Stories by Susan Crowell

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.

Every farmer should be a romantic

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Consumers want to be courted, romanced by your passion for agriculture. And they can only learn about that passion — they can only get to know you — if you are willing to share your story.

Beatitudes for Farmers

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It’s been a tough spring. But there are things we can control that may make a difference, if only to your mental health (which is pretty important). I call them the “Beatitudes for Farmers.”

First place in the Hoard’s Dairyman contest? Give that man a block of cheese!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

John Winchell is a rock star. Well, not a head-banging musician or Mick Jagger-like rock star, but a dairy rock star. And he’s got the bragging rights — and a traveling trophy — to prove it. You see, Winchell won the 2011 Hoard’s Dairyman cow judging contest in the agri-marketers division, competing against 962 contestants […]

Animal research saves lives of both humans and animals

Friday, May 6, 2011

Those who would decry animal research of any kind are actually hurting future care, health, and treatment of the very animals they proclaim to protect.

Worried about emerald ash borer? You don’t have to cut ash trees down

Monday, April 4, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — Cutting down ash trees isn’t the only strategy for managing emerald ash borer (EAB) in residential and municipal landscapes.

There’s a new kid in town: Meet The Social Silo

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Social Silo is the new “social face” of the Farm and Dairy.

Blame game won’t feed the world

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rising food prices. Everyone’s talking about them. And everyone’s pointing fingers of blame.

Ohioans, get ready for another HSUS battle

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Reading between the HSUS lines: “We’ll say we’ll negotiate with agriculture, but if we don’t get our way, we’re not going to play nice anymore.”

Let’s put knowledge to work: Support land-grant mission

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We are in an atmosphere of questioning spending, taxes and finding ways for all levels of government to live within its means. But cutting investments in agricultural R&D, innovation and education is like eating your seed corn — and next year you’ll go hungry.

Water quality: Not quite, but almost, rocket science

Thursday, February 3, 2011

We’ll be hearing lots more about watershed protection and regulation across the country, as states are mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency to establish nutrient standards for water bodies.

Here’s to those who work for a living

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

You know what our problem is? “We’ve spent decades trying to distance ourselves from traditional notions of Work,” says Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe.

Farmers, embrace your link in the food chain

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Farmers need to embrace their new/old role in the food chain, engage with eaters everywhere through outreach and education. We should “own” the food issue.

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Fred Johnson

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fred Johnson Fred H. Johnson Jr., who did more to advance the Angus cattle breed than probably any other individual in the breed’s history worldwide, died Sept. 6, 2007, at age 91, at his home in Summitville, Ohio, Johnson built an innovative tile manufacturing company with his brother, Pete, and threw that same business passion […]

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Orville Freeman

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Orville Freeman Orville Freeman, a Democratic Farmer Labor party member who served as governor of Minnesota from 1955 to 1961, died Feb. 20, 2003. As secretary of agriculture under presidents Kennedy and Johnson (1961 to 1969), Freeman helped to create the food stamp program, school breakfast programs, and promoted the export of U.S. farm products.

We lost some great ones in century’s first decade: Harold L. Smith

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Harold L. Smith A champion of woodland management and forestry education, Harold L. Smith, died Oct. 30, 2007, at age 97. The Mahoning County, Ohio, resident retired in 1972 from the Department of Defense U.S. Army as a civilian executive officer. He served in the Navy during WWII, the Korean Conflict, and also spent 22 […]

Ohio Farm Bureau leaders encourage; delegates challenge Extension

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

COLUMBUS — The theme of this year’s Ohio Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting was “I am Farm Bureau,” but the secondary theme could’ve been, “Can we talk?” and “Are you listening?”

Kasich to Ohio Farm Bureau: We need common sense government

Monday, December 6, 2010

Governor-elect John Kasich would like to take some common sense from Ohio farmers and instill it into the state’s government workers, but he also tells farmers to step up to the plate and self-regulate.

Circuit court calls part of Ohio’s milk labeling law unconstitutional

Monday, October 4, 2010

Processors can now label milk as “rbST-free.” Decision also claims a compositional difference exists between rbST-free and rbST-treated milk.

Facing a beginning and an ending at Farm and Dairy

Friday, September 24, 2010

“A year’s plan starts with spring.” – Chinese proverb Like farmers, the Chinese who quote this proverb recognize a good harvest depends on the spring sowing. After all, you reap what you sow. But here at Farm and Dairy, the year starts in the fall. At this time every year, we turn another page and […]

What will you say when the media call your farm?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Every farmer and every farm needs to have a public relations plan in place — BEFORE the media come calling.


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