Stories by Susan Mykrantz

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.

‘Twilight tour’ draws record crowd to Pine Tree Dairy in Ohio’s Wayne Co.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The family-run operation includes 40 members of the Steiner family, and is a contributor in the local economy.

A weekend of sheep and fiber arts on tap at Wayne Co. Fairgrounds

Friday, April 13, 2012

Great Lakes Fiber Show is offering workshops on dying, spinning and knitting techniques to move your projects from ordinary to extraordinary.

Holmes County Dairy Service Unit recognizes producers

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

WALNUT CREEK, Ohio — Holmes County has 35 herds totaling 4,600 cows on official test, and of those 35 herds, seven rank among the top herds in Ohio for production for 2011 among Jersey, Holstein, Guernsey and Brown Swiss herds. These producers were recognized during the annual dairy banquet March 26 at Carlisle Inn in […]

Wayne County dairy youth recognized

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sara Wolf (left) was first runner-up for Jr. dairy princess, Diane Gress (center) was named princess, and Dani Ballinger (right) was named Jr. Dairy Princess. Susan Mykrantz Click here for the main story. SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Diane Gress was crowned as the 2012 Wayne County dairy princess during the annual banquet of the Wayne County […]

Wayne County recognizes its best in dairy production

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wayne County Top herds include Spring Run Farm represented by Tom Wolf, (Ayrshires) Gary Dotterer, represented by Kevin Dotterer (Brown Swiss) Ben Alli Farm Jerseys, represented by Lisa Mangun (3x Jersey herd) and Cantendo/Grazeland Jerseys, represented by Cheryl King (2x Jerseys) Click here for a sidebar on youth awards. SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Over the past […]

Ashland Co. dairy producers honored

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Ashland County dairy producers were recognized for their accomplishments during the annual Ashland County Dairy Service Unit banquet. Ayers Farm, ranked in the top five percent in the state for production, was named as the top 3X herd in Ashland County for milk, fat and protein with 28,437 pounds of milk, 986 […]

A rewarding commitment: Wayne Co. Fair volunteers recognized

Thursday, September 15, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — The biggest single event in Wayne County wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of people who spend countless hours tending to the little details, according to Tom Stocksdale. Stocksdale, a member of the board of directors of the Wayne County Agricultural Society, told the audience at the board’s annual appreciation dinner that […]

Wayne Co. dairy twilight tour: Just small party for 1,800 of our closest friends

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Wayne County Dairy Service Unit kicked off its 50th anniversary with a big party for its friends — and 1,800 of them turned out for the group’s annual Dairy Twilight Tour at Bristol Dairy.

Great Lakes fiber show offers tips and tools

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — Do you want to learn to create unique yarn for a special project; fine tune your knitting skills; learn to tat or weave; or maybe needle felting? From classes in fiber arts to fleeces and yarn to fiber crafts and supplies, the 2011 Great Lakes Fiber Show is your source for tips, […]

Ohio sheep improvement group adopts new mission during annual meeting

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — -The adoption of a new mission statement for the Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association reflects the objectives of the group to generate enthusiasm for the sheep industry in Ohio, according to Kathy Bielek, president of the group. Members adopted their new mission statement — “To encourage the knowledge, growth and profitability of […]

Beekeeping: Somebody has to do it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — “We can always find bees, but we can’t always find beekeepers,” said Dr. James Tew, Ohio State University Extension bee specialist. “I can’t look at people and tell what makes them become beekeepers.” Speaker Tew was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Ohio State University Extension and Tri-County Beekeepers’ Workshop, March 4-5, […]

Farmland preservation preserves Ohio’s economy for the future

Saturday, February 5, 2011

By Susan Mykrantz WOOSTER, Ohio — Since 1950, Ohio has lost 7 million acres of farmland and ranks second in the nation in the development of prime farmland, according to Brian Williams, Farmland Policy Specialist with the mid-ohio regional planning commission. Williams added the development of prime farmland in Ohio was not to accommodate an […]

North Central Grazing Conference set for Jan. 27-28

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DALTON, Ohio — The 2011 North Central Ohio Grazing Conference, scheduled for Jan. 27-28, will offer ideas for managing resources, budgets and forage. The event will be held at the Buckeye Event Center, 624 Henry St., Dalton, OH 44618. The conference begins Jan. 27 at 8:45 with a presentation by Noah Yoder, a dairy grazier […]

Conservation promoters honored at Wayne Co. SWCD annual meeting

Thursday, November 25, 2010

WOOSTER, OHIO — The Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District named Fred Galehouse as the recipient of its Friend of Conservation Award during the 2010 annual meeting Following his graduation from The Ohio State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Galehouse started his drainage contracting business in 1948. He attended his first drainage contractors […]

Popularity of dairy sheep operations growing in all parts of the country

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By SUSAN MYKRANTZ Contributing writer WOOSTER, Ohio — When dairy sheep arrived on the agricultural radar screen in the early 1990s, many flocks were located in the eastern part of the U.S. Today, almost half of the 169 dairy sheep operations are commercial operations and can be found in 19 states, according to Yves Berger, […]

Wayne County 4-H honors outstanding members and volunteers at banquet

Monday, November 15, 2010

By SUSAN MYKRANTZ Contributing writer ORRVILLE, Ohio — -The recipients of the 2010 Wayne County Excellence in 4-H Award and Meritorious Service Award were recognized Nov. 4 during the annual member and volunteer recognition banquet. This year, the Excellence in 4-H Award went to Shelbie Aylsworth and Sarah Finney, while Priscilla Sprang received the Meritorious […]

Ashland County Fair results

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sept. 23 and 24, 2010 STEERS Grand champion: Nathan Keener Bid: $6.85/pound Weight: 1,296 pounds Buyer: Debbie and Zane Gross Reserve champion: Colton Hickey Bid: $3/pound Weight: 1,339 pounds Buyer: Sorellas II Restaurant Champion baby beef: Bobbi Jo Litten Bid: $3.75/pound Weight: 1,360 pounds Buyer: Fin, Feather & Fur Reserve champion baby beef: Shelby White […]

Showing dahlias is not for sissies!

Monday, June 28, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Experience in dairy judging and helping with the family showstring as a 4-H and FFA member taught me what to look for in a good dairy animal. But when I decided to try raising and exhibiting dahlias at the county fair, I was in for a whole new experience. Even though my […]

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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.