Stories by Janelle Skrinjar

About Janelle

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

Uganda: Building a foundation

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — After the rebels killed her husband, Santa didn’t know what to do. Her country had been ripped apart by a civil war, resources were scarce and she was suddenly all alone with five children.

Voters reject levy for Harrison County SWCD

Thursday, March 27, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Harrison County voters have turned down a 0.5 mil levy that would’ve brought much-needed financial support to their soil and water conservation district. The levy, which went before voters on the March 4 ballot, failed by about 700 votes. While it was a disappointing result, the district is still hoping to move […]

Roof collapses at John Deere dealership

Thursday, March 27, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The snow in Carlisle Township piled up inch after inch March 9. At least a foot had fallen and strong winds swirled the flakes into gigantic drifts. At Polen Implement on Oberlin-Elyria Road, the snow heaped onto the roof all day and throughout the night. When the employees of the Lorain County […]

A world of wood

Thursday, March 27, 2008

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio — Joe Leonard has carved his career with just some well-used chisels, a little imagination and a lot of patience. He’s been a custom wood carver for more than 35 years, creating the kind of art that few would even attempt. In Leonard’s Garrettsville, Ohio, workshop, the wood shavings and the hours pile […]

Internet can be beef marketing magic

Thursday, March 20, 2008

COLUMBUS — Whether you’ve got 12 cows or 1,200 cows, the Internet can be a valuable marketing tool, according to auctioneer Kevin Wendt. With more than 65 percent of Americans using the Internet regularly, the Web is not just a passing phase. “The World Wide Web is here to stay,” Wendt said during an educational […]

Riding with Sancho at Ohio Beef Expo

Thursday, March 20, 2008

COLUMBUS — Children stood on their tiptoes to peer through the fence. Adults craned their necks to peek over the gate. Faces in the crowd changed as the minutes passed, but the size of the group packed around Sancho’s pen rarely dwindled. It seemed like an unnerving situation for the 2,200-pound Texas Longhorn. But he […]

Where the long road leads

Thursday, March 13, 2008

UNITY, Ohio — Traffic on state Route 14 near Unity, Ohio, slowed to a crawl during the early afternoon of March 7. Snowflakes whirled through the air as drivers squinted, trying to make sense of the arched, lumbering form in the roadway. As car after car approached the strange figure, drivers gawked. Some turned their […]

National well-being standards considered for dairies

Thursday, March 13, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — WOOSTER, Ohio — Dairy farmers still have time to weigh in on the proposed guidelines for theNational Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative. The initiative, introduced Oct. 4 at the World Dairy Expo, is a producer-led coalition that hopes to provide broad assurance that the dairy industry is looking out for animals’ best interests. […]

Dairy farmers discuss current events

Thursday, March 13, 2008

WOOSTER, Ohio — Dairy farming is about more than just milking cows. Today’s producer has to keep an eye on everything from labeling issues to renewable energy. Ohio dairy farmers gathered March 4 in Wooster for updates on these topics and others. The Ohio Dairy Producers Association conference brought together state and national experts to answer several […]

Friendly Trapper puts advice on CD

Thursday, March 6, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The Friendly Trapper has compiled his best tips, tricks and time-honored advice on a 75-minute CD.

Program focuses on grass-fed products

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A new grass-fed beef and lamb initiative in Ohio is reaching out to both sides of the market.

Program focuses on grass-fed products

Thursday, February 28, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — A new grass-fed beef and lamb initiative in Ohio is reaching out to both sides of the market. The program, which benefits producers and consumers, aims to increase direct marketing opportunities for grass-fed meat products, according to Leah Miller, director of Ohio’s Small Farm Institute. Marketing grass-fed meat can be difficult because, unlike […]

Levy would fund soil and water conservation district in Harrison Co.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Voters in Harrison County will be asked to support a 0.5 mil levy for their soil and water conservation district March 4.

Helping hands

Thursday, February 21, 2008

DORSET, Ohio — Reid Fetters had just finished helping his neighbors with chores when it hit him. The pain was so intense, so fierce, it took his breath away. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Reid said. “I’ve never felt such a headache and I went straight to my knees.” It was two […]

Ohio pork producers address animal

Thursday, February 14, 2008

COLUMBUS — Pork producers from across Ohio met in Columbus last week to sort through several issues centered around animal care. Sow housing, feeding systems and hog health were among the topics discussed at this year’s Ohio Pork Congress, held Feb. 5-6. With so many issues demanding attention from Ohio’s hog farmers, it can be […]

What’s the big deal about soil testing?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

CORTLAND, Ohio — With fertilizer prices on the rise, farmers are scrambling to keep their profit in their wallets instead of putting it on their fields. While skipping the fertilizer altogether isn’t a very good idea, two researchers from Ohio State University say there’s at least one simple thing producers can do to save money: […]

Mobile science lab for southwest Pa. touts agriculture

Thursday, February 7, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Two western Pennsylvania Farm Bureau groups have raised more than $100,000 to purchase a new Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab. The Armstrong County and Beaver/Lawrence County Farm Bureaus have been raising funds for the lab since May and recently received a $50,000 grant from Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections to put them over […]

U.S. farmers lend a hand in Uganda

Thursday, January 31, 2008

SALEM, Ohio – A brutal civil war. Farmers forced from their land. Crowded displaced persons camps. Murder.

Pa. softens its stance on dairy labeling

Thursday, January 24, 2008

SALEM, Ohio – Pennsylvania will soon see a change in its milk labeling laws, but it’s not the change the state has anticipated since October.

Mixing it up

Thursday, January 24, 2008

WAYNESBURG, Ohio – Mike Roberts says he has the Heinz 57 of farms. There’s a little of everything on his 180 acres in Carroll County – meat chickens, egg-laying chickens, turkeys, beef cattle, dairy cattle, garden produce, homemade biodiesel.

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