Stories by Susan Crowell

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.

At Farm Science Review, Ohio farms honored for conservation work; officials say more is needed

Friday, September 23, 2011

Recognizing Ohio’s top conservation farm families seemed particularly significant during this year’s awards ceremony at the Farm Science Review Sept. 22. That’s because more than one official who spoke warned of impending environmental regulations if the farming community doesn’t step up to the plate voluntarily.

49 things we love at the Farm Science Review

Sunday, September 18, 2011

49 things we love at the Farm Science Review!

Ohio State University’s ag dean, Bobby Moser, to retire

Friday, September 2, 2011

Bobby Moser, Ohio State University’s vice president for agricultural administration to retire: ‘It’s been a tremendous, tremendous ride.’

The argument that won’t go away: Farm subsidies are making us fat

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I’m not buying the argument that farm subsidies are the major villain. If you want to oppose farm subsidies, that’s fine. Just don’t do it hiding behind an overweight person.

Hookstown Fair Sale of Champions

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Congratulations to the winners of the market livestock shows at this year’s Hookstown Fair.

Scenes from Lawrence County Fair antique tractor pull

Sunday, August 21, 2011

They might not have had the roar of the modern pulling tractors, but these antique tractors can still get the job done.

Lawrence County Fair livestock sale spotlights 4-H, FFA youth

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lawrence County (Pa.) 4-H and FFA’ers wrapped up their market livestock projects at the annual livestock sale Aug. 20.

Records fall at Butler Farm Show market livestock sale

Friday, August 12, 2011

Several records were set at this year’s market livestock sale at the Butler Farm Show, including a record $25.50 per pound for the grand champion hog.

You want economic stability in your town? Think farms, small businesses

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It will take new ways of thinking to climb out of this current jobless hole. We should foster entrepreneurship, incentivize innovation, encourage education, and reward small businesses and the self-employed.

Columbiana County Fair steer, cheese and dairy beef feeder photos

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Early Columbiana County Fair market livestock sale photos.

Grazing bison is pretty much like other livestock: Gotta pay attention

Friday, July 29, 2011

Intensive grazing management concepts work the same, even if you’re raising buffalo, like the Swope farmily at Heritage Lane Farm.

Ohio Sheep Day: Looking for new farming niche? Think sheep

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Accelerated lambing could hold key to greater sheep profitability, and small farms in Midwest are poised to take advantage of opportunity.

Blue Heron Farm: Selling lambs year-round can work

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

It all started with 12 lambs Duane Miller brought home for his wife, Cynthia Koonce, to bottle feed and try to save and raise. In her kitchen. Today, she’s raising sheep, all right — 350 of them.

Pulling for Zack: Ohio 4-H’er and cancer survivor receives surprise pulling tractor

Monday, July 11, 2011

A five-state tractor pulling community comes together to make an Ohio 4-H’er and cancer survivor’s wish come true.

We’re all just irresponsible wimps

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Your mother and Uncle Sam can’t protect you all the time.


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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 and follow Farm and Dairy at You can also find her on Google+ and Facebook.