Stories by Former Farm and Dairy Reporters

PROGRESS: Getting the real deal on deer

Thursday, June 16, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Ask most deer farmers and you’ll hear the same thing: Back when he or she began deer farming, whether it was six or 16 years ago, there weren’t many others around, but now it seems deer farms are everywhere.

PROGRESS: Growing sweet and slow

Thursday, June 9, 2005

SUGARCREEK, Ohio – Generation by generation, cow by cow, barn by barn, the Deetz family farm has morphed into a sprawling, successful operation in Ohio’s dairy corridor.

Making the most of their milk

Thursday, June 9, 2005

BEALLSVILLE, Ohio – To be prosperous in the dairy industry since 1867 means the Scheiderer family must be doing things right.

PROGRESS: Garlic packs a strong profitability punch

Thursday, June 9, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Curried coconut shrimp, teriyaki steak wraps and stuffed portobello mushrooms. What’s similar? They all call for garlic, and as more cooks are adding it to their recipes, more farmers are adding it to their fields.

Riding away

Thursday, May 26, 2005

THE first time Linda Hren fought cancer was bad enough. But getting it back months later was far worse.

Manage your woodlands for wildlife

Thursday, May 19, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Songbirds hiding in the brush, wild turkeys eating acorns, and white-footed mice darting between trees.

Treasuring the Orchids

Thursday, May 5, 2005

RAVENNA, Ohio – The artistic curve of the stem, with its end bending under the weight of stark white blooms, attracted Beth Straubhaar to her first orchid 15 years ago.

Building blocks

Thursday, April 28, 2005

LISBON, Ohio – First, John Garwood’s students pored over the bluebird box blueprints, all those numbers and directions.

Small Farm and Rural Living Expo – New expo zeroes in on small farmers

Thursday, April 28, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Fifteen years ago, interest began to wane in a Pennsylvania expo catering to small farmers.

Farmers question milk price volatility

Thursday, April 28, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Ohio and New York farmers visited the Chicago Mercantile Exchange April 18 and demanded greater transparency into who is trading in the market and how it’s affecting dairy prices.

4,500-cow dairy gets the OK

Thursday, April 21, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Ohio’s largest proposed dairy, a 4,500-cow operation, is set to begin construction in western Ohio within the next two months.

Organic milk is in the green

Thursday, April 14, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Steve Hackenbracht travels across Ohio and Pennsylvania telling farmers to overhaul their operations.

Certifier gives brief look at organic rules

Thursday, April 14, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – The rules for organic certification fill several booklets, but the gist of most of them is to treat the cows humanely, said organic certifier Stephen Sears.

Ohio’s meat processing rules clarified

Thursday, April 7, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Farmers want to get their beef and pork into their neighbors’ stomachs and make a little profit at the same time.

Another rainy spring?

Thursday, April 7, 2005


Grape producers get help after imports force their prices down

Thursday, April 7, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Foreign imports drove down prices for Concord juice grape producers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York in 2003.

Missing a saddle? Maybe you were robbed

Thursday, March 31, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – A year ago, owners were looking for their saddles. Now saddles are in need of their owners.

A long way from ‘home’

Thursday, March 24, 2005

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Spreading thin

Thursday, March 24, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Steve Miller cut his fertilizer use in half in the last three years and still wound up with the best soybean yield of his life last fall.

One man’s experience with food waste biosolids

Thursday, March 24, 2005

SALEM, Ohio – Biosolid doesn’t mean just municipal waste, it’s also food processing waste.


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