Stories by Susan Crowell

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.

It’s National Ag Day, and, farmers, we need you more than ever

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dear farmer, those of us who don’t make a living from the good earth need you. And we need to feel connected to you because we rely so heavily on your work.

Is rural America dying?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The 2008 survey and report, “Place Matters,” found a substantial majority of respondents in all rural regions would advise a teenager to leave for opportunities elsewhere. That’s a sad statement. We must find the vision and political will to reverse that reality. We must find a way to bring rural America back to life.

Will we listen to Clint Eastwood’s halftime speech?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad narrated by Clint Eastwood reminds us that we — Americans — are gritty and resilient. We’re the wet-behind-the-ears upstarts still writing our young country’s first chapters. It also reminds us of what’s so great about this country: the freedom to fail and the freedom to reinvent and the freedom to change.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association presents top awards; honors Dr. Bobby Moser

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association honored four of its farm family members with its highest awards Jan. 28 during the association annual meeting in Dublin.

Who made HSUS the Jell-O sheriff?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Humane Society of the United States? Still don’t trust ‘em!

Would you open your barn doors?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

If we don’t tell the public about agriculture, who will? You know who will. So are you ready to start talking yet?

New Pa. Farm Show exhibit: Today’s farm has nothing to hide

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

“If we’re ashamed of what we’re going, maybe we shouldn’t be doing it.” Opening the barn doors at Pa. Farm Show ‘Today’s Agriculture’ exhibit.

Farmers, may I have your autograph, please?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

“2012 will bring an added emphasis to a different kind of food celebrity — the farmer.”

On tragedy: There is a reason why, we just need to figure it out ourselves

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why do bad things happen to good people? And what are the rest of us supposed to do now?

This farm girl will never settle for mediocrity: We could learn a lot from Pat Summitt

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This year’s Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year developed her ball skills in the hayloft of her family’s barn. And the farm work ethic helped build Pat Summitt’s eight NCAA championships with the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee.

This is not your father’s farm bill

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Purdue’s Otto Doering: “We have a tendency in the U.S. to socialize losses and privatize gains.” Don’t expect to see much of that in the next farm bill.

A Thanksgiving reminder: There are doughnuts all around you

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The gospel song All Good Gifts, from the Broadway musical Godspell, is one of my favorite songs at this time of the year. I think it’s because it marries the gratitude of the season with a grower’s perspective. Planting a seed each season is simply an act of faith. We can do everything we can […]

Listen to your smart brain, but trust your gut

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Your gut is a combination of your head and your heart. Your knowledge and your passion. Trust it.

New milking parlor features automated sorting system, first in Ohio

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Rufener family at Congress Lake Farms near Suffield, Ohio, built a new freestall barn and milking parlor. The facility includes one of the first automated RFID sorting systems in Ohio.

Future of ag is all about refrigerators

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The opportunity is there for the future of agriculture. Just open the refrigerator.

Urban farmers, welcome to our world

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The future of food production will include a “mosaic of different farming systems,” as one agronomist recently put it. But the systems still have to be sustainable — and that means economically sustainable, too.

Kasich at Farm Science Review: Agriculture is base of economic growth

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

(Scroll down for a video excerpt of the governor’s speech.) LONDON, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants a strong agriculture industry in the state. Because that means a strong economy in general. Speaking Sept. 20 at the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio, Kasich said the Buckeye State is underpinned by an agricultural economy, […]

Need Marcellus info? Ask Penn State

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don’t get the “facts” on Marcellus Shale drilling from your neighbor. Trust, but verify.

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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.