Stories by Travis Loudin

Another world heard from

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Representatives of the Columbiana County, Ashtabula County and Carroll County Junior Fair Boards traveled together on a bus to the Ohio Fair Manager’s Convention in Columbus on January 5, 2010. Columbiana County sent 13 youth, Carroll County sent 6 representatives and Ashtabula had 8 for a total of 27 youth plus advisors. The youth spent […]

The Great Elephant?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Washington County (Pa.) 4-H’er Erin Rice thought her long-stemmed pumpkin was just right to turn into an elephant for the Chesapeake Energy Giant Pumpkin contest Oct. 3 in Washington, Pa.

Fun at Ridgeview Farm

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ridgeview Farm, located in Mesopotamia Township, Trumbull County, SR 87, hosts fall fun weekends Sept. 26 thru Oct. 28 from noon to 5, and it’s lots of fun, as these pumpkin painters discovered.

Behind the scenes

Friday, September 11, 2009

If you happen to drive down the alley behind Farm and Dairy’s Salem, Ohio, offices during breaktime, you might have to pause for a cornhole game. Here copy editor Eric Hamilton and intern Emily Caldwell go head to head.

Rowing the boat ashore

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Northwestern-Wayne FFA’ers had to break up the serious sessions at their leadership retreat with a little teamwork and bonding on the water. You know what they say, “All work and no play…”

Breaking news!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

You can now find just about anything dipped in batter and fried at your local fair. The Ohio State Fair featured — what else — a deep-fried buckeye, along with deep-fried Twinkies, and even a deep-fried PBJ sandwich.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fifteen-month-old Brady bellied up to the dairy bar at the Columbiana Buckeye Dairy Boosters stand at the Columbiana County Fair to enjoy a chocolate cone.

An Unlikely Duo

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Poppy, the kitty, adores Corkey the donkey, who seems to share the sentiment–or at least tolerates it. Karen Kirsch of Louisville, Ohio, shares this great shot!

Washington County Farm

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Not a cloud in the sky (well, almost). Jack Perry shares this scene from an active family farm deep in old rural Washington County, Ohio.

Kiss the Pig

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Harrison County Commissioner Barbara Pincola loses the Kiss the Pig Contest at this year’s fair and has to pucker up to the Grand Champion Hog during this year’s Harrison County Fair.

Junior Judges

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A small but energetic group participated in the Pa. Holstein Association’s junior judging school, hosted July 9-10, in Beaver-Lawrence counties. The junior judges placed 12 classes and worked on reasons and public speaking during their 24 hours together.

Photo by David Marrison, OSU Extension

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Waist and granddaughter high by the 4th of July. Analese and Gidget Marrison check out their grandpa’s corn (Lester Marrison) this past holiday weekend in Ashtabula County.

Inferiority complex

Friday, June 5, 2009

It may have been old and rusty, but this little ol’ tractor held its own in the lineup of its newer buddies that were part of West Branch FFA’s annual Tractor Day.

A dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Farm and Dairy reporter Kristy Foster snapped this photo one day out on assignment. Like any good farm dog, this one knows how to work the cattle waterer.

Ready to conquer the world

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Emily Caldwell of Beaver Falls, Pa., proudly walked across the stage in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium last weekend, with sheepskin in one hand and Farm and Dairy in the other. Well, not exactly, but Caldwell is especially proud to hold up this front page, since it carries her byline — the first of many to […]

Chemical-Free Lake Cleaning in Goshen

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Members of the Stockmen’s Market Livestock 4-H Club in Mahoning County recently completed a community service project at Bricker Homestead Park in Goshen Township, including purchasing white amur fish to release to help clean the lake in a chemical-free way.

Southern Local FFA Petting Zoo

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Southern Local FFA’ers Bryan Brinker and Michael Caroline taught young students about pigs during the petting zoo held earlier this spring for K-2 grades.

Snakes on the brain

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brookfield 4-H Friends member Emily Bailey shows off her pet snake at the club’s April meeting.

Mapleton FFA Fun

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The future’s so bright for Mapleton FFA’ers Jared Wynn and Diana Burton that they’ve gotta wear shades. The duo was having a little fun during the Mapleton FFA chapter’s recent awards banquet.

Future Grazier

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Kyleigh, a future grazier, is only a little taller than the grazing stick distributed at a recent eastern Ohio grazing school. The stick is used to measure available forage, but Kyleigh may find other uses for it.


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