Stories by Katie Woods

Phosphorus runoff studied at Ohio farms as reduction efforts begin

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Runoff from farms is one source of phosphorus that has contaminated Lake Erie, contributing to the toxic algae blooms that prompted a city-wide water ban in Toledo, Ohio in early August.

Weather is one factor in decreased butterfly population

Friday, August 8, 2014

The cold winter and wet spring are cited as two reasons why this year’s butterfly population is so low, according to The Washington Post.

Finding an alternative to mowers and weed whackers

Thursday, August 7, 2014

An alternative to mowers and weed whackers to clear stream banks has been tried by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, according to the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

USDA nutritional values still wrong after two decades

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1992′s food pyramid was replaced by the food plate in 2010, but more changes are coming in regards to what nutrition should look like.

Penn State uses trial and error to test flower varieties

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center uses trial-and-error to determine the types of flowers that will grow in the region.

Making homemade ice cream

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Making homemade ice cream can be as easy as using an old-fashioned hand-crank freezer or using the utensils and tools already found in your kitchen.

Ohio ranked fourth nationally in farmers markets

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ohio’s 311 reported farmers markets rank the state fourth in the nation on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s list, as reported by The Plain Dealer.

Farming as a side job

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The millennial generation is eager to start farming, but before they jump in feet first, some guidance is being offered to them.

$9 million to go to new minority and veteran farmers

Friday, August 1, 2014

According to Insurance News Net, over $9 million is being given to minorities and veterans who are new to the farming trade.

Homemade food sold through cottage-food law

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In Ohio, a variety of foods found at farmers markets and roadside stands are sold without license or inspection. These products are known as “cottage foods.”

New Clean Water Act rule causes concern for farmers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a new rule related to the Clean Water Act that includes protecting some wetlands and streams.

Farmland to be conserved in Pickaway County, Ohio

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Some farmland in Pickaway County, Ohio will now become a preserve due to efforts by the Appalachia Ohio Alliance, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Hot weather health: How to treat and prevent heat stroke

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It’s hot outside, so you should keep a close watch on your health. You can easily become susceptible to hyperthermia, which is when your body temperature is unusually high, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Urban farms prove to be beneficial to families and neighborhoods

Monday, July 28, 2014

It isn’t just out in the country that you can hear the sound of a hen clucking, according to The New York Times.

Minnesota teachers promote “agricultural literacy”

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Teachers in Minnesota are finding a new focus for “hands-on” learning for their students.

Gas compressor station could impact Pennsylvania farm

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that a compressor station used for transporting natural gas through pipelines may potentially be placed in the way of a Beaver County, Pa.’s organic farm.

Folk agriculture makes a comeback

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mountain Xpress tells of a “folk system” of agriculture is being promoted in Appalachia, drawing on food systems of days gone by.

Fruit recalled due to bacteria

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Plain Dealer reports that the large-scale recall of fruit this week has now grown to include Canada and other countries due to the discovery of the listeria bacteria on the fruit in Australia.

Ducks should be abundant for hunting season

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Columbus Dispatch reports that when fall and winter come around in Ohio, duck hunters should be in luck.

Western Illinois University offers resources to local farms

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AgriNews reports that Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture is not only nationally recognized, but also provides assistance to area farmers through their organic research farm.


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About Katie

Katie Woods is Farm and Dairy’s online content producer. She grew up in Columbiana, OH. Katie likes reading, enjoying the outdoors, and experimenting with craft projects.