Stories by Susan Mykrantz

Family Farm Field Day: Strong agriculture builds strong families, communities

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Holmes County’s Family Farm Field day held at the Reuben and Catherine Yoder farm in Dundee.

Horse Progress Days features the best in plain equipment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Horses and horse-drawn equipment continue to evolve, become more efficient.

Cold Run Jerseys is hot, hot, hot

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Not only do they have one of the top ranked herds in Ohio — and also in the United States — for milk, fat and protein production, they bred a number of Excellent cows carrying their Cold Run Jerseys prefix.

Holmes County recognizes top dairy producers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top dairy production awards, herds recognized at annual meeting.

Holmes SWCD honors Mineral Ridge Farm

Thursday, December 12, 2013

As a commissioner, David Hall was a champion for agriculture and natural resources in Holmes County and he carried that respect and passion with him to Columbus when he was elected to state legislature and a position as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

OHSIA workshop is Sept. 28

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

KIDRON, Ohio — The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association will hold their fall workshop “Breeding and Selecting Sheep for Maximum Profit” Sept. 28 at the Sprunger Building on the grounds of the Kidron Livestock Auction in Kidron. The Sprunger Building is located at 4885 Kidron Road, Kidron. Topics include “Selection Principles and Overview” by Dale […]

Ashland Farm Bureau, Soil and Water Conservation District holds joint meeting

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ashland County Farm Bureau teamed up with the Ashland County Soil and Water Conservation District to host a joint annual meeting at Mohican Wilderness Adventures in Loudonville, Aug. 12.

Wayne County Dairy Twilight Tour goes robotic

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — More milk, reduced labor needs and calm cows are just a few of the benefits of the robotic milkers at Ro-La-Sue Dairy in Wooster.  Owned and operated by Clifford and Rod Scheibe and family, the farm was the site for the 2013 Dairy Twilight Tour, sponsored by the Wayne County Dairy Service […]

Award-winning farmer says good people are key to success on dairy farm

Monday, June 10, 2013

Troyer is no stranger to recognition for his accomplishments in the dairy industry as he has ranked among the top herds in Wayne County for production and high cows, as well as low somatic cell counts over the past several years.

Ohio sheep grazing tour is July 12

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CHARM, Ohio —Just a few seats remain for the Sheep Grazing Management Tour July 12 in Holmes County. The tour will be conducted in the scenic Charm area, with stops at four sheep farms owned by Amish producers. Topics to be discussed will include information for the beginning sheep farmer using low-cost start-up investment, cool […]

CNG makes sense for Smith Dairy

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — Smith Dairy is committed to sustainability for their company as well as their customers, said Chuck Diehl, fleet manager for Smith Dairy in Orrville, Ohio. Established in 1909, Smith Dairy has plants in Richmond, Ind. and Pacific, Mo. in addition to their main plant in Orrville. Diehl was the featured presenter at […]

Wayne County honors top managed dairy herds

Thursday, March 28, 2013

By SUSAN MYKRANTZContributing Writer SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Over the years, the Wayne County Dairy Service Unit has recognized the county’s outstanding milk producers during its annual banquet. This year, they also recognized the county’s best-managed dairy farms during the annual banquet at The Barn Restaurant. Management emphasis Matt Kauffman, a member of the Dairy Service […]

Sheep conserved by program

Friday, March 22, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — After winning a Border Leicester in the 2012 Youth Conservation Program, Taylor Howman, of Wooster, is now encouraging other young shepherds to enter the 2013 contest. The purpose of the Youth Conservationist Program is to introduce young shepherds to breeds of sheep not commonly found in the United States. The ultimate goal […]

Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association honors Suzie Gortner

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Suzie Gortner received the Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association’s Meritorious Service Award winner during the annual banquet at the Wayne County Schools Career Center. Gortner served as secretary/treasurer of the group for nine years and helped coordinate many of the group’s activities during her tenure. Gortner and her husband raise and show […]

Ashland Dairy Service Unit honors top herds; talks about the future of farming

Monday, March 4, 2013

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — A comedian, a report on what is going on in Washington and the outlook for the dairy industry were on the agenda for the 2013 Ashland County Dairy Service Unit annual meeting. Darrell Kick, field representative for Congressman Bob Gibbs, told Ashland county dairy producers that right now it looks like the […]

Event introduces people to the taste of lamb

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — When Don Brown heard about a grant made possible by the American Lamb Board he took a chance and filled out an application. The result was an $800 grant which the Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association used to introduce consumers to the taste of lamb. Funds from the grant were used to […]

Plans are set for the northcentral Ohio grazing conference in Dalton, Ohio

Thursday, December 13, 2012

DALTON, Ohio — Managing the farm under drought conditions will be among the topics covered at the 2013 Northcentral Ohio Grazing Conference, Jan. 24-25 at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton, Ohio. The conference opens Jan. 24 with a presentation by Mark Martin, who operates a grazing dairy near Shiloh, Ohio.Following Martin will be Edwin […]

Velvet View Farm receives Holmes SWCD conservation award

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The 2012 drought serves as a reminder as to why soil and water conservation districts were formed over 70 years ago, and why it’s important to recognize the work of landowners like the Schlauch family.

Wayne County Farm Bureau ODA director: Agriculture is big deal

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — David Daniels is passionate about keeping Ohio agriculture a strong industry. “Ohio agriculture is a $105 billion industry,” said Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, at the 2012 Wayne County Farm Bureau annual meeting held at Ramseyer’s Pumpkin Patch in Smithville. “That is a big deal. If it had not […]

Ashland County Farm Bureau honors Marcia Lahmers

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau members in Ashland County get update from Rep. Bob Gibbs; vote on suggested policies.

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About Susan

Freelance writer Susan Mykrantz has been writing for Farm and Dairy since 1989. She is a graduate of the ag college at Ohio State University and also serves as editor of the "Ohio Jersey News." She lives in Wayne County.