Stories by Susan Crowell

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.)

Hog brings $10,000 at Geauga County Fair market livestock sale

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Alyse Zemba’s 270-pound grand champion market hog brought a whopping $38 a pound at this year’s Geauga County Fair junior fair market sale.

In Ohio, Southeast FFA’er creates milk can fundraiser

Friday, August 30, 2013

Southeast FFA member Alex Zavara III has painted two FFA milk can seats that have earned his chapter $1,700 over the past two years.

Molnar Farms: Quality produce with a WOW! factor

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In Mahoning County, the Molnar family knew it had to expand their farm market if they wanted to continue to grow. Today, their market is as beautiful as their produce.

Animal rights vandals hit butter cow at Iowa State Fair

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Vandals from the Iowans for Animal Liberation dowsed the Iowa State Fair’s butter cow with red paint symbolizing blood, and wrote “Freedom for All” on the glass display window.

2013 Mercer Co. 4-H Roundup livestock sale totals nearly $142,000

Saturday, August 10, 2013

This year’s market livestock sale at the Mercer County (Pa.) 4-H Roundup totaled nearly $142,000.

2013 Columbiana County Fair market livestock sales total nearly $435,000

Friday, August 2, 2013

The junior fair market livestock sales at the 2013 Columbiana County Fair totaled nearly $435,000, on the sale of 471 lots.

Crowell on video junkies, ag research and county fairs

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Congressional appropriations to R&D of the National Institutes of Health totaled nearly $31 billion in fiscal year 2012. Ag research got a paltry $277 million.

Hively, Houlette inducted into Columbiana County Agriculture Hall of Fame

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Columbiana County Agriculture Hall of Fame will enshrine Curtis F. Hively and Carey Augustus Houlette July 30.

Precautionary principle: By removing a risk, are we limiting finding solutions to the problem?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Editor Susan Crowell on the precautionary principle: Public perception of risk can certainly be different than a scientific assessment of risk, but I’m not sure my perhaps-ignorant perception should hamper scientific inquiry.

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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.