Stories by Janelle Skrinjar

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.


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About Janelle

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