Stories by Janelle Skrinjar

Ohio’s dairy labeling law goes to court

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ohio’s new dairy labeling law is being challenged in court.

A new view on cattle production

Thursday, July 10, 2008

When Max and Mary VanBuren moved to a reclaimed strip mine farm near Lisbon, Ohio, in 1999, they were aiming to do something a little unconventional.

One farm, one family, one fresh start

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Like a person, sometimes a farm just needs the chance to start over. At New Beginning Stable in Kent, Ohio, Jason and Charlene Curtis are wiping the slate clean and breathing life into a farm that was once a black cloud over its community.

Ready to ride

Thursday, June 26, 2008

There are few moments in life that compare to the feeling of sitting atop a bucking, spinning, kicking bull. There are even fewer moments that compare to the feeling of hearing that eight-second buzzer and knowing you finished the ride.

Columbiana County man is using wind to power his home

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

One night in May, Greg Courtney woke up to the sound of wind gusting around his house and rattling his windows. It billowed across his yard going at least 20 miles per hour, but Courtney wasn’t worried. In fact, it made him smile. When the wind blows, he makes money.

History of polled Holsteins is online

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Polled Holsteins represent just a fraction of dairy cows in the U.S., but Larry Specht has always been intrigued by these naturally hornless cattle.

Scammers now targeting hay sellers

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Phony lottery winnings and “discounted” name-brand luxuries have been long-time favorites of scam artists. Their too-good-to-be-true offers have emptied bank accounts and left victims helpless to do anything about it. But now, scammers are targeting a new group. Farmers — and anyone else who buys or sells agricultural goods — should be on the look out for suspicious offers.

Business Profile: Hoopes Fertilizer

Friday, June 13, 2008

EAST ROCHESTER, Ohio — A piece of equipment at Hoopes Fertilizer is putting a new twist on an old job.

Taking it to the street

Thursday, June 12, 2008

In mid-May, the anticipation at Kretschmann Farm is unmistakable. Workers scurry from field to field, tractors wait impatiently for drivers and Don Kretschmann walks with an urgent step. It’s growing season and every minute counts.

Co-op supports Amish farmers in Ohio and Pa.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Several years ago, members of the Amish community in and around Wayne County, Ohio, noticed a change in their culture. Farming, which once served as the core of their lifestyle, was on its way out.

Preparing a path for the next generation (Part 2)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

David Raber farms with one goal in mind. He knows it’s important to grow quality products and turn a profit, but his intentions reach far beyond the annual growing season. Raber wants to give his children a way of life, a place to raise their families someday.

Preparing a path for the next generation (Part 1)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

For Henry “Junior” Wengerd, the farm is everything. It’s a school for his children, a nursing home for his parents and the place he wants to retire. It’s much more than a way to make a living. For Wengerd and his family, the farm is a way to make a life.

They’ve been waiting 17 years for this

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The last time cicadas from Brood XIV emerged, George Bush Sr. was leading the nation, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was on prime time, and a gallon of gasoline cost $1.15.

Since 1991, this brood has been feeding and maturing underground in southwestern Ohio, central and eastern Pennsylvania, western West Virginia and nearly all of Kentucky.

DFA finds improper $1 million payment

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dairy Farmers of America has discovered two of its former senior representatives were involved in an unauthorized transfer of $1 million.

FSA must release farm data

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. has handed down a ruling that required USDA’s Farm Service Agency to release information about farming operations to Multi Ag Media, a Chicago marketing firm.

Energy bill is approved in Ohio

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ohio lawmakers have agreed on a bill that could set the state’s energy policy.

Farmers join to build cheese house

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Over the past two years, several dairy farms in Ohio’s Belmont County area have been forced to close their doors. Lower milk prices in 2006, coupled with the high cost of inputs, kept farmers from making ends meet and some felt they had no choice but to get out of the business.

Good news for Southeast High School FFA

Thursday, April 24, 2008

It’s not every day that $50,000 falls into your lap. Even if you’re lucky, there’s a good chance you’ll never see this kind of windfall.

Erie Refuge to create conservation plan

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Changes could be coming to the Erie National Wildlife Refuge in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Farms won’t sink, thanks to FarmLink

Thursday, April 17, 2008

City streets and skyscrapers don’t make the best elements for farming. But Jessica and Emmy Levine have found those metropolitan components don’t necessarily prevent agriculture, either.

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About Janelle

Former reporter Janelle Skrinjar wrote for Farm and Dairy from 2005 to 2009.