Stories by Jim Mizik

About Jim

Jim Mizik has been the district technician for the Noble Soil and Water Conservation District since 1999. He also raises beef cattle with his son, Jeremy, on his family farm.

Paint fades, but healthy soil does not

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Take a little time and a little money and take a good look at the fertility level of your fields. When was the last time you pulled a soil test for that corner pasture that you can only graze for a few days a month cause there’s not much grass? For that matter, when’s the last time you sampled your best field?

What is sustainable agriculture, really?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Writing Dirt on Conservation articles is a rewarding task that all the soil and water staff members who write take seriously. We all want the readers to know what we do, how we do it and who we do it with. My problem is coming up with a topic that hasn’t already been covered and […]

Farming technology takes to the air

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Back when I was just a little feller, my dad would take some of us up to the brand new Noble County Airport for a “fly-in” that was sponsored each year by the Noble Soil and Water District. Our county was one of the beneficiaries of former Gov. Rhodes’ effort to build an air strip […]

Timber sales require education, caution

Thursday, August 22, 2013

If there’s one thing that most Farm and Dairy readers have learned in the past couple of years, it’s that when you deal with someone who is interested in the natural resources under your property, you need a long agreement that covers every imaginable scenario to protect your land and secure the future for you […]

Blue green algae: You don’t need to fix the problem if it doesn’t happen in the first place

Thursday, March 14, 2013

If you raise crops, and fertilizer is your biggest expense, then it only makes sense to use it wisely, and following the 4Rs can increase productivity and minimize the environmental impact of continuous cropping.

It’s important to know — and care — where your food comes from

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Writing an article about conservation is normally not very hard for most folks that work for a Soil & Water Conservation District. If you’re employed at a place that promotes an ideology that you embrace, then the passion is always present, and writing things about what you do is relatively easy. Lesson If you fail […]

Soil and Water Stewardship Week: A time to stop and think

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Each day of your life, you pick up a fork or spoon and eat. Most all of us eat at least three times a day, but do you ever think about where all of your food — and the food everybody else eats — comes from? For some, the answer may be from my freezer […]

Plan ahead to avoid repeat of 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 will certainly be remembered for a long time as one of the wettest on record. I can’t cite any “official” data, but we’ve had at least 12 more inches of rain this year than our average.

Older mines leave environmental problems behind, but hope is renewed

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Everyone likes a success story, and when Maggie Corder from Jefferson SWCD wrote a couple of weeks ago about the things that were done in her county to improve the quality of water in Yellow Creek, she inspired me to write about the work that’s just beginning here in Noble County. Mining This story began […]

There’s no better way to learn about agriculture than visiting a farm

Thursday, April 7, 2011

We are a rural area, but by now many of these students are at least two generations removed from any family member involved in agriculture. They may live near a farm, or pass farms on the way to school every day, but what they know about farming or the environment is very limited.

The New Deal was the real deal

Thursday, December 30, 2010

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” When Franklin D. Roosevelt used these words in the first hundred days of 1933, he was introducing the U.S. to a new way of thinking. In the previous few years, […]

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