Stories by Former Farm and Dairy Reporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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