Stories by Former Farm and Dairy Reporters

FSA offices will not close

Thursday, October 27, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Just weeks after the USDA announced it would be closing more than 700 Farm Service Agency offices across the country, it scrapped its plans.

Entangled in grief: Coping with tragedy takes new twists with farm families

Thursday, October 27, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – A family member’s death is difficult, but when it’s on a farm, the loss takes another challenging dynamic.

Dairy buyouts continue, increase

Thursday, October 20, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – The dairy program that began in 2003 with promises to boost farmers’ milk checks is working on its biggest year yet.

Not just for looks

Thursday, October 20, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Picture it. A crystal bowl. Mounds of vibrant green, leafy lettuce. Red cherry tomatoes nestled inside.

Mapping out the makeover

Thursday, October 20, 2005

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition raised more than a house for Boardman resident Jeff Novak and his three daughters. It built awe and amazement in those who swung by Arlene Avenue to watch about 2,000 subcontractors swarm on the home during construction.

Portage Co. SWCD: With this man, there’s laughter

Thursday, October 13, 2005

KENT, Ohio – If you would’ve walked into the Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting Oct.

MILC program expires

Thursday, October 6, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Dairy farmers are officially on their own. The price support program, which kept their milk checks coming even when prices dropped, expired Sept.

Open wide — There’s a mouthful to know about horse dentistry

Thursday, October 6, 2005

NEWBURY, Ohio – Novocain and fluoride take a back seat to sedatives and floating devices at this dentist appointment.

Farm Service Agency set to close 28 Ohio offices

Thursday, October 6, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Over the next six weeks, Ohio’s Farm Service Agency will take a hard look at each of its 72 county offices and decide which 28 need to go.

Tuscarawas County bidders raise nearly $360,000

Thursday, September 29, 2005

DOVER, Ohio – Buyers settled in for a long night at the Tuscarawas County Fair’s junior livestock sale Sept.

Portage County Farm Bureau honors past, present ag promoters

Thursday, September 29, 2005

RAVENNA, Ohio – Portage County Farm Bureau, known for keeping its honorees’ names under wraps until the last moment, surprised another member at this year’s annual banquet.

Pasture project helps with planning

Thursday, September 29, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Thanks to a new research project, Ohio graziers may have another tool to manage their pastures.

Historic bulls get a second ‘life’

Thursday, September 22, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Two hundred thousand semen units, 6,000 bulls, 43 breeds, 45 years old. That’s what one artificial insemination company handed to the Agricultural Research Service earlier this year and what has kept animal geneticist Harvey Blackburn busy every since.

Stark Farm Bureau focuses on policies and awards

Thursday, September 22, 2005

CANTON, Ohio – After donating their time and effort to the Farm Bureau for more than 40 years, Herb and Doris Snyder received the Distinguished Service Award from the Stark County Farm Bureau.

Farmers log on to LOVE

Thursday, September 22, 2005

THEY come from Texas, Wyoming, California, Vermont and Columbus. They’re grandparents, college students and single parents.

A new reality TV show helps an Iowa dairy farmer’s dream come true

Thursday, September 15, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – On NBC’s new reality show, Three Wishes, wishes really do come true. Iowa dairy farmers Terry and Amy Aberson will have their wish granted Sept.

From preserving America to conserving wildlife

Thursday, September 15, 2005

NEW CUMBERLAND, W. Va. – With five Silver Stars under his belt, retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Bahnsen is working on preserving something other than America.


Thursday, September 15, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Four years ago, Joe Timko came home and found a business card tucked in his front door that permanently changed his view of the forestry world.

After Trumbull Co. farm is torched,dairyman thinks about trying again

Thursday, September 15, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Three months ago, tormented by the thought of his dairy herd burning in their tiestalls, Dave Klingensmith wasn’t sure if he’d ever milk a cow again.

The ultimate COLLECTOR

Thursday, September 15, 2005

YOU can’t imagine this collection unless you’ve seen it, but try for a minute. You’re at Chuck Plott’s farm in Southington, Ohio, out back in a 60-by-150 building that, from the outside, just looks like part of his meat processing business and retail store.


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