Stories by Former Farm and Dairy Reporters

Growing an interest in agriculture

Thursday, May 31, 2007

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – About 200 producers from across Ohio put off tending to their fields and crops May 24.

What’s left behind

Thursday, September 14, 2006

THE auctioneer’s racing voice quiets for the first time, and the crowd focuses on the woman in the red shirt. The one with her arms crossed, her eyes downcast, her lips pressed together.

New record set at Jefferson County Fair sale

Thursday, August 24, 2006

SMITHFIELD, Ohio – There were many things to celebrate Saturday afternoon as the Jefferson County Junior Fair livestock sale got under way.

Dairymen call for new pricing system

Thursday, August 24, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Ohio dairyman Bryan Wolfe is sick of low milk prices so he, along with the

Belmont Co. Fair set for a big move

Thursday, August 17, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – The Belmont County Fair may not look like anything out-of-the-ordinary this September, but just wait a few years.

Learn the ‘wisdom’ of sustainable ag

Thursday, July 27, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Innovative Farmers of Ohio is about to give fresh meaning to the words “intensive learning.

Amish dairyman banned from selling raw milk again

Thursday, July 20, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Dairyman Arlie Stutzman claims he sells raw milk because of his religious beliefs but that isn’t a good enough reason for him to continue, a judge recently ruled.

Skepticism turns to participation

Thursday, July 13, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Many people were skeptical two years ago when talk first rumbled about a joint effort between the

Barn leveled, cattle killed in storm

Thursday, July 6, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – It was black, but not blacker than any other storm this summer. “Then the wind picked up and blew like never before,” said Tuscarawas County dairyman Tim Sigrist.

Ohio ‘priorities’ receive funding

Thursday, June 29, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – The USDA recently doled out nearly $5 million to conservation programs across the country, and for the first time, $250,000 went to Ohio projects.

Dairy industry goes ‘big business’

Thursday, June 29, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Quality assurance is a “big business” term. Big companies with big budgets and important agendas, who want to be sure everything is produced in the fastest, safest ways.

The Champion

Thursday, June 29, 2006

It was summer 1949, and young showman Jim Wiegers and his hogs were blazing the competition at Ohio fairs.

Farming is farming for this fish farmer

Thursday, June 22, 2006

THOMPSON, Ohio – Dick Black likes to say he’s the same as any other farmer. He tests his soil, adds nutrients and worries about how his crop is growing.

Gas prices got you down? Answer may be in fries

Thursday, June 22, 2006

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – You can smell Kirke Porterfield coming before his old Mercedes even makes it up the drive.

Pork industry develops new food safety program

Thursday, June 15, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Pork producers soon will have a new certification program to smooth consumers’ concerns over food safety and animal care.

The perfect balance

Thursday, June 15, 2006

GUSTAVUS TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The component that often needs the most work on dairy farms isn’t butterfat or protein.

Farmers watch for rain damage

Thursday, May 25, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Saturated. Soaked. Wet. These words have described many spring seasons and it looks like this one, at least recently, will be no exception.

A rainy week, a grumpy farmer

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The whole family piles into the car, on our way to Sunday dinner, and naturally we’re all talking at once, seeing if we can outdo each other with our stories.

Tire explosion details slowly emerge

Thursday, May 11, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – The cause of a tire explosion last month on a Trumbull County dairy farm is still unknown, however more details are available.

Grape growers face the freeze

Thursday, May 11, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – In Ray Gruber’s 85 years growing juice grapes, he’s never needed his priest to bless the vineyard.


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