Stories by Susan Crowell

Herbivores + light = more plant biodiversity

Monday, March 17, 2014

Light availability at the ground level appears to be a big factor in maintaining or losing plant species biodiversity.

Ohio Holstein Association comes out of conflict renewed

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It was a difficult year for members of the Ohio Holstein Association, but they made it clear at their annual meeting March 7-8 in Alliance they are ready to move on.

Pa. Holstein Convention Sale averages $3,933

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Braxton daughter topped the 2014 Pa. Holstein Convention Sale with a bid of $19,000.

Chesapeake Energy reports 2013 finances; still waiting on infrastructure in Utica shale

Friday, February 28, 2014

As of Dec. 31, 2013, Chesapeake has drilled 425 wells in the Utica, including 230 producing wells and 195 wells awaiting pipeline connection or in various stages of completion.

OSHA backs off small farm target

Thursday, February 27, 2014

OSHA backed off its previous enforcement directive regarding on-farm grain storage, and emphasized that farms with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from OSHA inspection or enforcement activities.

Farm failures: We didn’t plan for it to happen…

Friday, February 14, 2014

Stephen Covey had a great quote that is worthy of every bulletin board: “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Vilsack and Sherrod Brown team up to push farm bill as economic driver

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the 2014 farm bill in a sweep through Ohio Jan. 31 that included the Ohio Farmers Union annual meeting in Columbus.

4-H can make a difference in child’s life

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adolescents can be significantly influenced by factors in their homes, schools and communities. And 4-H participation can be a huge difference-maker.

Ohio cattlemen honor Carpers; Gahler named Young Cattleman of Year

Monday, January 27, 2014

The need to increase the Ohio beef checkoff was a repeated theme during the annual meeting of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Jan. 25.

Court: Manure is not a pollutant

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wisconsin court: “Manure in the hands of a dairy farmer is not a ‘waste’ product; it is a natural fertilizer.”

Pa. Farm Show ‘Today’s Agriculture’ exhibit exposes what really happens on farms today

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The words under the Today’s Agriculture logo are sage: “Opening the Doors: Farming, Knowledge, Trust.” Being transparent about what goes on in our barns goes a long way to earning consumers’ trust.

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett declares Jan. 9 ‘Cooperative Extension Day’

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pennsylvania’s governor proclaimed Jan. 9 Cooperative Extension Day, in recognition of the 100 years since the formation of the land grant outreach program started by the Smith-Lever Act.

The Countryman’s Year: Old diary rekindles simple gratitude

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Finding words of wisdom in a 1936 journal: “Blessed is the man who can enjoy the small things, the common beauties: the little day-by-day events, sunshine on the fields… So many people who go afield for enjoyment leave it behind them at home.” –David Grayson (pen name for Ray Stannard Baker).

You might not want to regift these

Monday, December 23, 2013

Regifting? There are some things that you’ve received or used on the farm that are probably better left in the shed.

EPA needs science integrity, yes, but…

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The new EPA scientific integrity czar has spent a lifetime espousing the separation of politics and science-based policy. And she’s coming into an agency with what some would argue a predisposition for regulatory overreach and a politicization of the regulatory process.

Cheese diplomacy and desserts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Although I’m sure it’s been the source of family feuds, nothing brings people together like food. Cheese diplomacy and other dairy news tidbits.

Barbara Stoll wrapping up 28 years with USDA’s Farm Service Agency

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Stark County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Barbara Stoll is retiring Nov. 30.

Carrollton Farmers Exchange expanding with dry and liquid fertilizer

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Carrollton Farmers Exchange is expanding with a 1,100 ton dry fertilizer bulk storage and blending facility, and the addition of a liquid fertilizer plant with 44,000-gallon capacity.

Write Lois Alt a thank-you note

Friday, November 1, 2013

Court rules W.Va. poultry farm is exempt from the NPDES permit requirement of the Clean Water Act. And that’s good news for all livestock farmers.

Video sensations Peterson Farm Brothers at the Farm Science Review: ‘We’re just Kansas farm kids’

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Greg, Nathan and Kendal Peterson are just typical farm kids. (If you consider receiving YouTube marriage proposals typical.)

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Farm and Dairy Editor Susan Crowell has been with the paper since 1985, serving as its editor since 1989. Raised on a farm in Holmes County, she is a graduate of Kent State University.You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/scrowell and follow Farm and Dairy at http://twitter.com/farmanddairy. You can also find her on Google+ and Facebook.