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USDA acreage reporting deadline is July 15

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ohio Farm Service Agency Executive Director Steven Maurer reminds farmers that July 15 is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops.

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

During the Sew Sew Sweet 4-H sewing club’s June meeting, a member brought up her idea for her community project.

A roundup of FFA news for the week of July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Pymatuning Valley FFA chapter has remained busy the first month of summer.

Checkoffs: More and more of the same

Thursday, July 10, 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there now are federal commodity checkoffs for beef, blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, “Honey Packers and Importers,” lamb, mango, mushrooms, paper and paper-based packaging, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, processed raspberries, softwood lumber, sorghum, soybeans and watermelons.

Ask FSA Andy about loans

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello again, One of the greatest challenges facing U.S. farmers is marketing their production at a profit. The last couple of years, corn and soybeans were selling near record highs and most farmers, even those with no marketing strategy, fared well. The next few years, with crop prices falling, offer a different story. The Farm […]

‘All is good’ on fishing trip to Canada

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It’s the crackling of the fire, the warmth of flames, the simple comfort of the stone fireplace, which highlight our evenings, which over the years have become treasured times of comradery, friendly jokes, and memories shared.

Don’t roll your eyes at others’ advice

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We are bombarded with advice from all directions. It comes first from our parents and family, and then it is spoken by friends, teachers, 4-H advisers, and other adults (like Extension educators!).

Dive into summer by doing less

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Are you making sure you aren’t doing enough? Have you really embraced the vacation mindset and given yourself permission to let things go?

Not all progress comes with engine

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was a pretty drive through farm country to attend Horse Progress Days in Mount Hope on a beautifully sunny Fourth of July. The quiet little town in Holmes County is just to the south of us here in Ohio by about a 40-minute drive. The thermometer had dipped down in to the 50s overnight, […]

Bioluminescence: Living lights are natural wonders

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The light that fireflies produce is nothing short of amazing.

What’s your farm’s color saying?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Have you ever driven along and noticed the rich green color of a cornfield on one side of the road while on the other side there’s a yellowish color to the corn crop?

OSU Extension planning meetings to help dairymen assess options.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Changes loom on the horizon for both crop and dairy farms as provisions of the 2014 farm bill are implemented.

Ask FSA Andy about acronyms

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Even though I vowed almost 30 years ago when I first starting working here that I wouldn’t use acronyms, I find myself using all of them.

Farming gets in your blood at birth: ‘I want to stay out here with the cows’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Farming can get in a family’s blood early on.

Summer of squalor

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I accepted a certain amount of savagery in my life when we willingly entered into living in a house without granite countertops, a master suite, attached garage or central air. Clearly, our standards are low.

Old feathered friends can be found at the beach

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A trip to the beach can be filled with surprises. One sure bet is that there will be gulls galore.

Conservation makes a difference, for ourselves and the future

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We all know people (maybe you are one of them) who are dedicated to a cause, a community, a church, a charity, a job. They are the ones who step up and get the job done. Quite simply, dedicated people are the backbone of any organization. Not a startling revelation, but one that I have […]

Readers respond to farm and food column

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Columnist reviews his feeback — the compliments and the criticism.

USDA report shocks the grain market

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

After the June 30 USDA acreage and stocks reports, we are looking at the worst one-day trading in years, and the market is struggling to decide what low prices really are.

Soil test has surprising results

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Medina SWCD just completed a soil testing project in cooperation with Spencer Feed and Supply, located in Spencer, Ohio, in the western part of Medina County. Their service area is mostly in the headwaters of the Black River Watershed to Lake Erie.

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