Ohio, decided to set up a Twitter account after hearing about it […]

Small town Ohio artist has gigantic goals

Friday, June 12, 2009

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Mozart composed music at only 5 years old. Similarly, Chris McConnell’s career as an artist began when he was only 5 years old. “My sister was coloring, and I thought, ‘I can do a lot better than her,’” he said. From painting to drawing to working with metal, the now 23-year-old Mesopotamia […]

Cultivating connections: Telling the ag story through social media

Friday, June 12, 2009

(Part I of a two-part series.) SALEM, Ohio — Are you a fan of Ohio Hog Farmers on Facebook? Have you RT’d Ohio Farm Bureau’s latest tweet yet? Not sure what I’m asking? You might want to start familiarizing yourself with these social networking sites and the related lingo.

Get started on Facebook and Twitter

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Facebook: Create a profile Go to http://www.facebook.com/ Under “Sign Up,” enter the following information. Full name (Using your first and last name instead of just a first name or a nickname will help people find you and recognize you. You can always adjust your privacy settings to make yourself more or less visible.) E-mail A […]

At one of Ohio’s top dairy farms, it’s all about the details

Thursday, June 11, 2009

FARMDALE, Ohio — For the Hall family of Hallbrook Farm in Farmdale, Ohio, the success of the herd can be attributed to two things: setting goals and paying attention to details.

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