Stories by Susan Crowell

What organic is and what it isn’t

Thursday, September 13, 2012

No two farmers manage their farms the same way — one organic grower could have higher risk of bacterial contamination than another, and the same could be said of a nonorganic grower.

My blaze of glory in the dairy show ring

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Editor Susan Crowell is going to quit her day job and become a professional dairy showman. All someone needs to do is to: a) train her; and b) keep her in M&Ms.

Geauga County youth cap market livestock project year at sale

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Who won grand champion honors at this year’s Geauga County Fair? Find out here.

Farmers, you could learn a lot from a Twinkie

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What can we learn for our own farm’s success from the missteps of Hostess, Kodak and J.C. Penney? Editor Susan Crowell weighs in.

Ohio State’s new ag dean Bruce McPheron: ‘I’m going home’

Friday, August 17, 2012

For Bruce McPheron, a native of Hardin County, Ohio, the opportunity serve as dean of Ohio State’s ag college was “a chance of a lifetime.”

2012 Ashtabula County Fair

Monday, August 13, 2012

Scenes from the 2012 Ashtabula County Fair.

U.S. gets more from rural America than just our farm products

Friday, August 10, 2012

Editor Susan Crowell says we need new uses of agricultural commodities, to keep that new blood and passion to continue to build our rural communities.

Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame enshrines Lifer, Myers, Zartman and Moser

Saturday, August 4, 2012

This year’s Ohio Ag Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Ohio State Fair.

2012 Columbiana County Fair photos from Thursday night sale

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A few photos from Thursday night’s steer, dairy beef feeder and cheese sales (plus a few others thrown in for good measure).

Forget Match.com. Bring those singles out to the farm

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Short on farm labor? Just create a “working mixer” for singles, says Editor Susan Crowell. (Hey, it worked for a farmer in Idaho!)

Established in 1791: New barn reinvigorates Rynd farm

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Today, the Rynd brothers — Dennis, 65, and Jim, 61, — and Dennis’ son Brooks, 36, can’t imagine farming again like they did in the old tie-stall barn.

Restoring confidence in education

Thursday, July 12, 2012

“If we aren’t agile, if we can’t innovate, somebody else will go to the dance in our shoes. The land grant system is a world solution; we should settle for nothing less than world domination.” — Dr. Bruce McPheron.

We still hold these truths self-evident

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Declaration of Independence was voted the most influential document in American history. Editor Susan Crowell says perhaps it is time we dig it out for a closer study, for to understand our roots may help get us back on track as a nation for tomorrow.

Give me a Big Gulp or give me death

Monday, June 18, 2012

Count me in as one of the many who think New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to limit the container size of sodas is totally asinine.

Farm to Fork: Pa. teen starts beef cattle enterprise with a market for next 10 years

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Pennsylvania teen is starting his own beef enterprise, and has locked in a 10-year market at nearby Grove City College through Bon Appetit’s Farm to Fork program.

Robotic milkers breathe new life into three-generation Pennsylvania dairy

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Three generations agree: Robotic milkers were a great addition to their western Pennsylvania dairy farm.

Happy 150th birthday, USDA!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The USDA is celebrating its 150th birthday, but farmers deserve some cake, too.

Farmers, grab some Domino’s this weekend

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Domino’s Pizza shareholders took a stand against the HSUS’ tactics of pushing its vegan/vegetarian philosophy under the guise of animal welfare.

Ag in the middle is getting squeezed, but that doesn’t have to be you

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nationally, mid-sized farms make up the largest share of ‘working farms.’ You’re not too big, but not too little. Goldilocks might say you’re just right.

Pink slime push-back: Someone smarter, or more emotional, than me has to figure this out

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Maybe the ag industry needs to listen more and talk less. Maybe we need to bring in more outsiders, and ask them, “what would a customer think about this?” We might have seen the pink slime push-back coming.

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About Susan

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.