Stories by Former Farm and Dairy Reporters

Is it time to scale back BSE testing?

Thursday, May 4, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – It’s likely several cows in the U.S. currently have BSE, but the number is so low that it may be time to stop rigorous testing, according to the

FDA clarifies how bioterrorism act applies to commercial hay producers

Thursday, April 27, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – It doesn’t look like commercial hay producers need to worry about stamping bar-coded stickers on thousands of hay bales.

Amish dairyman gets OK to continue farming after raw milk incident

Thursday, April 27, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Two months after a Holmes County farmer’s dairy license was revoked, he is now back in business.

Tire mechanic killed in explosion at Ohio farm

Thursday, April 20, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – A tractor tire exploded last week at a Trumbull County dairy farm, killing the mechanic.

Conserving a legacy

Thursday, April 20, 2006

BARNESVILLE, Ohio – Don Guindon stomps his boots, hangs his Select Sires hat on a peg, rolls up the sleeves on his flannel shirt and comes in for lunch.

Lowmiller farm has top herd

Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Bioterrorism rules trickle down to hay

Thursday, April 6, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Commercial hay producers soon may be among the growing list of sectors keeping detailed records and zeroing in on bioterrorism.

Bayou Rebuilders

Thursday, March 30, 2006

WHILE the first few weeks were fascinating and heartbreaking and every TV in America was tuned to hurricane coverage last fall, the public soon lost interest.

Ohio hogs with TB found in W.Va.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Four West Virginia farms are quarantined after importing Ohio hogs with a strain of tuberculosis.

Dairy tool examines your farm

Thursday, March 23, 2006

MERCER, Pa. – Penn State’s Mark Douglass stood in a room full of farmers and told them each how much money they’re losing every year.

Our readers reach out to Gulf Coast

Thursday, March 23, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Farm and Dairy readers sure know how to make a difference.
In a March 2 article, Ohio offers hand to Gulf Coast farmers, cattleman Duane Plessinger asked for help in his efforts to donate and deliver hay to Gulf Coast farmers still struggling to make ends meet months after hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

Raw milk fires up industry

Thursday, March 16, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – You can’t sell it. It’s that simple. But some people don’t seem to care. They want it – and believe in it – so fiercely they’ll do whatever it takes, even if it may bend the law.

Fewer farms but still a lot to honor

Thursday, March 16, 2006

RAVENNA, Ohio – Dairy farming in Portage County may not be what it once was. Fewer farms. Increasing encroachment.

Farm makes most of forage, genetics

Thursday, March 9, 2006

SAEGERTOWN, Pa. – In 1983, when Dick Byham kept his boss’s daughter out past her curfew, he thought for sure he’d be fired.

Past makes present burn brighter

Thursday, March 2, 2006

The dairyman stormed into the local paper and demanded to speak to the editor. His tone was “brusque, belligerent” and after he was directed to the appropriate spot, the “short oldish man with a rural turn to his speech, leaned the [butts] of his hands on the desk, stuck out a grizzled chin, and lit into the editor.

All in the family

Thursday, March 2, 2006

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio – Farming has its way of taking hold of lives, of families, of generations. For Jerry Lahmers’ family in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, that hold is particularly tight.

Ohio offers hand to Gulf Coast farmers

Thursday, March 2, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – With news of an impending hurricane, Louisiana cattlemen hauled their animals from the Gulf Coast to safety farther north.

Neighborly rewards — Father-son team honored

Thursday, February 23, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – It was a decade ago, a scorching summer Sunday, when Hollis and Lowell Kemp got up from the pews of their local church and walked out.

Pa. manure regs fire up industry

Thursday, February 16, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Recently proposed regulations would require Pennsylvania’s manure haulers and their employees to be certified and, in some cases, for the owner to be on-site during all applications.

Congress extends dairy support

Thursday, February 9, 2006

SALEM, Ohio – Dairy farmers may have their safety net back, thanks to Congress’ extension of a milk price support program.


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