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Organic farmers may have a new way to kill weeds

Thursday, September 15, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – After your salad and fair fries, vinegar lingers on your taste buds. But it may be deadly when it lingers on the bud of a plant.

Belmont County junior fair sales up more than $18K

Thursday, September 15, 2005

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – In what may have been the last Belmont County Junior Fair Livestock Sale at the current location, the Sept.

Kent State student researcher wants to know what keeps farmers ticking

Thursday, September 15, 2005

KENT, Ohio – Sharon Claffey wants to learn about life on the farm. Claffey, a doctoral student at Kent State University, is researching the day-to-day lives of men who live and work on family farms.

Washington Co. crowd makes up for no records

Thursday, September 8, 2005

WASHINGTON, Pa. – While no records were broken, FFA and 4-H members in Washington County, Pa., had a nice crowd for their annual market livestock sale at the Washington County Agricultural Fair in Washington, Pa.

Taste to the test

Thursday, September 8, 2005

SHE ate graham crackers for breakfast, chili for lunch and 59 pies for a midafternoon snack. Apple, peach, pineapple, raisin, she tasted them all.

Geauga County relies on core group of buyers

Thursday, September 8, 2005

BURTON, Ohio – It was a new year with an entirely new set of winners at this year’s Geauga County Fair junior livestock sale.

Dry hydrants: A rural route to fire protection

Thursday, September 8, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Advancing rural fire protection one pond at a time, Ohio has installed more than 100 dry hydrants in the past three years.

Lambs, hogs, or steers, this girl can do it all

Thursday, September 1, 2005

RANDOLPH, Ohio – Katy Shircliff has two more years to bring her animals to the Portage County Fair. But she’s already worrying about the end of her 4-H days.

Sale total spikes again in Portage Co.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

RANDOLPH, Ohio – Tierney Ruehr promised a record would be set, even before the steer sale began. In just her second year showing a steer, she took grand champion honors at this year’s Portage County Fair, and she celebrated by contacting every person she could think of who might drop $8,000 to buy her Shorthorn.

$170,807 in sales at Lawrence County fair, up almost $49,000 since 2000

Thursday, August 25, 2005

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Despite the 90 degree weather and an afternoon downpour, buyers still made it out support the Lawrence County livestock sale.

Ag Progress Days: Pennsylvania starts farm bill debate

Thursday, August 25, 2005

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. – Even though the current farm bill won’t run out for another two years, the public is already weighing in on what needs to stay and what needs to go in 2007.

Saving money on the farm

Thursday, August 25, 2005

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. – Could there be any good news when it comes to record high gas prices? Yes, says

Dan Tronge

Thursday, August 18, 2005

SUFFIELD, Ohio – “Let’s see if we can make him cry,” the teacher tells his class. Halfway into the showmanship clinic, a boy just walked in with his steer and the other kids are wide-eyed, not knowing what’s in store for their friend.

Pure Fun

Thursday, August 18, 2005

More than 300 Tuscarawas County 4-H’ers took over the fairgrounds in Dover, Ohio, earlier this summer.

Hogweed creeps into northeast Ohio

Thursday, August 18, 2005

JEFFERSON, Ohio – A weed described as a freak of nature has spread across Pennsylvania and is making its way through Ohio.

Longtime 4-H volunteer still preaches ‘learn by doing’

Thursday, August 18, 2005

PORTERSVILLE, Pa. – After more than six decades of 4-H involvement, 77-year-old Marge McElwain-Miller has finally called it quits.

Buyers support youth in Mercer County

Thursday, August 18, 2005

MERCER, Pa. – This year’s champion record at the Mercer County 4-H Roundup didn’t go to the steer, the hog or even the goat.

Geauga County Fair: A ‘miniature’ fair attraction

Thursday, August 18, 2005

BURTON, Ohio – Nancy Mayors walks out of the barn, into the pasture, and taps her hand insistently on her thigh.

Local mill offers stone grinding

Thursday, August 11, 2005

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Gaston’s Mill in Beaver Creek State Park is offering custom grain grinding for local farmers.

Deer Run Farm: Three’s enough

Thursday, August 11, 2005

NORTON, Ohio – Three acres isn’t much to many farmers, but Mark Welton and his family have made the most it.

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